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Machine-coated starch-based dispersion coatings prevent mineral oil migration from paperboard

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-181
JournalProgress in Organic Coatings
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


Mineral oil migration through paperboard presents a safety risk in modern food packaging. This study aimed to enhance the safety of fiber-based packaging by utilizing a bio-based composite barrier layer to protect against mineral oil. Starch-clay composite coatings on paperboard were created via dispersion coating. Thermal analysis of the coating components and field emission scanning electron microscopy imaging were performed to ascertain the physicochemical properties and morphology of the coatings. Coating functionality was evaluated using contact angles and transmission rate (water and oxygen) measurements. The packaging safety focus was implemented by measuring the gas phase migration of heptane and analyzing the migration of liquid mineral oil through the coated paperboards with FTIR. The functional properties of the coated paperboards were maintained or improved. The studied coatings were effective barriers against the migration of mineral oil and could hence improve the barrier properties and safety of fiber-based primary food packaging.


  • Mineral oil migration; Barrier; Dispersion coating; Paperboard; Food packaging

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