Stability and safety assessment of phosphorescent oxygen sensors for use in food packaging applications

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Kelly, Caroline Ann
Cruz-Romero, Malco
Kerry, Joseph P.
Papkovsky, Dmitri B.
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Five types of new solid-state oxygen sensors, four based on microporous polypropylene fabric materials and one on polyphenylene sulphide films impregnated with phosphorescent platinum(II)-benzoporphyrin dye, were tested for their stability and safety in food packaging applications. All these sensors exhibit useful optical signals (phosphorescence lifetime readout) and working characteristics and are simpler and cheaper to produce and integrate into standard packaging materials than existing commercial sensors. When exposed to a panel of standard food simulants and upon direct contact with raw beef and chicken meat and cheddar cheese samples packaged under modified atmosphere, the sensors based on ungrafted polypropylene fabric, impregnated with PtBP dye by the swelling method, outperformed the other sensors. The sensors are also stable upon storage under normal atmospheric conditions for at least 12 months, without any significant changes in calibration.
Optical oxygen sensors , Phosphorescent materials , Modified atmosphere packaging , MAP , Residual oxygen , Headspace oxygen , Non-destructive control , Stability testing
Kelly, C., Cruz-Romero, M., Kerry, J. and Papkovsky, D., 2018. Stability and safety assessment of phosphorescent oxygen sensors for use in food packaging applications. Chemosensors, 6(3), 38, (11 pp.). DOI:10.3390/chemosensors6030038
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