Animal Industry Report

Extension Number

ASL R1858


Animal Products

Summary and Implications

Antioxidant had no effect on the production of sulfur compounds, color change, and off-odor intensity of irradiated turkey breast meat, but addition of sesamol+tocopherol or gallate+tocopherol was effective in reducing TBARS values and aldehydes, especially under aerobic conditions. Consumers preferred the color of irradiated raw and cooked meat to nonirradiated meat because the pink color of irradiated meat looked fresher than nonirradiated ones. Packaging method was more important than antioxidant treatment in reducing irradiation off-odor because S-compounds produced by irradiation easily volatilized under aerobic packaging conditions. Therefore, the combined use of aerobic packaging and antioxidants is recommended to improve consumer acceptance of irradiated poultry meat.

Copyright Holder

Iowa State University