Vol.15, No. 1,January2016
Effects of modified atmosphere packaging on microbiological load and physico-chemical properties of barramundi (Lates calcarifer Bloch) fillets at 8°C
Description:1- Current address: Faculty of Science, Department of Agricultural and Food Science, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, 31900 Kampar, Perak, Malaysia. 2- Faculty of Food Science and Technology, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor D.E., Malaysia. 3- Faculty of Fisheries, Department of Seafood Processing Technology, Cukurova University, 01330 Balcali, Adana, Turkey. * Corresponding author's Email: aliyas@utar.edu.my
Different modified atmosphere conditions with various CO2 concentrations on microbial load (psychrophile, mesophile aerobic and anaerobic bacteria) and physico-chemical properties of barramundi (Lates calcariferBloch) fillets stored at 8°C were compared to determine the best packaging conditions. The gas conditions evaluated were 100% CO2 (M1), 75% CO2/25% N2 (M2), 50% CO2/50% N2 (M3), 25% CO2/75% N2 (M4) and 100% N2 (control). High CO2 concentration (M1 and M2) of fish fillets delayed the psychrophilic bacteria growth compared to low CO2 concentration (50% and 25% CO2) as well as the mesophilic, anaerobic and histamine forming bacteria. We concluded that the atmosphere with 75:25% and 100:0 (CO2:N2) had the most appropriate gas composition to inhibit the microbial growth and prolong the shelf life of barramundi fillets (p<0.05).
Keywords:Barramundi, CO2 concentration, Psychrophile bacteria, Histamine forming bacteria, MAP,Lates calcarifer.
Author:Yassoralipour A. ,2*; Bakar J.2; Rahman R.A.2; Fatimah A. Bakar2;Özogul F.3
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