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Development of antioxidant food packaging materials containing eugenol for extending display life of fresh beef

Navikaite-Snipaitiene, Vesta, Ivanauskas, Liudas, Jakstas, Valdas, Rüegg, Nadine, Rutkaite, Ramune, Wolfram, Evelyn, Yildirim, Selçuk
Meat science 2018 v.145 pp. 9-15
2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl, antioxidant activity, antioxidants, beef, cellulose acetate, chlorine, coatings, color, essential oils, eugenol, food-packaging materials, free radicals, lipid peroxidation, longissimus muscle, malondialdehyde, modified starch, packaging, polypropylenes, raw meat, steaks, vapors
In this study, clove essential oil (CL) or eugenol (EU) containing cellulose acetate (CA) or acrylic component/hydrophobically modified starch (AC/S) coatings on corona treated oriented polypropylene film (OPP) were designed and investigated for their possible applications as antioxidant packaging materials for fresh meat. The antioxidant properties of the coatings were investigated by Vapour Phase-DPPH (2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl) assay. The CA coatings containing CL or EU showed 43–92% and 43–94% inhibition against DPPH free radicals through the vapour phase, respectively, whereas AC/S/CL and AC/S/EU coatings resulted in DPPH inhibition of 21–65% and 25–84%, respectively. AC/S/EU and CA/EU coatings on OPP containing from 0.32 ± 0.03 to 6.40 ± 0.14 g/m2 of EU were used to prepare packaging for fresh beef (Longissimus thoracis). After 14 days, the lipid oxidation in beef steaks kept in control and antioxidant packages was 3.33 and 1.00–1.22 mg of malondialdehyde per kilogram of meat, respectively. Moreover, red colour of beef in antioxidant packages was retained.