Food safety

Katja Heinze, a chemist at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany, and her colleague Patrick Choquet of the Centre de Recherche Public in Belvaux, Luxembourg, have received the Interregional Research Award for the development of novel, intelligent foils for food packaging. The award was established to encourage international collaborations and is worth 35000 euros (about $43000). Their three-year SURFAMINE project developed smart food packaging that displays real-time information about the freshness of the contents based on a color change from green to red generated by the release of particular gases as the contents degrade.