Reduced oxygen and hygienic packaging with innovative flowpack packaging
Generally, processed meat and cheese products are packaged in a process designed to reduce the level of oxygen in the packaging, also known as Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP). Neutral gases are used to replace oxygen and create a modified atmosphere for these products – this has a bactericidal effect and ensures that the products retain their colour. This modified atmosphere is not unhealthy as the gases injected into the packaging are all gases present in the air we breathe. The only difference is that they are added in a different formulation. The main benefit of reduced oxygen packaging is that it looks extremely attractive. The top film is stretched tautly over the tray, so there is more space for a printed design or labels and there is less visual distortion. A further advantage of ROP is that the slices of cheese and processed meat products can also be separated more easily than in the case of vacuum packaging.