Efficacy of biopolymer/starch based antimicrobial packaging for chicken breast fillets

Noor L. Yusof, Noor Azira Abdul Mutalib, U. K. Nazatul, A. H. Nadrah, Nurain Aziman, Hassan Fouad, Mohammad Jawaid, Asgar Ali, Lau Kia Kian, Mohini Sain

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Food contamination leading to the spoilage and growth of undesirable bacteria, which can occur at any stage along the food chain, is a significant problem in the food industry. In the present work, biopolymer polybutylene succinate (PBS) and polybutylene succinate/tapioca starch (PBS/TPS) films incorporating Biomaster-silver (BM) and SANAFOR® (SAN) were prepared and tested as food packaging to improve the lifespan of fresh chicken breast fillets when kept in a chiller for seven days. The incorporation of BM and SAN into both films demonstrated antimicrobial activity and could prolong the storability of chicken breast fillets until day 7. However, PBS + SAN 2%, PBS/TPS + SAN 1%, and PBS/TPS + SAN 2% films showed the lowest microbial log growth. In quality assessment, incorporation of BM and SAN into both film types enhanced the quality of the chicken breast fillets. However, PBS + SAN 1% film showed the most notable enhancement of chicken breast fillet quality, as it minimized color variation, slowed pH increment, decreased weight loss, and decelerated the hardening process of the chicken breast fillets. Therefore, we suggest that the PBS + SAN and PBS/TPS + SAN films produced in this work have potential use as antimicrobial packaging in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2379
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Antimicrobial
  • Biomaster-silver
  • Food packaging
  • Polybutylene succinate
  • Tapioca starch

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Microbiology
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Plant Science


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