Effects of chilled storage on quality of vacuum packed meagre fillets
ABSTRACT The aim of this study was to experimentally assess several quality indices of meagre Argyrosomus regius (Asso, 1801) fillets packed in air (AP) and vacuum (VP) stored chilled (+4 °C) for up to 13 days. Considering our experimental data on concentration of bacterial counts, shelf-life is estimated at ca. 6 days for AP fillets and an additional 3–5 days for VP meagre fillets. Total volatile basic nitrogen (TVB-N) and trimethylamine (TMA-N) did not reach the regulated limits (25–35 mg/100 g chilled fish). The models implemented in the software Seafood Spoilage and Safety Predictor predicted a relatively shorter shelf-life of 4.8–6.9 days for fish stored in air at +4 °C when compared to AP and VP fillets. Empirical data and the models implemented in the software were used to predict the shelf-life of fillets if packaged under different modified atmospheres (MAP). Chilled, MAP fillets are likely to have a longer shelf-life than AP or VP samples if equilibrium CO2 concentration is substantially high.
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ABSTRACT: Fig. 4. Effect of QSM films on changes of color of RTF after 18 days of storage at 4 °C. Figure optionsDownload full-size imageDownload as PowerPoint slideFood Science and Human Wellness. 06/2014;
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ABSTRACT: Animal originated contamination is the main problem of public health and causes human suffering all over the world. Nowadays, radiation technology is used on foods and yielded with positive results. Gamma radiation causes damage in the structure of bacterial DNA and cell walls. This irritation can lead to decrease in bacterial growth such as spoilage and pathogenic organisms (i.e, Salmonella spp., Bacillus cereus, Listeria monocytogenes, Yersinia enterocolitica, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli O157:H7) by this means, increased quality and shelf-life can be obtained. However, for the maintaining organoleptic and nutritional quality, it is an obligation to achive the lowest levels of doses according to chemical, physical, microbiological properties of the product. Radiation energy can lead to radiolytic products from lipids, proteins and water which are the major components of seafoods. Another problem in seafood industry is quality losses at the retail and distribution. Time-temperature integrations are the major factors affecting the bacterial growth and enzymatic activity on the loss of seafood quality. The purpose of this review is to summarize the available information on the elimination of some food pathogens by irradition, which emphasize the effects of gamma irradiation on the quality and shelf-life of seafoods.Journal of Food Science and Engineering. 02/2013; 3:99-106.