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Sekisui Plastics Co. Exhibits Durable Food Packaging Sheet at Seafood Show

July 22, 2008

Sekisui Plastic Co. Ltd. exhibited its newly released “Pecel” made from high-density polyethylene. The company takes pride in the safety of this cold resistant high-density polyethylene sheet; accidental breakage of the sheet generates no broken pieces. Its excellent properties of thermal insulation, oil resistance, chemical resistance, durability and shock absorption, make it highly suitable for packaging marine products. In addition the ‘Pecel’ is moisture proof and protects against gas, enabling better quality management for transportation and storage.

The food packaging industry’s recent focus on frozen food packaging has engendered concerns about “food safety” for widely used packaging sheets made out of polypropylene or cold resistant polystyrene; concerns center on the breakage and tearing of packaging sheets at freezing temperatures.

Cost Design, a seafood processing company in Hokkaido, has already begun using the new packaging sheets for its “Salmon vacuum-freeze pack.”

Daiei department store has carried this innovative product since this spring. Retailers have found the sheet highly useful for its preventative property of discoloration without antioxidants and ability to prolong shelf life of thawed merchandise, reducing food waste.

At the Seafood Show, the company additionally introduced a water absorbent sheet made from polystyrene. Absorbed water will be retained inside the expanded sheet, which makes an existing foamed sheet useless. The existing conventional sheets are used for packing sashimi, marinated fish, as well as cod ovum. This new water absorbent sheet resists heat forming.

Translated by Kiyo Hayasaka on July 24, 2008

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