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US20130333331A1
US20130333331A1 US13/261,723 US201113261723A US2013333331A1 US 20130333331 A1 US20130333331 A1 US 20130333331A1 US 201113261723 A US201113261723 A US 201113261723A US 2013333331 A1 US2013333331 A1 US 2013333331A1
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This invention relates to the use of a non-hygroscopic adhesive in packing and an improved method of packing edibles using non-hygroscopic adhesive which is applied on the entire length of both the margins of the packaging material till the end, wherein the breadth of the adhesive is usually around 1 cm. The edibles are wrapped by closely apposing the margins without any open surface. For additional safety, a paper packing of the edible can be made first before final packaging.

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    FIELD OF THE INVENTION
  • The present invention relates to a method of packing edibles to prevent health concerns involved in the use of hygroscopic materials.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • It is observed that there are various problems with the current method of packing. Conventionally, edibles are packed using hygroscopic adhesive or glue. The disadvantage of using hygroscopic material is that it has a tendency to attract and hold water molecules from the surrounding environment (0002.1). In addition, air tight packs of hygroscopic material containing edible food are also not moisture proof and the water gets absorbed and enters inside as damp spot. Some of the problems faced are that as water gets absorbed, the packaged contents get spoilt and becomes unsafe for consumption (0002.2). Food spoilage can occur even when there are minor changes in relative humidity (0002.3). Moisture condenses on the surface of the packaging material and water gets absorbed which results in many common food defects (0002.4). The molding of grain, soggy cereals, and the lumping and caking of dry products like cake mixes and powders (0002.5) can result from excessive moisture. Other defects such as crystallization, mottling and stickiness also occur. Moisture condensing on the surface of a food can also provide an environment for bacteria (0002.6) and molds (0002.7) to grow and multiply. Physical defects such as cracking, splitting and crumbling of solid foodstuffs occur when excessive moisture is lost from foods (0002.8). Moreover, sometimes even the sealed margin of the packing partially opens on storage during rainy season (0002.9). The packaged food also becomes less crispy during the rainy season.
  • Therefore, it is desirable to provide and develop an alternate and improved method of packing edibles, which is capable of addressing and overcoming the abovementioned disadvantages (0003.1). Ideally, the packaging material should be durable enough and should also restrict the passage of water through it. Moreover, the packaging must also be resistant to leakage and corrosion. The proposed technique uses a non-hygroscopic (0003.2) material, which in addition to providing a suitable solution also improves the shelf life (0003.3) of the packaged product.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • Accordingly, it is an object of the present invention to provide an improved method of packing edibles, which improves shelf life of the product.
  • It is another object of the present invention to provide a method of packing edibles using non-hygroscopic material (e.g. epoxy and other synthetic adhesives) which is easily available (0005.1).
  • In accordance with one aspect, the present invention, which achieves the objectives, relates to a method of packing edibles using a non-hygroscopic adhesive, which is applied on the entire length of the pack. Such a method of packing ensures safety of the package contents and prevents health concerns (0006.1).
  • Yet another object of the invention is to address health issues (0007.1) concerning consumption of unsafe food (0007.2) due to use of hygroscopic adhesive in packaging material.
  • Other aspects and objects of the present invention will become apparent to those ordinarily skilled in the art (0008.1) upon review of the following description of specific embodiments of the invention in conjunction with the accompanying figures.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • Referring now to the drawings wherein the showings are for the purpose of illustrating (0009.1) a preferred embodiment of the invention only, and not for the purpose of limiting the same (0009.2).
  • FIG. 1 shows an example of a building wall having 10 inch thickness
  • FIG. 2 illustrates an example of a water exchange through a red blood cell
  • FIGS. 3 and 4 illustrates a pack of edible sealed with hygroscopic adhesive
  • FIG. 5 illustrates the effect of water/moisture on wall painted with water soluble paint
  • FIG. 6. illustrates the effect of moisture on a hygroscopic layer of adhesive
  • FIG. 7 illustrates an airtight paper pack
  • FIG. 8 illustrate a pack of edible with a non-hygroscopic adhesive in accordance with an exemplary embodiment of the present invention.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
  • The conventional method of packing (packaging) edibles involves the use of hygroscopic adhesive or glue (0017.1). It is known that hygroscopic substance has a tendency to absorb water or moisture and therefore, packaging materials sealed using hygroscopic adhesive or glue attracts and holds water. During transport, storage and handling, (0017.2) the packaging is more easily exposed to moisture (0017.3). Extreme variations in temperature (0017.4) also result in condensation. In maritime transport, the packaging is more prone to moisture, and this further enhances the absorption of water content through the packaging materials and causes corrosion of the packaging contents. FIG. 1. To FIG. 6 illustrates the penetrating power of water in various cases.
  • Referring to FIG. 1, a building wall having 10 inch thickness is illustrated. The figure illustrates how damp spots (104) develop on the wall made of bricks (101) and cement plaster (102) when the moisture content of the adjacent side is high. The moisture transfer (103) occurs across the wall.
  • The penetrating power of water is immense. It can penetrate both microscopic (e.g. a red blood cell having diameter of 2 micrometer) and macroscopic (a building wall as in previous example). FIG. 2 illustrates water exchange through a red blood cell having diameter of 2 micrometer.
