TechConnect Innovation Program

Biocontrol Packaging

Sentinel Bioactive Paper Network, BC, Canada

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

Biocontrol packaging using bacteriophages control the growth of pathogens in food, such as ready-to-eat meat, cantaloupe and sprouts. The phages can be printed on an inkjet printer. This packaging option is effective at low temperatures, where some pathogens such as Listeria can still grow despite refrigeration.

Primary Application Area: Foods & Agriculture

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 5

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: Controls growth of listeria and E. coli in RTE meats, cheese,vegetables and fruit. Can be used with aerobic, modified atmosphere and vacuum packaging. Increases shelf-life by at least a factor of 2. Reduces contamination resulting in serious health outbreaks, recall of food products and damage to food producers reputation.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

Global Innovation Awardee

Showcase Booth #: 30M

Website: www.sentinelbioactivepaper.ca

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date: The Sentinel Bioactive Paper Network brings industry and government partners together with 28 academic
researchers and 50+ graduate students and post-doctoral fellows from 11 universities. Since 2005, Sentinel has received $20 million in cash from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council in Canada and industry partners.

Primary Sources of Funding: Federal Grant, University

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners