An Indian-origin scientist, working with the Department of Packaging with the Michigan State University, has been awarded the prestigious International Association of Food Protection (IAFP) Young scientist scholarship award in the United States. The young researcher has been awarded for his research work on "development of novel oxygen absorbing package in the field of active packaging for oxygen sensitive food products".
Kirtiraj developed novel oxygen scavenging package from the natural source. The feature of this package is it can extend the shelf life of food also it is suitable for microwave, liquid food packaging like juices, and metal detector friendly at processing line.
This award worth $2000 and award plaque was recently presented in the annual meeting of International Association of Food Protection (IAFP) held in St Louise, by The IAFP Foundation, USA. The purpose of this award is to encourage young outstanding food safety scientist from across the globe.
Kirtiraj received his MS (Packaging) from Michigan State University, USA in 2013, MTech (Food safety & standards) from Allahabad Agriculture University, India in 2011 and BTech (Food Science) from Dr PD Agriculture University, India in 2009. He has authored and co-authored 15 research papers in reputed international journals.