Antimicrobial Food Additives
The chemical preservation of food plays an essential role in both food science and the food processing industry. Despite its importance, however, information has remained dispersed in journals and handbooks. Now, the two authors, both leading research scientists at Hoechst, provide the first comprehensive overview of all aspects of food preservation by chemical techniques.
Natural additives are increasingly favoured over synthetic ones as methods of ensuring food safety and long shelf-life. The antimicrobial properties of both plant-based antimicrobials such as essential oils and proteins such as bacteriocins are used in, for example, edible preservative films, in food packaging and in combination with synthetic preservatives for maximum efficacy.