Evaluation of wood-based activated carbon fibers paperboard as food moisture-proof material in different water activity food system

Han Chien Lin, Noboru Fujimoto

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This study used Wood-Based Activated Carbon Fibers Paperboard (WACFP) to investigate the water activity (Aw), color difference (ΔE∗) change, and percent weight with various Aw foods in the environment systems at the relative humidity of (RH) 90 and 40% and temperature of 25°C, which were expected to be references for food moisture-proof material. From the Aw result, WACFPs was 0.47-0.50, which was lower than the habitat for general microorganisms. WACFP with 40% wood-based activated carbon fibers CWACFs) had better stability for high, intermediate, and low Aw foods (HAwF, MAwF, and LAwF) in the RH 90 or 40% environment than the other specimens. In the RH 90% environment, the hygroscopic ability of WACFP was 4.49-6.18%; while that at RH 40% was 1.69-2.20%. According to the simulation results of WACFPs, as food moisture-proof material in HAwF, MAwF, and LAwF in the RH 90% environment, WACFPs had a good stability in MAwF. The Aw change was 0.02-0.03, the ΔE∗ change was 1.24-2.70, and the percent weight was -0.26-0.31%. In terms of RH 40%, better stability occurred in HAwF, where the difference of Aw was 0.02-0.03, the ΔE∗ change was 1.23-2.83, and the percent weight was -1.22 - -1.24%. The developed WACFP; therefore, can be an optional food moisture-proof material for different Aw food systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)451-458
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2017


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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