Parkside takes on campylobacter with new packaging

Packaging manufacturer Parkside has developed a new range of poultry packaging with antimicrobial technology that reduces the growth of bacteria, such as campylobacter. 

The company is using a silver-based additive to coat the outer face of the packaging, which will help prevent bacteria growth. The solution recently underwent a series of independently tested and verified trials, which proved successful.

Paula Birch, sales director at Parkside, said: “The demand for ready-to-eat, fresh and easily prepared food is increasing. Initially the packaging of these foods was simply to provide protective and barrier functions. However, the growth of bacteria on packaged foodstuffs continues to cause problems regarding consumer food safety and of course, product quality. To deal with this issue, Parkside has designed and developed a range of flexible packaging solutions which incorporate antimicrobial technology to improve pack functionality.”

It hopes the technology will reduce incidents of campylobacter, which is the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK.

“The technology used by Parkside incorporates silver ions into coatings and is aimed specifically at the poultry category and other protein markets where campylobacter is a major issue,” she added.

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