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LINPAC Packaging and Addmaster offer solution to Campylobacter threat

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LINPAC Packaging and Addmaster offer solution to Campylobacter threat

The FSA's most recent research suggests about 60 per cent of raw shop-bought chicken is contaminated. Even when a flock is identified as having the bacteria, the birds can still be sold for human consumption on the grounds that, properly handled and properly cooked, they present no risk to human health.
Campylobacter is the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK and is an increasing concern for the entire supply chain. Preventing cross-contamination during preparation, processing, packing and distribution is seen as a key strategy in reducing the risk to consumers.
As market leaders in their respective fields, food packaging company LINPAC Packaging has teamed up with Addmaster to work with some customers on the creation of  a technically-advanced range of trays and lidding films with built-in antimicrobial technology to reduce bacteria growth on the outer packaging of fresh meat.
Addmaster is the leading supplier of performance additives to industry. Its Biomaster antimicrobial technology is a silver-based additive that can be added into any plastic, paper, textile, paint or coating product. Treated products have been proven to reduce the growth of Campylobacter on their surface by up to 99.99%.
Alan Davey, Director of Innovation at LINPAC Packaging, said: “While the correct handling and preparation of food by consumers at home prevents contamination, our work with Addmaster is addressing concerns raised by our customers and is helping them to reduce the chances of bacterial growth on the outer packaging of fresh meat products in the stages between farm and fork.
“Addmaster and LINPAC Packaging are committed to helping its customers deliver safer food products by bringing together innovation and technology to develop high quality packaging solutions.”
Paul Morris, Managing Director at Addmaster, said the aim was to create a range of packaging which is safe, effective and at minimal cost. “Our antimicrobial packaging solution significantly reduces the dangers associated with bugs like Salmonella, E.coli and Campylobacter in particular. The actual contamination in chicken meat itself can be removed by correct cooking but if the bird is contaminated then the bacteria will spread around the packaging, around the environment and around customers’ kitchens leading to cross contamination issues.”
He added: “The additives are cost-effective and crucially do not affect product functionality or the food’s organoleptic properties like taste and smell. However, it should be noted that anti-microbial packaging is only part of the solution and consumers must ensure that their chicken is properly cooked to make sure it is safe to eat.”

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