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Natural antimicrobial agents have been investigated as alternatives to synthetic ones for ensuring food safety and quality. However, the practical use of these preservatives in the food industry is limited due to their negative impact on the odor and taste of food products, as well as the early loss of functionality due to their rapid diffusion and interaction with food components. This review highlights the potential use of polymeric edible coatings for the incorporation of natural antimicrobial agents and the improvement of their controlled release in food systems. The most recent findings regarding the application of nano-encapsulating and multilayered/nano-laminate delivery systems in food products are also discussed. Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety, Volume 15, Issue 6, Pages 1080–1103, November 2016. CLICK HERE to read full journal article.