Ludhiana: Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India has sanctioned a project worth Rs.78 lakhs to GADVASU for the development of nano-composite bio active biodegradable films for the preservation of milk, meat and fish products.
This project is sanctioned for 3 years and in this project, the films with the attributes of bio-compatibility, seal-ability, free from any odour, barrier properties against oxygen and physical stress and with strong tensile strength will be developed.
Dr. M K Chatli, Head of Livestock Products Technology Department said that packaging is the most important component for dispensing, safety and marketing of the food products. The routine use of plastic films lead to heaps of garbage, which gives a lot of stress on the environment and produces toxic fumes on burning.
The scientists of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University has developed biodegradable/edible films from by products of the plant and animal industry such as chitosan, whey protein concentrates, soy proteins, various types of starches and composite materials etc. These biodegradable films were developed from edible material so have edibility and also act as a carrier of preservatives and nutritive substances.
Dr S.N.S. Randhawa, former Director Research, GADVASU has emphasized that the applied research is need of the hour and this type of work will not only help to save the food wastage due to perish ability but also help in the environment safety.
Dr A. S .Nanda Vice Chancellor congratulated the scientists and applauded their efforts for the innovative research.
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