Thawed Cod Fillets Spoil Less Rapidly Than Unfrozen Fillets When Stored under Modified Atmosphere at 2°C

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The effect of two months of frozen storage at -20°C on the spoilage characteristics and shelf life of thawed and modified atmosphere packed (MAP) cod fillets stored at 2°C was studied. Thawed MAP cod fillets were compared with fresh cod fillets stored in CO2-containing modified atmospheres with and without added oxygen. The shelf life of 11to 12 days in the fresh MAP cod was extended to more than 20 days in the thawed MAP cod at 2°C. This shelf life extension was most likely due to the inactivation of the spoilage bacterium Photobacterium phosphoreum during frozen storage as reflected both in chemical analyses and sensory evaluation. In contrast to fresh MAP cod fillets no significant production of trimethylamine occurred and almost no amine odor and taste were detected during 20 days of chill storage of thawed MAP cod fillets. The use of frozen fillets as raw material not only provides a more stable product in MAP but also allows much greater flexibility for production and distribution. However, a slightly increased concentration of dimethylamine, a larger drip loss, and detection of weak frozen storage flavor were observed in the thawed MAP cod fillets.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Danish Institute for Fisheries Research, Department of Seafood Research, Technical University of Denmark, Building 221, DK-2800 Lyngby, Denmark

Publication date: September 1, 1998

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