KNOTTINGLEY, ENGLAND (Aug. 30, 1 p.m. ET) — Linpac Group Ltd. has teamed up with masterbatch specialists Addmaster (UK) Ltd. to create a range of raw meat trays and lid films that they said should greatly reduce the risk of contamination from bacteria.
Contamination from the likes of salmonella, E.coli and campylobacter – said to be the most common cause of food poisoning in the United Kingdom – is a growing concern for suppliers, particularly during preparation, processing, packing and distribution.
Linpac Packaging and Addmaster said they are working together to create a technically-advanced range of tray and lidding film solutions incorporating the latter's Biomaster additives.
Addmaster said these additives reduce the growth of campylobacter on the surface of treated products by up to 99.99 percent.
Alan Davey, innovation director at Linpac Packaging, said the correct handling and preparation of food by consumers at home prevented contamination.
But he added: “Our work with Addmaster is addressing concerns raised by our customers and is helping them to reduce the chances of bacterial growth on the outer packaging of fresh meat products in the stages between farm and fork.”
Paul Morris, Addmaster's managing director, said the aim was to create a safe, effective and cost-conscious range of packaging.
“The additives are cost-effective and crucially do not affect product functionality or the food's organoleptic properties, like taste and smell,” he added.