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Animal Industry Report

Extension Number

ASL R1983

Topic

Animal Products

Summary and Implications

Lipid oxidation, color, volatiles, and sensory evaluation of double-packaged pork loin were determined to establish a modified packaging method that can improve the quality of irradiated pork loins. Vacuum-packaged irradiated samples produced dimethyl sulfide and dimethyl disulfide responsible for irradiation off-odor, whereas lipid oxidation was promoted under aerobic conditions. Exposing doublepackaged irradiated pork to aerobic conditions for 1 to 3 d was effective in controlling both lipid oxidation and irradiation off-odor, regardless of packaging sequence. Sensory panels could distinguish the decrease in irradiation off-odor intensities by modifying packaging method. However, carbon monoxide-heme pigments, responsible for the increased redness by irradiation, were not effectively controlled by double packaging alone.

Copyright Holder

Iowa State University

Language

en

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