Edible Food Packaging made from Milk Protein Casein. Now we can Eat the Food Wrappers too.

Edible Food Packaging made from Milk Protein Casein. Now we can Eat the Food Wrappers too.


At the grocery store, most foods — meats,
breads, cheeses, snacks — come wrapped in plastic packaging. Not only does this create a lot of non-recyclable,
non-biodegradable waste, but thin plastic films are not great at preventing spoilage. And some plastics are suspected of leaching
potentially harmful compounds into food. To address these issues, scientists are now
developing a packaging film made of milk proteins — and it is even edible. The researchers are presenting their work
at American Chemical Society (ACS). The protein-based films are powerful oxygen
blockers that help prevent food spoilage. When used in packaging, they could prevent
food waste during distribution along the food chain And spoiled food is just one issue. Current food packaging is mainly petroleum-based,
which is not sustainable. It also does not degrade, creating tons of
plastic waste that sits in landfills for years. To create an all-around better packaging solution,
the researchers are developing an environmentally friendly film made of the milk protein casein. These casein-based films are up to 500 times
better than plastics at keeping oxygen away from food and, because they are derived from
milk, are biodegradable, sustainable and edible.

2 thoughts on “Edible Food Packaging made from Milk Protein Casein. Now we can Eat the Food Wrappers too.”

  1. It is dangerous to the people with severe milk(Casein) allergy. Hopefully regulation make it clear to identify what ingredients are used in packaging

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