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Flexible Food Packaging - Questions and Answers.

FLEXIBLE FOOD PACKAGING - Questions and Answers by Arthur Hirsh. 217 pages with index. Price: 39.50 [pounds]. (UK: Chapman and Hall)

Packaging has become one of those necessary 'evils' of modern life; nay, one should say essentials of modern life. The majority of packaging is used for and on foodstuffs, and the subject gets bigger by the day. However, there are many questions that one hears asked about packaging, and Dr Hirsch answers some of these.

To get over the various points his questions are set up as chapters. Thus, the thirtythree chapters are entitled: Who needs packaging?; Why controlled or modified atmosphere packaging?; Which is better - vacuum or gas packaging?; Why is an oxygen barrier required?; When is a moisture barrier desired?; What barrier materials are available?; Is foil necessary?; Why use rigid plastics?; What types of package failure are encountered?; What are the prime factors going into the selection of a flexible form-fill-seal package?; How is aseptic packaging accomplished?; Are the product and package compatible?; Do government regulations control package selection?; How does the bar-code affect package design?; What is meant by nutritional labeling?; Do flexible packages contribute to environmental contamination?; Which is the lowest cost package?; Does the package improve the product?; What is a flexible can? How can it be used?; How are computers impacting packaging?; What problems does one encounter with the packaging of frozen foods?; Which would be the most suitable package for seafood?; How should fruits and vegetables be packaged?; What materials are best suited for snack food packaging?; Which is the best bacon package?; Which is the preferred frank package?; Which is the best luncheon meat package?; How can we package fresh meat?; What is the preferred cheese package?; What choices are available for the packaging of coffee?; How can microwaveable foods be packaged?; What choices are available for tamper-resistant closures?; and What is the meaning of some of the old vocabulary common in the packaging language?.

As the author is the first to admit, not every question is seen here but an awful lot are. This text allows one to read up on some of the more contentious points raised by the non technologist.
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Date:Feb 1, 1992
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