Prediction for shelf life and safety of minimally processed cap/MAP chilled foods: A review

Theodore P. Labuza, Bin Fu, Petros S. Taoukis

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Abstract

The reliance of minimally processed chilled foods on low temperature for distribution with optimized controlled/modified atmospheric packaging to maintain safety and quality poses new challenges to food microbiologists. Effects of controlled/modified atmospheric packaging conditions on microbial growth are briefly discussed. Microbial growth models are systematically examined with emphasis on the temperature dependence models - the Arrhenius model and the square root model. Their applicability for making predictions of both shelf life and safety under nonisothermal conditions is assessed. The use of time-temperature integrators for shelf-life prediction and safety assurance is also addressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)741-750
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of food protection
Volume55
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1992

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