Organic Acids Incorporated Edible Antimicrobial Films

Eswaranandam Satchithanandam, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Navam S. Hettiarachchy, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Eswaranandam Satchithanandam, Department of Food Science; Navam S. Hettiarachchy, Department of Food Science


Provides an edible film solution comprising incorporated organic acids; protein and glycerol useful for coating raw whole fruit, fresh cut fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry, seafood, cereals, nuts, etc. The edible films can inhibit pathogen growth including Listeria monocytogens, Salmonella gaminara and E. coli 0157:H7. In a preferred embodiment, the edible film comprises 0.9% glycerol; 10% soy protein; and 2.6% malic acid. A method for coating comestible products with edible films without masking the color but increasing the shelf-life is also provided.