Intelligent packaging to enhance food safety and quality

K.L. Yam,     Rutgers University, USA


Intelligent packaging is an emerging technology that uses the communication function of the package to facilitate decision making in order to achieve the benefits of enhanced food quality and safety. This chapter introduces the basic concept of intelligent packaging and describes a conceptual framework of intelligent decision support system to minimize microbial hazards of food.

Key words

Intelligent packaging

smart package devices

food safety

8.1 Introduction

Traditionally, the functions of packaging are classified into four basic categories: protection, communication, convenience, and containment (Paine, 1991; Robertson, 1993

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