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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- "It has been reported that TVB-N, which is the standard chemical indicator of seafood spoilage, is appropriate for advanced spoilage but is an insufficient sign of quality during the initial stages of seafood spoilage (Clancy et al. 1995; Tejada and Huidobro 2002). This is in agreement with the observation of Ismail et al. (2013) during the chill storage of meagre fillet under vacuum. The concentration of TVB-N in freshly caught fish is typically between 5 and 20 mg N/100 g, whereas levels of 30–35 mg N/100 g fish are generally regarded as the limit of acceptability in marine fishes (Connel 1995). "
ABSTRACT: The effect of vacuum packaging technique on the shelflife of eviscerated pabda catfish (Ompok pabda) during chill storage at 4 ± 2 °C was studied. The shelflife of pabda fish was predicted based on the cumulative observations of biochemical, microbiological and sensory parameters. There was no significant difference in the lipid quality parameters studied between the samples during the chill storage period, whereas, vacuum packaging significantly improved the sensory and microbiological quality. Based on microbiological parameters such as Total Viable Count, Enterobacteriaceae, Escherichia coli, Salmonella Spp, total Vibrios, Listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, faecal Streptococcus and anaerobic sulphite reducers, the shelflife of chilled gutted pabda catfish was estimated to be 14–16 and 18–20 days for air packed and vacuum packed samples, respectively. The sensory parameters showed extended shelflife by four more days for both the samples.Journal of Food Science and Technology -Mysore- 03/2013; 52(3). DOI:10.1007/s13197-013-1165-x · 2.20 Impact Factor
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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.
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ABSTRACT: Two fish groups differing in size (average weighing 830±220 and 1600±350g, respectively) were evaluated for their sensory, somatometric and chemical quality characteristics. No differences were found in the yields and fillet proximate composition of the two groups. Although taste panels indicated high acceptability for both groups, the large fish received significantly better hedonic rates for their overall acceptance. Differences were also observed in the fatty acid profiles of the two groups with the large fish having significantly higher 18:2n-6 and total n-6 contents. Their volatile compounds also differed, with small fish containing higher total amount, as well as more total aldehydes, furans and pyrazines. All these findings indicate size-dependent quality alterations, but also sufficient quality for small fish to be commercialised.Food Chemistry 12/2013; 141(3):3153-9. DOI:10.1016/j.foodchem.2013.05.154 · 3.39 Impact Factor