Changes in the microflora of packaged (Resinite VF‐71 film) and nonpackaged broccoli florets held at 8C for 7 days were analyzed. Oxygen and carbon dioxide concentrations, aerobic plate, coliform yeast/mold counts, and overall quality were determined. Level of O2 decreased from 15.58 to 5.15%, while CO2 increased from 2.88 to 8.22% after 94 h of storage. Within each microorganism group, similar growth trends were observed between the packaged and nonpackaged samples; however, the packaged samples consistently exhibited a statistically significant (p ≤ 0.05) lower microbial count compared with nonpackaged samples throughout the storage period. Packaged and nonpackaged florets retained their green color and no off‐odor was detected; however, the nonpackaged florets were found to be less crispy than the packaged samples.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Journal of Food Quality|
|State||Published - Oct 1994|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Food Science
- Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality