Fighting mold growth with Modified Atmosphere Packaging

Posted on 6 August 2020

Consumers continue to seek healthier food options, such as fresh fruit and vegetables. Fresh products like these come with their own challenges for producers, one of them being mold. How can we keep the food fresh and of high quality until it reaches your plate-without the use of chemicals?

The risks of mold

Apart from some fine cheese, nobody wants to eat molded food. Apart from the visual effect of mold, molds can also pose health risks for consumers. Moldy foods can have invisible bacteria growing along with the mold. Some molds can cause allergic reactions or respiratory problems. Others can, in the right conditions, produce mycotoxins. These are poisonous substances that can make you sick.


Molded products are unsellable, but especially on fresh produce, mold find its way quickly, if it is given the chance. In order to grow, mold needs four things: moisture, food, suitable air quality and the right temperature.

Fighting mold with Modified Atmosphere

With Modified Atmosphere Packaging, we can pack products in an environment that inhibits mold growth. First of all, we can alter the atmosphere within the packaging in such a way that mold simply won’t have the oxygen to set in. Secondly, our FIBCs with Modified Atmosphere don’t give moisture a chance to enter or develop within the packaging.

A chemical-free solution for your products

With the ever-rising popularity for organic products, the demand for technologies like Modified Atmosphere Packaging will continue to grow. Are you interested in lengthening the shelf life of your products, without using any chemicals? Reach out to our experts to find out how MAP works for you.

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)

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