Sierra Resins, Inc. has announced a venture to begin work on the development of a next-generation biodegradable plastic to be applied to products that are used in the food services and food processing industry. During the developmental process, Sierra Resins, Inc. will be working with Dr. Jason Bolton, a food safety specialist at the University of Maine.
Sierra Resins is a formulator of a bioplastics that breaks down molded parts that come into contact with landfill-to-energy environments. Bolton, a Ph.D. Food Safety specialist, will work with Sierra Resins in new product development and conduct safety tests on products molded from Sierra Resins Masterbatch Enviroable™ bioplastics portfolio.
“Bolton’s background in food safety requirements, food processing, and quality control will provide us a level of confidence that our bioplastic products are safe to use in relationship to products that come into contact with food when testing outcomes show compliance. The fisheries waste stream could very well provide some answers in making materials more biodegradable,” said John Tersigni, CEO of Sierra Resins, Inc.
“I look forward to working with Sierra Resin and to the possibility of creating safe, high quality, cost effective biodegradable food packaging,” said Dr. Jason Bolton.
Dr. Jason Bolton is an Assistant Extension Professor and Food Safety Specialist for the University of Maine, Orono. He provides consultation for the food industry in the areas of facility design, HACCP (Meat, Poultry and Seafood), plan design review, validation study review, sanitation plan design, regulation interpretation, and equipment sourcing. He earned a Ph.D. in Food & Nutrition Sciences at the University of Maine, and is a Statewide Food Safety Educator & Assistant Extension Professor of Food Safety, University of Maine Cooperative Extension from 2010-present.