AiM  Vol.9 No.6 , June 2019
Effects of Lactoperoxidase System Activation-Oregano Essential Oilor Chlorine on the Quality of Modified Atmosphere Packaged Fresh-Cut Iceberg Lettuce
Abstract: The present work focused on the effects of the Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) 1 (5% O2 and 10% CO2) or 2 (2% O2 and 5% CO2) and the previous addition of Lactoperoxidase System (LPS) and Oregano essential oil or chlorine washing on the quality of fresh-cut lettuce during refrigerated storage at +4˚C. Our results showed the significant effect of this combined treatment on quality improvement during storage. Thus, mesophilic bacteria was reduced in treated samples compared to those untreated with number which not exceeded the critical of 5 × 107 UFC∙g-1 (p < 0.05). In addition, the elevated O2 and CO2 levels created by both atmosphere were not significantly different between the two treatments (p > 0.05). Brightness of lettuce samples was significantly reduced during storage. Thereafter, the PCA data showed the effect of combined treatment on the preservation of hygienic, physico-chemical and sensory quality up to the 7th day of refrigerated storage of these treated samples. The results obtained draw attention to modified atmosphere packaging lettuce and the addition of bio-preservatives which could be an alternative of choice to replace chlorine to preserve the sanitary quality of green products.
Cite this paper: Telmoudi, A. , Mahmoudi, I. and Hassouna, M. (2019) Effects of Lactoperoxidase System Activation-Oregano Essential Oilor Chlorine on the Quality of Modified Atmosphere Packaged Fresh-Cut Iceberg Lettuce. Advances in Microbiology, 9, 525-540. doi: 10.4236/aim.2019.96032.

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