Fish fillets irradiated under air, nitrogen, oxygen, or carbon dioxide atmospheres developed rancidlike flavors when they were stored at refrigerated temperatures. Packing and irradiating under vacuum or helium prevented development of off-flavors during storage.
Significant quantities of nitrate and oxidizing substances were formed when oxygen, nitrogen, or air were present in the vapor or liquid phases contained in a Pyrex glass model system exposed to ionizing radiation supplied by a 60Co source. It was demonstrated that the delayed flavor changes that occur in stored fish fillets result from the reaction of vapor phase radiolysis products and the fish tissue substrates.
|Title||Irradiation of fish fillets: Relation of vapor phase reactions to storage quality|
|Authors||J. Spinelli, A.M. Dollar, Gary Wedemeyer, E.C. Gallagher|
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Series Title||International Journal of Applied Radiation and Isotopes|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|
|USGS Organization||Western Fisheries Research Center|