Utilisation of modified atmosphere packaging to extend the shelf life of Khalas fresh dates

Salah Al Eid, Andrew Barber, Michael Rettke, Annunziata Leo, Waleed Alsenaien, Abdulkader Sallam

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    Abstract

    Completely matured tamr stage dates are widely available and consumed throughout the year. However, for some date varieties, the earlier khalal stage crunchy fruit is considered a premium product. This work examines the use of modified atmosphere packaging to extend the shelf life of khalal dates under refrigerated conditions. Modified atmosphere packaging with 10% or 20% CO 2 in air was successful in reducing the rate of the ripening processes while control-packaged dates showed signs of ripening development such as significant weight loss and darkening in date colour (identified visually and as low lactic acid bacteria measurements at 18 and 27days after packaging), similar to that observed in tamr stage fruit.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1518-1525
    Number of pages8
    JournalInternational Journal of Food Science and Technology
    Volume47
    Issue number7
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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