Properties of a Package

Food Preservation Storage

Lesson 14: Packaging, labeling and Costing of Food Products

Properties of a Package

The distribution chain of packaged foods is often very long and the conditions through which they must travel are indeed difficult. The pertinent properties of a package and the environmental factors to be guarded against are given in the Table .

Package properties and associated environmental factors:

Package properties Environmental factors
Strength Mechanical shock
Permeability Pressure of O2, water vapour etc.
Light transmission Light intensity
Thermal conductivity, reflectivity Temperature
Porosity, penetrability Biological agents

The protection offered by a package is determined by the nature of packaging material and by the type of package construction. The requirements and functions of containers are shown in

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