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“Chilled” pork — Part II. Consumer perception of sensory quality
- Ngapo, T.M., Riendeau, L., Laberge, C., Fortin, J.
- Meat science 2012 v.92 no.4 pp. 338-345
- pork, juiciness, transportation, exports, cooling, sensory properties, meat quality, markets, taste, Quebec
- The objective of this study was to compare consumer perception of the sensory quality of grilled Canadian pork destined for Japanese and domestic markets, with particular reference to export selection criteria imposed by Japanese importers and transportation conditions. Consumers from Quebec, Canada tasted local and export quality pork subjected to “chilled” (aged 43days at −1.7°C) or conventional ageing (5days at 3.1°C). Consumers' scores (out of 10) were higher (P<0.05) in the “chilled” than conventionally aged pork for tenderness (6.8 vs 5.7), juiciness (6.6 vs 6.0), taste liking (6.4 vs 5.9) and overall acceptability (6.7 vs 6.1). When informed that the conventionally aged, domestic quality pork was destined for the domestic market, consumer scores increased significantly (P<0.05). No effect of information was observed on the perception of the ‘chilled’ export quality meat, perhaps a consequence of the high sensory quality observed prior to labelling.