Application of a LED-UV based light technology for decontamination of chicken breast fillets: Impact on microbiota and quality attributes
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CitationArturo B. Soro, Paul Whyte, Declan J. Bolton, Brijesh K. Tiwari, Application of a LED-UV based light technology for decontamination of chicken breast fillets: Impact on microbiota and quality attributes, LWT, Volume 145, 2021, 111297, ISSN 0023-6438, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lwt.2021.111297.
AbstractLight-emitting diode (LED) technologies are economical and efficient devices that could be considered in poultry processing as disinfection strategies. This study evaluated the efficacy of a LED-based device to reduce the microbial load on chicken meat and investigated it's impact on selected quality parameters. Quality parameters including pH, texture and color after LED-UV exposure and during subsequent storage for 7 days at 4 ̊C were investigated. Diced chicken breast fillets were exposed to UV light wavelengths of 255, 280, 300 and 365 nm for 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 min. A microbiological analysis was conducted on chicken samples to enumerate bacterial counts. Reductions between 1.17 and 1.67 log CFU/g for total viable counts of mesophilic, psychrophilic bacteria and total Enterobacteriaceae counts were observed, whereas, up to 2 log CFU/g was obtained for Pseudomonas and lactic acid bacteria groups after treatment with wavelengths of 280, 300 and 365 nm. Furthermore, color, texture and pH were not affected by exposure to UV light at 280 nm even following 7 days storage. Thus, LED-based technologies could be applied on poultry meat to reduce the levels of spoilage bacteria while maintaining quality attributes.
FunderTeagasc Walsh Fellowship program; Department of Agriculture, Food, and Marine
Grant NumberFood Institutional Research Measure (FIRM) program [Grant number: DAFM/17/F/275]
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