The overall objectives of Cluster Packaging are:
Development and characterization of packaging materials suitable for shock
In addition, shock wave resistant packaging material has to be developed to allow treatment of packaged meat. At present mechanical damages such as pinching are a major concern, but also shock wave induced alterations of the packaging material properties have not been evaluated yet. Based on preliminary tests shock wave PVC tubes have shown to be suitable, but PVC usage as food packaging material is under discussion. The selection and adaptation of suitable packaging material is a key prerequisite for a successful implementation of the technique into industrial practice.
A report will describe the characteristics of shock wave resistant packaging material and the influences between this packaging material and food matrix in order to provide material that is suitable for the application of the new technology.