Biobased mineral-oil barrier-coated food-packaging films

Jari Vartiainen (Corresponding Author), Christiane Laine, Pia Willberg-Keyriläinen, Marja Pitkänen, Taina Ohra-aho

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    Toxic mineral oils can migrate into foods from cardboard boxes made of recycled fibers. This is an emerging issue for the whole dry-food-packaging industry. Breakfast cereals, for example, are typically packaged in boxes with or without inner bags and consumed without further processing. Currently, fossil-based high-density polyethylene (HDPE) films are used as a major raw material for such inner bags. However, HDPE is a very poor barrier against mineral-oil migration. Biobased coatings from cellulose nanofibrils (CNFs), hydroxypropylated xylan, and hydroxypropylated cellulose were applied onto biobased high-density polyethylene (bio-HDPE) films, and the mineral-oil barrier properties were evaluated. All of the coated films significantly decreased the migration of ndecane, isobutylbenzene, 1-cyclohexylbutane, 1-cyclohexylheptane, and 1-cyclohexyldecane. Biobased barrier bags prepared from (2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidin-1-yl)oxy oxidized CNF coated bio-HDPE film protected the content to a great extent from mineral-oil migration compared to noncoated bio-HDPE and other commercial breakfast cereal-bag films.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numberAPP44586
    JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
    Issue number9
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • biopolymers and renewable polymers
    • cellulose and other wood products
    • coatings
    • packaging
    • polysaccharides


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