UK-based flexible packaging manufacturer Skymark, in partnership with B&G, has developed a new reusable cool bag that prevents the growth of bacteria.

Developed using Biomaster antimicrobial technology from Addmaster, the new insulated bag has been designed to stop 99.9% of bacterial growth.

The inbuilt anti-microbial technology uses silver ion based additives that are designed to help prevent cross contamination from several bacteria, including Campylobacter, reported to be the most common form of food poisoning in the UK.

As per the UK’s Food Standards Agency, Campylobacter has estimated to affect 280,000 people a year.

B&G commercial director Peter Ralten said: “Campylobacter can be present on the outer packaging of chicken products and can be transferred to bags when carrying the products home.

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“This cool bag will help to protect and eliminate dangerous bacteria such as campylobacter.

“This patent pending technology makes B&G cool bags the choice for safely transporting consumers’ chilled and frozen products.”

Furthermore, the newly developed bags also feature a special multilayer inner film that helps maintain temperature of the packed contents.

"Recent studies have found harmful bacteria can survive for up to eight weeks in the lining of a reusable shopping bag."

Skymark business development manager Phil Perrin said: “Recent studies have found harmful bacteria can survive for up to eight weeks in the lining of a reusable shopping bag.

“It follows that reusable cool bags could support bacteria in a similar way and consumers needed a safe affordable product that prevents potential cross contamination between shopping trips.

“Previously we’d been working with B&G on a new product development, utilising Skymark’s unique production line to manufacture a new inner layer in their cool bag, to enhance performance.”

In September this year, Skymark partnered with Kimberly-Clark to develop a new Huggies pack.

Image: New reusable anti-bacterial carrier bag developed by Skymark and B&G. Photo: courtesy of Skymark.