5 Frequently Asked Questions about Modified Atmosphere Packaging for Food

Posted on 12 February 2021

Is Modified Atmosphere Packaging safe?

Yes, no harmful chemicals are being used — just gasses like oxygen and nitrogen inside the packaging.

What are the main benefits of Modified Atmosphere Packaging?

That depends: benefits to whom? Because Modified Atmosphere Packaging has something good to offer to everyone involved, from producer to consumer. The latter can enjoy food that has been protected in a non-chemical way, which still tastes and smells great — even if it comes from far. Some of the benefits for producers include:

Benefits for producers:

  • Less food waste due to less spoilage caused by contamination and pests
  • A natural and sustainable way to protect their product
  • Possibility to expand to other markets thanks to longer shelf life
  • Opportunities to plan their shipping and storage better: save money

Benefits for the environment:

Find out more benefits of Modified Atmosphere Packaging for businesses here!

How long is the shelf life extended?

That depends on the product! We have been able to keep products perfectly fresh for long times. In this blog we tell you more about research we performed on several products. In those tests, we’ve been able to maintain the Modified Atmosphere intact for over 12 months. This opens up a lot of possibilities when it comes to extending shelf life.

How do you make sure the atmosphere stays intact and correct in a closed bag?

We talk a lot about quality control, which seems hard when it comes to closed environments such as Modified Atmosphere Packaging in FIBCs. But with Sensor Spot, it’s possible. Thanks to this technology, we can keep track of the gas levels in the Big Bags, without opening or puncturing them. In this blog we explain how it works.

What do I need to create Modified Atmosphere packaging?

To create safe and effective Modified Atmosphere Packaging, you need not only the right machines, but also the right bags and liners. We explain more in this blog — or take a look at Somsix.com.

Is Modified Atmosphere Packaging only suitable for food products?

No! The cannabis and pharma industry are also discovering the benefits of MAP for their products. 

Have more questions? Get in touch with our experts to get your questions answered and find out if Modified Atmosphere Packaging is the way to go for your product.

Want to work towards sustainable supply chain management?

At Masterpack, we are continuously working towards better ways to pack and protect products. We proudly present our newest solution: Modified Atmosphere for FIBC’s. Download our latest whitepapers:

Testing and improving your packaging (1,6MB)
Modified Atmosphere in FIBC's (6,4MB)
Pest prevention and control in bulk packaging (2,8MB)
The Modified Atmosphere Packaging Process Whitepaper

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