Packaging materials

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The following are among the more important general requirements and functions of food packaging materials/ containers:

  • they must be non-toxic and compatible with the specific foods;
  • sanitary protection;
  • moisture and fat protection;
  • gas and odour protection;
  • light protection;
  • resistance to impact;
  • transparency;
  • tamperproofness;
  • ease of opening;
  • pouring features;
  • reseal features;
  • ease of disposal;
  • size, shape, weight limitations;
  • appearance, printability;
  • low cost;
  • special features.

Content:

  • Protection of food by packaging materials
  • Films and foils; plastics
  • Glass containers
  • Paper packaging
  • "Tin can"/tinplate
Authors: 
Mircea Enachescu Dauthy
Publisher: 
FAO Agricultural Services Bulletin
Year: 
1995