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Effect of cooling and packaging methods on the quality deterioration of redfish fillets

Author(s):

Hélène L. Lauzon, Aðalheiður Ólafsdóttir, Magnea G. Karlsdóttir, Eyjólfur Reynisson, Björn Margeirsson, Sigurjón Arason, Emilía Martinsdóttir

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EU IP Chill‐on (contract FP6‐016333‐2)

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Aðalheiður Ólafsdóttir

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Effect of cooling and packaging methods on the quality deterioration of redfish fillets

Markmið tilraunarinnar var að meta áhrif krapaískælingar eftir flökun og/eða pökkun í lofttæmdar umbúðir á gæðarýrnun ferskra karfaflaka. Flökin voru geymd við ‐1 °C í 6 daga til að herma eftir vel útfærðum sjóflutningi í frauðplastkössum og svo við 2 °C líkt og gerist eftir afhendingu erlendis og geymslu í smásölu. Fylgst var með vöru‐  og umhverfishitastigi frá pökkun og framkvæmt skynmat, örveru‐ og efnamælingar. Fiskurinn var veiddur að vorlagi og unninn 6 dögum eftir veiði. Niðurstöður sýna að gæði hráefnisins voru ekki sem best við pökkun þar sem þránunarferli (PV og TBARS) var komið vel af stað. Þetta skýrir væntanlega hvers vegna engin af þessum kæliaðferðum leiddi til geymsluþolsaukningar. Einnig kom í ljós að enginn ávinningur fékkst við að kæla flökin óvarin í krapaís þar sem örveruvöxtur og myndun TVB‐N og TMA í flökunum gerðist hraðar við frekari geymslu. Hins vegar virðist vera ákjósanlegra að kæla lofttæmd pökkuð flök í krapaís því þessi aðferð leiddi til hægari vaxtar skemmdarörvera, lægra magns TMA og hægara þránunarferlis. Photobacterium phosphoreum er mikilvæg í skemmdarferli ferskra karfaflaka, óháð pökkunaraðferð.

The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of slurry ice cooling in process (post‐filleting) and packaging method (+/‐ oxygen) on the quality deterioration of skinned redfish fillets during storage in expanded polystyrene boxes simulating well‐performed sea freight transportation (6 days at ‐1 °C) followed by storage at the retailer (2 °C). Also, to assess the use of vacuum‐packaging to protect the fillets from direct contact with the cooling medium (slurry ice) and to achieve superchilling following extended treatment. Temperature monitoring as well as sensory, chemical and microbial analyses were performed. The fish was caught in the spring and processed 6 days post catch. The results show that quality of the fillets was not optimal at packaging, due to the detection of primary and secondary oxidation products. This may have been the reason why shelf life extension was not achieved by any of the methods evaluated. Further, there was no advantage of cooling the fillets unpacked since this method stimulated microbial growth and formation of basic amines. On the other hand, slurry ice cooling of vacuum‐packaged fillets led to a slower microbial development, the lowest TMA level and delayed autoxidation. Finally, the importance of Photobacterium phosphoreum in the spoilage process of redfish fillets, independently of the packaging method, was demonstrated.

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