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Packaging/Interactions

Many processors are not fully aware of the implications in their choice of packaging materials. Incorrect choice of packaging materials for certain products often leads to undesirable interactions between the product and its packaging. What was "in spec" when it left the processing plant can be "out of spec" when received by the customer.

What are the consequences? Reduced shelf life, poor "off-the-shelf" product quality, compromised product safety, and premature or seemingly "unexplained" rancidity or spoilage. Off-odors and flavors can drastically impact sales in a very short amount of time.

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Common Issues in Packaging Interactions

Leachates
Extracts
Color Stability
Compatibility
Off-Odor
Additives
Film Identification
Suitability for Use
Water Vapor Isotherms
Solvent Vapor Isotherms
Delamination

 

Physical Evaluation of Packaging Materials

Permeation Barrier Properties
Laminates
Seals
Stretch
Wet Strength
Pinholes
Moisture in Resin
Flame Resistance
Thermal Analysis (Melting Point(s))
Printing
Screw-cap Torque
Shrink

 

Product Stability

Light Effects
Shelf-Life
Shelf-Life Stability (Accelerated)
Ink Transfer
Light Stability
Moisture Loss/Gain
Modified Atmosphere Changes

 

Interactions

Protein-Lipid
Carbohydrate-Lipid
Lipid-Lipid
Lipid-Package
Water-Package
Package-Environment

 

Packaging Components

Seals
Cans
Brickpacks
Pouches
Bags
Bottles
Tubes
Droppers
Applicators
Wicks
Sleeves
Liners
Caps
Closure
Pumps
Sprays
Pistons
Brushes