Microbiological and yield characteristics were determined on bone-in pork loins and Boston butts (n = 65 each) that were selected from a commercial facility and subjected to one of three packaging treatments: (1) paper wrapped, (2) modified atmosphere packaging (66% O, 2.26% CO2 and 8% N2), and (3) vacuum packaging. Cuts were stored up to 21 days at 0 ± 2C for yield characteristics and an added 28 and 35 days for microbiological characteristics. Treatment and storage effects on the incidence of the pathogens Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella and numbers of aerobic bacteria, lactic acid bacteria and coliforms were determined. The amount of purge was variable (100 to 500 g) among packaging treatments. The vacuum packaged and modified atmosphere packed pork loins and butts had lower aerobic plate counts (P < .05) compared with the paper wrapped loins and butts. The numbers of Listeria species decreased at a greater rate for the vacuum packaged and modified atmospheric packaged pork loins compared with the paper wrapped loins. No Salmonella were found on meat from any packaging treatment or storage time. The microbial quality of pork loins and butts can be improved by using vacuum packaging compared with paper wrapping or modified atmosphere packaging.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of Food Quality|
|State||Published - Oct 1996|