  • Let us compare a red blood cell and a pack of edible sealed with hygroscopic adhesive. The thickness of the adhesive layer is generally above 2 micrometers. Therefore, hygroscopic adhesives used in packaging materials will absorb moisture from surrounding environment (0020.1). With high humidity during rainy season, the hygroscopic adhesives will absorb more moisture.
  • FIGS. 3 and 4 demonstrates how easily water can penetrate through a layer of hygroscopic adhesive. Once packed, the change in adhesive layer cannot be seen or judged by naked eye. (401) and (402) shows the layer of packaging material, whereas (403) shows a layer of adhesive.
  • FIG. 5 illustrate the effect of water or moisture on a wall (501) painted with water soluble paint (0022.1). Initially, a damp spot (502) appears on the wall, which leads to development of cracks (503) on the wall. As cracks develop, flakes (504) of paint fall to the ground.
  • FIG. 6 illustrate the effect of moisture on the hygroscopic layer of adhesive. (601) shows how the water or moisture is absorbed through the margin of a pack of edible over weeks/months (0023.1) and causes the packing layers to open. The open flaps of packing layers (601A) and (601B) are caused due to the hygroscopic nature of the adhesive layer (601C) and a damp area (602) is formed on the adhesive layer which further leads to development of cracks (603) on-adhesive layer (0023.2).
  • FIG. 7 illustrate a paper pack (701) containing trapped air. Such air tight packs containing edibles are also not moisture proof. This can be demonstrated by having a paper pack (701), as shown in FIG. 7, which are sealed on both ends, containing air inside. As shown in the figure, the water drop (702) gets absorbed and enters inside as damp spot (703). Any content inside will be affected by the moisture released from the damp spot, although the pack is air tight (0024.1)
  • From the above illustrations, it is clear that hygroscopic adhesive absorb moisture from the surrounding environment (0025.1). Water or moisture greatly affects the keeping qualities of food. Excessive moisture pickup can result in product spoilage and spoilage by microorganisms and chemical reactions (0025.2).
  • FIG. 8 illustrate a pack of edible with a non-hygroscopic adhesive (0026.1) in accordance with an exemplary embodiment (0026.2) of the present invention. The non-hygroscopic adhesive (801) and (802) is applied on the entire length of both the margins of the packaging material till the end, wherein the breadth (803) of the adhesive is usually around 1 cm. The edibles are wrapped by closely apposing the margins without any open surface (0026.3). For additional safety, a paper packing of the edible can be made first before final packaging as shown in the figure.
  • The use of non-hygroscopic adhesive therefore, improves the method of packaging and ensures safety of the contents inside. The non-hygroscopic adhesive does not absorb moisture (0027.1) and hence, is not affected by moisture content in the surrounding environment or by changes in humidity (0027.2).
  • The foregoing description is a specific embodiment of the present invention, it should be appreciated that this embodiment is described for purpose of illustration (0028.1) only and that numerous alterations and modifications may be practiced by those skilled in the art without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention (0028.2) It is intended that all such modifications and alterations be included insofar as they come within the scope of the invention as claimed or the equivalents thereof.
  • Considering the description cited in paragraph [0001]-[0028] and FIGS. 1-8, present invention relates to the use of non-hygroscopic adhesive which is easily available (0005.1), to pack powdered (0002.5), solid (0002.8) edibles those are subject to extreme variations in temperature (0017.4), humidity (0002.3 and 0027.2) and are exposed to biological agents like bacteria (0002.6) and mold (0002.7) of the surrounding environment (0002.1 and 0020.1) in the process of handling, transport and storage (0017.2) over weeks/months (0023.1).

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1. An improved method of packaging moisture vulnerable powdered (0002.5), and solid (0002.8) edibles of longer shelf life (0023.1), subjected to environmental temperature (0017.4), and humidity (0002.3 and 0027.2) variations over weeks to months (0023.1) during handling, transport and storage (0017.2); using the available non-hygroscopic adhesives (0005.1), to counter the explained drawbacks of conventionally used hygroscopic adhesives (0017.1 and 0025.1 and FIGS. 1-8) at present, for packaging powdered and solid edibles, exposed to similar environmental conditions; wherein with the possibility numerous alterations and modifications by those skilled in the art (0028), the non-hygroscopic adhesive is applied on the entire length of both the margins of the packaging material till the end, ensuring the breadth of the adhesive around 1 cm, the edibles are wrapped by closely apposing the margins without any open surface (0026.1-0026.3 and FIG. 8).
2. The method of claim 1, in which non-hydroscopic adhesive are used for packaging powdered and solid edibles, those are handled, transported and stored over weeks/months under normal environmental conditions.
3. The method of claim 1, which improves shelf life of the packaged edible, those are exposed to environmental temperature and humidity variations, owing to absence of moisture absorbing nature of non-hygroscopic adhesive.
4. The method of claim 1, which removes the risk of food spoilage due to microorganisms or chemical reactions that would occur, when hygroscopic adhesives are used.
5. The method of claim 1, which concerns health benefit to the consumer by ensuring safety of the packaged edible.
6. The method of claim 1, which is capable of addressing and overcoming the abovementioned disadvantages of hygroscopic adhesives.
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