Brief: Coated chicken

Raw chicken often harbours the pathogen Campylobacter jejuni, which is a leading source of bacterial diarrhoea. Chicken contaminated during raw processing can contaminate other products in refrigerators, even at 2-4°C. Researchers at the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center have come up with a novel solution - they have developed an edible film containing 3 antibacterial agents - 2 proteins (zein and nisin) and EDTA (ethylenediamino tetra-acetic acid). Research on use of edible films to protect other foods against other pathogens is ongoing.