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Active barrier packaging materials for fat and oils


Key words polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle, oxygen scavenger, active barrier, shelf life, packaging material, mayonnaise, olive oil
Latest version 2011/11/25
Completed by FRIP

How does it work?

Primary objective Reduction of oxygen flux through the packaging material (active barrier)
Working principle This technology is based on the enclosure of an oxygen scavenger in the packaging material. An oxygen scavenger is a material or combination of reactive compounds and reacts with oxygen to provide enhanced barrier protection for oxygen sensitive products. It is incorporated into layers of containers where it controls oxygen and CO2 permeation and protects product integrity. For liquid foods, a polymeric oxygen scavenging system is suitable. This active barrier reduces, e.g. for extra virgin olive oil, the decline in antioxidant activity during storage in PET bottles. Oxidation of products is lower than in simple PET bottles stored under the same conditions [1, 4]. Materials having high oxygen barrier properties, for example PET with oxygen scavenger slow down the quality decay kinetics to larger extent, as compared to PET alone [2]. The performance of active barrier PET containers may move towards that of glass bottles (which have high oxygen barrier properties). E.g. mayonnaise stored in PET containers with an oxygen scavenger incorporated during extrusion has comparable oxidative stability as stored in glass [5]. Passive barriers (simply blocking the passage of oxygen through the packaging walls) partially lose their capability as the temperature rises. Active barriers, however, are oxygen-scavenging materials that re-balance their rate of reaction to follow changes in temperature.
Additional effects Preservation of quality of the packaging product, Improved oxygen protection inhibits the growth of mold and aerobic microorganisms improving the microbial quality of the product, it help preserve product color, flavor
Important process parameters
Important product parameters

What can it be used for?

Products PETs with polymer oxygen scavenger are suitable for liquid or semiliquid oil (fatty) foods . It is also suitable for some other liquid foods (e.g. beer)
Operations Packaging of products
Solutions for short comings Prolonged shelf life and improved quality of oil and fat products compared to ordinary PET packaging, comparable barrier properties with glass packaging (depend on type of scavenger)

What can it NOT be used for?

Other limitations Multilayered scavengers can separate or delaminate under temperature or pressure stress, leaving an unattractive looking container
Risks or hazards There is not a risk of migration polymeric type scavenger in to the product


Maturity This technology of packaging is used in industry. Many kinds of active polymeric scavenger are available under different trademarks (Oxbar® , MonOxbar® , DiamondClear®, Amosorb® etc.). Differences are mainly in structure of layer (multi-layer, monolayer) and materials.
Modularity /Implementation For multi-layer oxygen scavenger a multilayer injection equipment is required
Consumer aspects Some types of scavengers (monolayer barrier material) are not accepted well due to the pearlescence and haze, which drastically reduces its attraction on the shelf.
Legal aspects Regulation (EC) 1935/2004 on material and articles intended to come into contact with food

Regulation (EC/Nr. 450/2009) on active and intelligent materials and articles intended to come into contact with food Regulation (EC) 72/2002: “Positive list”

Environmental aspects Improved recyclability (Compatible with PETE-1 recycling streams), PET containers with monolayer barrier material also deliver freight savings and reduced greenhouse emissions.

Further Information

Institutes Clemson University, Advanced Plastics Technologies, Institute of Plastics Processing. Aachen
Companies Constar, BP, Colormatrix, Invista, Honeywell, Amcor Flexibles
References [1] Cecchi T., Passamonti P., Cecchi P. (2010): Study of the quality of extra virgin olive oil stored in PET bottles with or without an oxygen scavenger, FOOD CHEMISTRY, 120 (3): 730-735

[2] GAMBACORTA G., DEL NOBILE M. A. , TAMAGNONE P., LEONARDI M., FACCIA M., LA NOTTE E. (2004): Shelf-life of extra virgin olive oil stored in packages with different oxygen barrier properties, Italian journal of food science, 16 (4): 417-428

[3] Cecchi Teresa, Passamonti Paolo, Cecchi Patrizio (2009): Is It Advisable to Store Olive Oil in PET Bottles?, FOOD REVIEWS INTERNATIONAL, 25 (4): 271-283

[4] R. Sacchi, M. Savarese2, A. Del Regno, A. Paduano, R. Terminiello, M. L. Ambrosino (2008) : Shelf life of vegetable oils bottled in different scavenging polyethyleneterephthalate (PET) containers, Packaging Technology and Science, 21(5): 269–277

[5] Sensidoni A; Leonardi M; Possamai A; et al. (2004): Study of an innovative pet (polyethylene terephthalate) packaging for mayonnaise and evaluation of product shelf life, ITALIAN JOURNAL OF FOOD SCIENCE, 16 (2): 139-149

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