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Contaminant-Repelling Food Containers

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Laboratory: Agricultural Research Service, Northeast Area

Technology: Methods of producing food containers with an antimicrobial coating

Opportunity: Available for licensing

Details:Containers for fruits and vegetables with an antimicrobial coating containing titanium dioxide (TiO2) that kills microbes upon contact. Contamination of fresh fruits and vegetables often occurs when they are harvested, stored and distributed in containers that are repeatedly used. Microbes from decayed or damaged fruits and vegetables can be transferred to healthy fruits and vegetables via the containers. The bacteria-free containers are designed to address this issue.


  • Provides a bacteria-free surface
  • Reduced biofilm formed on the surface
  • Lasts a long time
  • Washable
  • Minimum light source required to active the film

Potential Applications:

  • Food storage containers
  • Containers for food transportation
  • Prevent cross-contamination of pathogens from containers
  • Reduce risk of illness from food-borne pathogens

Contact: Jim Poulos,Technology Transfer Coordinator

See this and other ARS food processing technologies for more information.