Researchers from Trois-Rivières Prevent Spread of Germs

Researchers from Trois-Rivières Prevent Spread of Germs

New Packaging to Prevent Germs from Spreading to Your Food

A team of researchers from Trois-Rivières have developed an antimicrobial packaging that neutralizes the bacteria before it reaches food.
Imagine a warrior killer moves into your refrigerator and starts killing all of the negative microbes. No, this is not science fiction. This invention could arrive on store shelves shortly.

After three years of research, Professor Sylvain Duquette, the Project Manager at Innofibre, presented his findings this week at ACFAS.
This is actually the Centre national en électrochimie et en technologie environnementale de Shawinigan (CNETE) who developed the antimicrobial agent that is applied to the package in a manner akin to painting manner like paint.  The Trois-Rivières researchers’ part involved developing the best canvas or surface if you prefer to accommodate this new future paint.

As a shield

Unlike smart packaging that informs consumers about the state of maturation of their food, the antimicrobial packaging from Innofibre interacts directly with the product.
The package neutralizes bacteria on contact, giving it no chance to contaminate the food it contains.
This invention promises to meet the growing consumer demand for prepared meals that contain no preservatives, reducing food waste.

Renewable resource

But that’s not all. The packaging is also recyclable and even biodegradable, because it was made from a renewable resource that is abundant in our natural environment: Wood.
Before their interest in microbes, Innofibre was primarily a research centre specializing in the development of forest residues. Their factory is also unique due to its production capacity. It can produce paper at the speed of a kilometer a minute.
To create a package tailored to the antibacterial agent at CNETE, Innofibre naturally turned to their crystalline nanocellulose made from wood fiber. Like cardboard once treated, the nanocelluse antibacterial agent absorbs like a sponge.

The problem is that it requires longer treatment for this to work in containers for liquids, such as milk and fruit juices. This is an area where the Trois-Rivières researchers will focus work in the coming months.
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