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Consumers food and nutrition packaging

Consumers: Food and NutritionPackaging

1.5 Why is packaging integral to the food manufacturing process?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a range of packaging materials?

What impact do packaging materials have on the environment?

Packaging traditional and contemporary

Packaging: Traditional and Contemporary

  • Traditional Packaging refers to:

    • Paper

    • Cans

    • Tins

  • Contemporary Packaging refers to:

    • Mulit-layered cardboard

    • Vacuum (cryovac) packaging

    • Modified atmosphere packaging

Packaging laws

Packaging Laws

  • National Food Authority: The Trade Practice Act controls:

    • Hygiene and safety standards.

    • Weights and measures of contents

    • Amount of free space (head space)

Categories of packaging

Categories of packaging

  • Primary packaging

    • In contact with the food

    • What the consumer sees when they buy the food

  • Secondary packaging

    • Holds individual items together. Eg cardboard box that items are unpacked from in supermarket

  • Tertiary packaging

    • Pallets of shrink wrapped boxes for transport

Functions of packaging convenience

Functions of Packaging: Convenience

  • Packaging enabled food to be carried conveniently from point of sale to use.

  • It can assist in the easy of use and storage

    • Honey in a squeeze bottle instead of a screw top jar

    • Lasagne in a container suitable for refrigerator or freezer

  • Contemporary packaging makes foods easier to use

    • Can with ring pull tops

    • Pop-tops on drink bottles

    • Resealable plastic bags

    • Dips and biscuits in separate containers

    • Long life packaging

Functions of packaging protection

Functions of Packaging: Protection

  • Packaging is designed to limit the chances of food coming in to contact with conditions that may spoil or contaminate it. For example:

    • Impact or mechanical damage

    • Pests (rodents/ insects)

    • Moisture

    • Oxygen

    • Light

    • Chemical contamination

    • Micro-organisms

  • Types of package is designed to match the food and risk factors for that product. For example:

    • Milk cartons limit light penetration

    • Cereal is placed in a plastic bag in a cardboard box to prevent moisture from softening the cereal

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Functions of Packaging: Protection

  • Packaging allows foods to be transported and stored free from physical hazards.

    • Eggs cartons prevent eggs from cracking or breaking

  • Packaging reduces the risk of sabotage

    • Consumers can quickly see if a product has been opened

Functions of packaging supplies information

Functions of Packaging: Supplies Information

  • Packaging allows the manufacturer to communicate important information to the consumer about the product. This information includes:

    • Name of product

    • Price

    • Weight

    • Use by day or date packaged

    • Ingredient listing

    • Nutritional value

    • Cooking and storage instructions

    • Place of manufacture

  • Packaging is a marketing tool to attract specific groups in the community.

Properties of packaging materials

Properties of packaging materials

  • To protect food quality packaging materials must have a number of functional properties

    • Non-reactive. Non toxic, no adverse chemical reactions with the food

    • Hygienic. Clean, able to be sterilised if required

    • Barrier specificity to suit the food. Eg prevent absorption of gases, moisture, light

Contemporary types of packaging

Contemporary Types of Packaging

  • Aseptic

    • Food and the container are sterilised separately and then the container is filled and sealed in a sterile environment.

  • Active packaging

    • Allows gases to be exchanged - designed to interact with the air in the package.

    • Most common method involves including small sachets to add or remove gases

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Contemporary Types of Packaging

  • Controlled Atmosphere Packaging (CAP)

    • Measuring and monitoring the storage atmosphere to maintain gases at desired levels for particular foods.

    • Suitable for large scale storage rooms and transport containers and is usually combined with temperature control

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Contemporary Types of Packaging

  • Modified atmosphere packaging (MAP)

    • Changing the atmosphere inside the retail package

    • Three types of MAP packaging include:

      • Vacuum packaging

        • Withdraws air from packages to form a tight fit around the food

      • Gas packaging

        • Gas is inserted in to the packaging to replaceoxygen before sealing. E.g. Carbon Dioxide

      • Barrier packaging

        • Liners or barriers, which allow some gasesto enter and prevents others.

Cryovac packaging

Cryovac packaging

A process of packing food products like meat in heavy duty plastic packaging and then removing all oxygen by a vacuum process (the removal of oxygen helps stop dehydration and the growth of micro-organisms.)

Under specific temperature controls, the shelf life of the food can be extended to anything up to four or more weeks, depending on the type of food.

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Contemporary Types of Packaging

  • Environmental packaging

    • Much work is being done to produce biodegradable packaging – Can be broken down by high temperatures , moisture.

Packaging and the environment

Packaging and the Environment

  • Manufacturers are required to abide by the Code of Practice for Packaging.

  • Try to reduce environmental impacts by :

    • Producing lightweight containers, using lighter materials or reduced container wall thickness.

    • Producing concentrates

    • Making bulk units of the products to reduce excessive packaging

    • Using recyclable, reusable and biodegradable materials

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