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Antibacterial activity, optical, mechanical, and barrier properties of corn starch films containing orange essential oil

do Evangelho, Jarine Amaral, da Silva Dannenberg, Guilherme, Biduski, Barbara, el Halal, Shanise Lisie Mello, Kringel, Dianini Hüttner, Gularte, Marcia Arocha, Fiorentini, Angela Maria, da Rosa Zavareze, Elessandra
Carbohydrate polymers 2019 v.222 pp. 114981
Citrus sinensis, Listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, anti-infective agents, antibacterial properties, biopolymers, coatings, corn starch, encapsulation, essential oils, food safety, permeability, shelf life, tensile strength, water content, water solubility, water vapor
The incorporation of antimicrobial compounds into natural polymers can promote increased shelf life and ensure food safety. The aim of this study was to evaluate the antibacterial activity, morphological, optical, mechanical, and barrier properties of corn starch films containing orange (Citrus sinensis var. Valencia) essential oil (OEO). The corn starch films were prepared using the casting method. OEO and the corn starch films incorporated with OEO showed higher antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus and Listeria monocytogenes. The addition of OEO to the films increased the morphological heterogeneity and contributed to the reduction of the tensile strength and elongation of the films, and it increased the moisture content, water solubility, and water vapor permeability. The water vapor permeability and partial or total solubility of a film in water prior to consumption of a product are of interest when the film is used as food coating or for encapsulation of specific molecules.