PISA’s Journey through Wine

“Journey through Wine” Seminar and Conference events

PISA’s kick-off event of the 2017 calendar – a Technical Seminar was held on Thursday 16 February 2017, at Plastics|SA, Midrand.

Apart from interesting and topical talks, the event concluded with a delectable wine tasting conducted by Cape Wine Master, Margaret Fry.

Similar events, including the wine tastings, will be held bi-monthly throughout the year, culminating in the Annual International PISA Conference, 8 – 9 November, at Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch.  These events are designed to promote networking across the disciplines constituting PISA membership and you are encouraged to attend and support the hardworking team of organisers

Talks: 16 February 2017

Is your component FDA approved? Dr Andy Roediger

The talk focused on the contact of plastic with food articles in all contexts, be it packaging, cutlery or other products.  The difference of FDA and EU certification was explained.  The importance of testing single components of a formulation was also discussed.

Dr Andy Roediger has a Ph.D. in Polymer/Organic Chemistry from the University of Stellenbosch; is an Expert witness on Plastics, Paints and Rubbers in court; owns a plastics analytical laboratory; is an NRF advisor on Polymer Thrust for Unisa; is an Examiner at the University of Stellenbosch and is an expert on  oxo-biodegradeable compounds.

The Nestle perspective on food packaging: Mr Phil Sereme

Mr Phil Sereme, Corporate Packaging Manager for Nestle Southern Africa Region, is responsible for coordinating packaging development activities for new products in the region. He also oversees a team of packaging technologists responsible for development of packaging materials.This entails selecting cost effective alternatives in the new product development process as well as driving Renovation and Innovation of packaging within the group.

Development of an environmentally-friendly packaging material with essential oils to control the postharvest diseases in mango: Prof Rotimi Sadiku, Tshwane University of Technology

Mango (Mangifera indica L.) is the most important tropical fruit due to its delicacy flavour, nutritional value and health benefits, in addition to its high market demand. It is a rich source of vitamin A and C and it also has medicinal uses, resulting from its fattening, diuretic and laxative properties, while helping to improve digestive capacity. However, mango fruit is highly susceptible to many postharvest diseases, mainly anthracnose, caused by Colletotrichum gloeosporioides and stem-end rot, caused by Lasiodiplodia theobromae during storage at ambient temperature. Due to this damage, it leads to economic losses and quality deterioration. In order to overcome this problem, this study focused on the development of commercial biodegradable packaging materials with essential oils for mango so as to control postharvest diseases: anthracnose and stem-end rot and to increase the shelf-life of fruits.

Prof Sadiku supervises Post Graduate Students at TUT Engineering and Built Environment Polymers Department.

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