Research: Interaction between plastic packaging and olive oil

30 September 2014

Olive oil is one of the most valued sources of fats in the Mediterranean diet. Its storage was generally done using glass or metallic packaging materials. Nowadays, plastic packaging has gained worldwide spread for the storage of olive oil. However, plastics are not inert and interaction phenomena may occur between packaging materials and olive oil.
Researchers at the Lebanese University studied extra virgin olive oil in contact with polypropylene (PP) and polylactide (PLA) packaging materials. They found that olive oil in contact with plastics had slower aging rates in comparison with reference oils. An article about the research is published in Analytica Chimica Acta.
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