Properties of nisin-incorporated polymer coatings as antimicrobial packaging materials

Young Min Kim, Duck Soon An, Hyun Jin Park, Jong Moon Park, Dong Sun Lee

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Nisin was incorporated into binder solutions of acrylic polymer and vinyl acetate-ethylene co-polymer, and then coated on to paper. Diffusive migration of incorporated nisin and the antimicrobial activity of the polymer coatings were investigated in order to understand the way of controlling nisin migration and the extent of microbial suppression by the coated paper. Vinyl acetate-ethylene co-polymer exhibited a faster rate and higher degree of migration into aqueous food simulant solutions compared to acrylic polymer, and also exhibited a higher degree of suppression against Micrococcus flavus ATCC10240 inoculated into the microbial medium. Addition of NaCl, sugar and citric acid to water significantly reduced the rate of diffusion of nisin in the case of acrylic polymer, while only slight change was observed due to the additive for vinyl acetate-ethylene co-polymer. The simulant type slightly affected the equilibrated migration level of nisin. When the nisin-incorporated coatings were in contact with pasteurized milk and orange juice at 10°C, significant suppression of total aerobic bacteria and yeasts was observed without any noticeable difference between the two types of coatings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-254
Number of pages8
JournalPackaging Technology and Science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Sept


  • Acrylic
  • Migration
  • Milk
  • Orange juice
  • Vinyl acetate-ethylene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering


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