Food distribution has undergone two major revolutions in the last century, canning and freezing. These gave consumers easy availability to most type of produce. However, energy crisis, ecological awareness and demand for healthy and fresh food have created a need for a technology that allows distribution of fresh produce around the year. It uses minimum processing and little energy and maximizes nutrition and flavour. Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) theoretically, offers a possibility of meeting these requirements.
Modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) is a packaging system that involves changing the gaseous atmosphere surrounding a food product inside a pack, and employing packaging materials and formats with an appropriate level of gas barrier to maintain the changed atmosphere at an acceptable level for preservation of the food. Modified atmosphere packaging has its benefit of provides longer shelf life with higher quality, produces less waste, More sales opportunities, lesser use of preservatives and last but not least appealing package design. It has few limitations also high complexity, relatively high cost.
This presentation covers the fundamentals of MAP. This webinar unfolds the MAP through four basic questions “Why, What, How, Where”.