The Institute of Food Technologies (IFT) recently held a symposium where there was discussion of new coatings that could better combat food-borne illnesses. Researchers are working on coatings to make food packaging bacteria-resistant and also able to combat other harmful microbes.

According to the release, “We have designed new polymer coatings that can be applied to food processing surfaces that resist microbial adhesion and can actually inactivate any microbes that do adhere, preventing them from growing and potentially contaminating our food supply,” said Julie Goddard, an associate professor in the department of food science at Cornell University.

Such coatings could also help to keep food from spoiling as quickly, decreasing food waste, and have potential applications for food processing plant, handling, and harvesting equipment. 

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