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Nanostructured and nanoencapsulated natural antimicrobials for use in food products

A. Brandelli1,  and T.M. Taylor2     1Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil     2Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA

Abstract

Nanobiotechnology can be a valuable tool for improving food safety. Natural antimicrobials can be incorporated into nanostructures for delivery and controlled release in food systems. The major nanostructural systems used for this are nanovesicles/nanospheres, nanoemulsions, nanofibers, and nanotubes. Characterization of nanostructures is achieved by particle size determination, zeta potential, electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, infrared spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction. Antimicrobial properties ...

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