MODIFIED ATMOSPHERE PACKAGING AND EXTENDING SHELF LIFE
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Most modified atmosphere
packaging simply does not use the right film to optimize it for the products
it contains. Subjecting fresh produce to an oxygen concentration that
is too low and/or where CO2 is too high, causes MA stress (Modified
Atmosphere) and directly reduces shelf life.
Traditionally, measuring the necessary O and CO2 permeability
of films for developing packaging or quality control has been a difficult
and long-winded task. Fortunately it can now be done easily and quickly
with the new Versaperm MK VI permeability equipment. The basic instrument
measures water vapour permeability (the single most important measurement)
and options are available to measure Oxygen (O), Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
and a variety of other gases.
The Versaperm MK VI equipment has an highly automated computerised control
which can cope with several samples at a time giving water vapour results
that can be accurate to better than one part per million. Sensitivities
are in the range 0.05 – 3200g/m2/day.
A sample testing service is also available from the company - usually
with a 24 hour turn around.
If produce is packed with films where the permeability is too low, O2
levels will be lower and CO2 levels higher than optimal. This
allows taints to develop during shelf life and the pack may not smell
fresh when it is opened. Where permeability is so low that normal respiration
cannot be sustained, fresh produce will start to ferment generating “off”
flavours and odours that range from cut grass to alcoholic. This can greatly
reduce shelf life and can become a food safety hazard.
Please send any sales enquiries to Christopher Roberts, Versaperm Limited ,
10 Rawcliffe House, Howarth Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 1AP, UK, Tel: +44 1628 777668
e.mail firstname.lastname@example.org Web http://www.versaperm.co.uk
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