ICAR-NCRM and IIP Collaborate to Research on Meat Packaging

Sustainable packaging, responsible packaging, smart and intelligent packaging, technology-enabled solutions, emotional engagement, transparent and clear labelling are some of the trends in the packaging industry – Dr Tanveer Alam

Two national bodies ICAR-National Research Centre on Meat (NCRM) and Indian institute of Packaging (IIP) entered an MoU for facilitating collaborative research and training. The MoU was signed by Dr. Tanweer Alam, Director of IIP-Mumbai and Dr. Barbuddhe, Director of ICAR-NCRM Hyderabad.

Meat is a perishable item, which needs to be packed and stored accordingly. Realizing the importance of research and development in the areas of meat packaging, both organizations decided to sign a 5-year contract which can be extended with mutual consent. The organizations decided to participate jointly in undertaking students and research projects and the resources available.

The responsibilities of IIP and ICAR-NCRM in the MoU include 

  1. Facilitate each other’s infrastructure and provide facilities to scientists, faculty, research scholars and students.
  2. Undertake research and prepare joint research projects.
  3. Visits by faculty members and students for research and academic purposes.
  4. Permit PG students to work on thesis-based programs for 3 to 12 months under joint supervision.

Dr. Kandeepan, Senior Scientist at ICAR-NCRM told the press “We strive to enhance food safety and quality. We are working on many technologies to improve shelf life of meat. We developed a censor sticker used in meat packaging which senses biochemical or microbial changes in food. It can detect specific pathogens developing in the meat or specific gases from food spoiling and change the colour accordingly. This indicates whether the meat is consumable or not. This technology is yet to be commercialized.” He also shared that they have come up with biodegradable packaging for meat products and the research is still ongoing.

Dr. Tanweer Alam said “Consumer convenience is very much important in meat packaging. Meat industries across the world are focusing on the development of novel meat products and processes to meet consumer demands. Packaging needs to be evolved accordingly to meet the growing demand for the products.” “Sustainable packaging, responsible packaging, smart and intelligent packaging, technology-enabled solutions, emotional engagement, transparent and clear labelling are some of the trends in the packaging industry” he mentioned.

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