Title

Evaluation of Carbon Monoxide (CO) Treatment in Modified Atmosphere Packaging or Vacuum Packaging to Increase Color Stability of Fresh Beef

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Meat Science

Volume

59

Issue

3

Publication Date

2001

First Page

317

Last Page

324

DOI

10.1016/S0309-1740(01)00086-9

Abstract

Our goal was to obtain > 21 days red color stability for carbon monoxide (CO)-treated beef steaks in vacuum packaging (VP). In preliminary tests, pretreatment for 24 h in a 5% CO modified atmosphere package (MAP) was needed to maintain redness after re-packaging in VP. Pressure pretreatment with 5% CO for 2 h developed redness, but was impractical for large-scale application. Color stability and microbial load were then compared after treatment of steaks in 5% CO-MAP for 24 h, then VP; 100% CO-MAP for 1 h, then VP; steaks and ground beef in 0.5% CO-MAP; and steaks and ground beef in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) wrap. Steaks remained red for 5, 6, 8 and <1-week storage at 2°C, respectively. Steaks microbial load exceeded spoilage levels (>106cfu/cm2) at 5, 6, 7 and <2-weeks, respectively. Thus, extended color stability in VP was achieved by pretreatment with 5% CO for 24 h or 100% CO for 1 h.

Comments

Originally published by Elsevier. Abstract and full text available via remote link.