Storage of mixed cut fresh fruits in modified atmosphere packaging
The objectives of this study was to determine the atmosphere composition and temperature along with packaging film used for mixed cut fresh fruits (papaya, pineapple, and grapefruit) stored in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP). The effect of temperature to respiration rate was investigated. Five different atmospheric compositions were treated to mixed cut fresh fruits (papaya, pineapple, and grapefruit) stored in various temperatures, which were 5oC, 10oC, and at 25oC. The results indicated that storing mixed cut fresh fruits (papaya, pineapple, and grapefruit) under MAP using stretch film at 5oC prolonged the shelf life of the product until 6 days. The product were clearly visible inside the MAP with no water condensation under the packaging film surface, and had the biggest L* value (lightness) with better hardness for grapefruit. For further study, it was suggested that observation should be made for active MAP in comparison to passive MAP.
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