Preservation of Stuffed Mussels at 4 degrees C in Modified Atmosphere Packaging

Ulusoy S., Ozden O.

JOURNAL OF AQUATIC FOOD PRODUCT TECHNOLOGY, vol.20, no.3, pp.319-330, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 20 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/10498850.2011.573180
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.319-330
  • Keywords: stuffed mussel, modified atmosphere packaging, sensory analysis, shelf life, SHELF-LIFE EXTENSION, MYTILUS-GALLOPROVINCIALIS, QUALITY, STORAGE, PERNA, STABILITY
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


The stuffed mussel is a traditional, ready-to-eat food in Turkey which is produced by cooking rice and various spices filled inside the mussel. This article examines the effect on sensory, chemical, and microbiological parameters of stuffed mussels of two gas mixtures-MAP1 50% N-2/50% CO2 and MAP2 100% CO2-used as modified atmospheres for cold storage at +4 degrees C. Air packaged samples were chosen as the control group. Based primarily on sensory characteristics, MAP1 gas mixture was the most effective for stuffed mussel. According to sensory results, it has been determined that the control samples kept until the 11th day, while the MAP1 and the MAP2 groups kept until the 13th day. Of the chemical indices determined, the TVB-N values of MAP1 and MAP2 remained lower than the proposed acceptability limits of 20 mg N/100 g, up to 13 days of storage. Microbiological analysis results did not find any differences between the groups. It was found that the shelf life of air and MAP1-MAP2 packaged samples were 7 and 11 days, respectively.