Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
Agriculture, Forestry, Horticulture, Fishery, Domestic Science, Nutrition
Process Engineering, Biotechnology, Nutrition Technology
Frozen (–18°C) de-seeded kiwifruit pulp (Actinidia deliciosa) was irradiated at a dose of 100 krad and stored at -18°C. Irradiation resulted in a 2.11 log10 reduction in aerobic plate count (APC) with bacteria being most susceptible. Molds were less susceptible than yeasts. Assessments carried out over 6 months storage showed no significant differences in physical, chemical and sensory properties between irradiated and nonirradiated pulps. The microbial populations of the pulps decreased in parallel throughout the storage period. Frozen storage without irradiation resulted in a 3 log10 reduction in APC over the 6 months period, a 38% reduction in ascorbic acid, and a slight loss of color. Three days frozen storage (– 18°C) following irradiation resulted in an APC only 0.89 log10 higher than 6 months frozen storage (- 18°C) without irradiation with potential savings in energy and holding times which could have economic benefits.
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