Project Promotor: “Petru Poni” Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry - Iasi (PPIMC)
Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Cornelia VASILE

 Partner 1: NOFIMA AS (NOFIMA)
Team Leader: Dr. Morten SIVERTSVIK

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Partner 2: SC Research Institute of Organic and Auxiliaries Products SA (ICPAO)
Team Leader: Dr. Maria RAPA

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Team Leader: Dr. Laurentiu MOLDOVAN

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Partner 4: University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Bucharest (USAMVB)
Team Leader: Prof. Ass.Dr. Amalia Carmen MITELUT

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ACTIBIOSAFE project will contribute to reduce alteration of the food and food contamination risks by developing active and biodegradable packaging systems, which will deliver a new approach for the sustainable processing of bioplastics and will provide a functional packaging solution for food, as well as other applications.

Active packaging properties will be achieved through the use of chitosan and other bioactive natural substances that will contribute to antimicrobial and antioxidant characteristics in order to extend the shelf-life of the packaged goods and consequently to diminish the use of preservatives on food formulations. These features of food packaging contribute to improvement the level of consumers’ awareness and their capacity to make healthy choices and the prevention of chronic diseases. Also, development and implementation of active food packaging envisage environment protection with respect to the decrease in fossil resources and need to reduce the amount of disposable packaging materials.

The solutions implemented for achieving these objectives concern materials, processes and technologies. Moreover, specific project orientations will be implemented.

 The main objective of the project is to obtain complex bioactive systems based on PHAs (PLA) and chitosan biopolymers as well as on the design and embedding of encapsulated forms with active substances in order to:


a) prolong the shelf-life of the food packaged products;


b) to inhibit pathogenic microorganisms growth and


c) to impart to packaging other functionality (antioxidative, bioactive).


The project objectives aim to achieve these priority aspects:


1) reducing food contamination risk and extending shelf-life of food products by obtaining active and biodegradable new food pack system and to increase quality, food safety and security for a wide range of food products during storage;


2) minimizing food packaging waste through replacing traditional plastic packaging materials with a new biodegradable and antimicrobial packaging biocomposites;


3) decreasing of food waste by prolonging the shelf life of the food products using the new active and biodegradable food pack system;

WP1: Screening and characterization of raw materials


WP leader: P1 (NOFIMA)


The research work will focus on establishing specifications aiming to achieve active food packaging (materials, technologies of processing of polymeric materials, processability requirements, characteristics), the study of patents in this field. Biopolymers, additives and plasticizers, volatile oils will be purchased. Preliminary research regarding processing of biopolymers and characterization of formulations and active compounds will be conducted.


WP 2: Processes development at laboratory scale and characterization


WP leader: CO (PPIMC)


Encapsulated structures and PHA (PLA)/chitosan systems will be obtained at laboratory scale. For improving the physical-mechanical characteristics of formulations, electrospinning will be applied to obtain nanofibres, nanoparticles and nanocoatings based on chitosan. All formulations (sheets, films) will be characterized in terms of physico-chemical, mechanical, biological, antimicrobial and antioxidant activities. The optimal recipes meeting the requirements stated in WP1 will be established.


WP 3: Development of active food packaging


WP leader: P2 (ICPAO)


The experimental model – food packaging and encapsulated forms will be developed. The performance of food trays and encapsulated structures will be investigated by performing antimicrobial and antioxidant activities, overall migration, biodegradation and ecotoxicity and testing on food packaging equipments. The best formulations of tray and capsule will be promoted at pilot scale.


WP 4: Quality and Safety Validation of active food packaging systems


WP leader: P4 (USAMVB)


Active food packaging materials will be produced at pilot scale, and further tested on food packaging equipments as well as on real food products (shelf-life studies, physical-chemical, microbiological and sensorial evaluation). In all cases, comparative studies of classic non-active system and active food packaging system will be performed.


WP 5 : Dissemination, Exploitation and IPR Management


WP leader : CO (PPIMC)


In order to ensure a widespread awareness of the results and benefits arising under this project, timely knowledge management and IPR protection activities are planned. Dissemination activities consist in participation in fairs and conferences, workshops, publications in journals with impact factor, press release, social media, patents etc.


WP 6: Management Consortium


WP leader : CO (PPIMC)


Will focus on establishing a suitable framework bringing together all project partners and maintaining a permanent communication with Program Operator in order to achieve a successful implementation of the project.



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