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A new advanced packaging system for extending the shelf life of refrigerated farmed fish fillets

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Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
  • Volumen: 100
  • Número: 12
  • Fecha: 01 September 2020
  • Páginas: 4601-4611
  • ISSN: 10970010 00225142
  • Source Type: Journal
  • DOI: 10.1002/jsfa.10520
  • Document Type: Article
  • Publisher: John Wiley and Sons LtdSouthern GateChichester, West SussexPO19 8SQvgorayska@wiley.com
© 2020 Society of Chemical IndustryBACKGROUND: An innovative pilot-plant packaging was developed and evaluated for applying oregano essential oil (OEO) vapours in conditions of high vacuum for exploring the antimicrobial effect of essential oil vapours applied immediately before packaging of fish fillets. Farmed sea bream (Sparus aurata) fresh fillets have been used as a model for validating this new technology. These fillets, as a refrigerated product under modified atmosphere packaging (MAP), have a relatively short shelf life (12¿14 days) mainly due to the fast microbial growth. The effects of conventional OEO dippings [pretreatment dipping (0.1% of OEO) of whole fish (T1) and filleted sea bream (T2)] were compared with the OEO application in vapour phase (67 ¿L L-1) under vacuum (5¿10 hPa) immediately before MAP fillet packaging (T3). RESULTS: T3/T2 samples showed the lowest microbial growth after 28 days at 4 °C, with loads up to 1/2.6 log units for Enterobacteria/lactic acid bacteria compared to untreated samples. The initial trimethylamine nitrogen (TMA-N) content (2.6 mg kg¿1) increased in T1 and T2/T3 samples by 9.6 and 6/7 units, respectively, after 28 days. Quality Index Method (QIM) better reflected the fish fillets shelf life than texture and colour measurements. The shelf life of T3/T2 samples was established in at least 28 days (4 °C), while the QIM threshold (6) was exceeded after 7/21 days in untreated/T1 fillets. CONCLUSION: The fish shelf life was extended with vapour OEO treatment using this new technology, similarly to OEO dipping treatment, according to QIM, corroborated by the microbial quality and TMA-N contents. © 2020 Society of Chemical Industry.

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