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Development and Assessment of an Intelligent Shelf Life Decision System for Quality Optimization of the Food Chill Chain

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The principles of application of a Shelf Life Decision System (SLDS) for the optimization of the distribution of chilled fresh and minimally processed food products are developed. The SLDS integrates predictive kinetic models of food spoilage, data on initial quality from rapid techniques, and the capacity to continuously monitor temperature history of the food product with Time Temperature Integrators (TTIs) into an effective chill chain management tool that leads to an improved narrow distribution of quality at consumption time, effectively reducing the probability of products consumed past shelf life end. The applicability and effectiveness of the SLDS is demonstrated and evaluated based on actual food spoilage and TTI kinetics and chill chain data employing the Monte Carlo simulation method.

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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: National Technical University of Athens, Department of Chemical Engineering, Laboratory of Food Chemistry and Technology, 5 Iroon Polytechniou, 15780 Zografou, Greece 2: Agricultural University of Athens, Department of Food Science and Technology, Laboratory of Microbiology & Biotechnology of Foods, Iera Odos 75, Athens 11855, Greece

Publication date: July 1, 2001

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