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Rapid Impedance Method for Predicting the Potential Shelf Life of Packaged Pasteurized Milk

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The potential shelf life of packaged pasteurized milk was studied using a rapid impedance method. The results showed a high correlation between the shelf life of Fengxing and Xiang Man-lou pasteurized milks and between the detection time and the logarithm of colony-forming units per milliliter. The impedance detection time was measured after preliminary incubation at 30°C for 6 h for 100 and 200 μL milk samples, or at 37°C for 6 h for 100–400 μL milk samples for Fengxing pasteurized milk, and after 6 h preliminary incubation at 30°C for 300 and 400 μL milk samples or6hat37°C for 100–400 μL milk samples for Xiang Man-lou pasteurized milk. Regressive equations were then constructed to predict the potential shelf life. Compared with the traditional method, the impedance method plus pre-incubation of milk at elevated temperatures (30 and 37°C) was rapid, accurate, and convenient. The entire estimation process was completed within 11–14 and 14–20 h for Fengxing and Xiang Man-lou pasteurized milks, respectively.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Food Inspection Laboratory of Guangzhou Entry-Exit Inspection & Quarantine Bureau, Guangzhou, China 510623

Publication date: 2003-09-01

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