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Basil food packaging for organic produce
Does the basil application look promising for organic produce?
J. Agric. Food Chem., 51 (11), 3197 -3207, 2003.
Antimicrobial Properties of Basil and Its Possible Application in Food Packaging
Panuwat Suppakul, Joseph Miltz,* Kees Sonneveld, and Stephen W. Bigger
Basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) is a popular culinary herb, and its essential oils
have been used extensively for many years in food products, perfumery, and
dental and oral products. Basil essential oils and their principal constituents
were found to exhibit antimicrobial activity against a wide range of Gram-
negative and Gram-positive bacteria, yeast, and mold. The present paper reviews
primarily the topic of basil essential oils with regards to their chemical
composition, their effect on microorganisms, the test methods for antimicrobial
activity determination, and their possible future use in food preservation or
as the active (antimicrobial), slow release, component of an active package.