PRODUCTION OF FOOD PACKAGING FROM BAGASSE PULPTO PROLONG SHELF-LIFE OF FRUIT S. Suvachittanont, P. Sangtherapitikul and P. Wityapinun Department of Chemical Engineering, Kasetsart University, 50 Phaholyothin Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok, 10900, Thailand Tel: (66 2) 942 8839 / (66 1) 314 0220 Fax: (66 2) 940 5914 E-mail: email@example.com ABSTRACT Bagasse is an abandant waste products from manufacturing of sugar industries from sugar cane. Bagasse could be useful sources of biodegradable packaging materials. Bagasse can be used as a raw material to make a food packaging. It is able prolong shelf- life fruit and agriculture products. This food packaging are made of bagasse fiber that interact with plasticized to form a nice well packaging paper, which will form a wonderful composition of starch matrix and shows a unique machanical properties (tensile strength). Excellence water resistance of their machanical properties by the behavior of hydrophobic character. By the meantime, if the oxygen absorbing agent is attached to the incorporating composite packaging materials. It will definitely prolong shelf-life of the foods or fruits contained inside this packaging container. In creating this packaging we use the composite matrix by the reaction of bagasse fiber and starch with plasticizer at quite high temperature. The result of this composite packaging materials showed an improvement of water resistance by reinforcing plasticized starch film with cellulose microfibrils. This behavious is related to the hydrophobic characteristic of the cellulose fiber in comparision to starch hydrophalic properties. The aim of this paper is to add oxygen absorber to attach to the packaging in order to extend the shelf-life of agriculture products egg. lemons, oranges or vegetables for export purpose with environmental friendly concept.
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