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Impact of different visible light spectra on oxygen absorption and surface discoloration of bologna sausage

: Böhner, Nadine; Rieblinger, Klaus


Meat science 121 (2016), pp.207-209
ISSN: 0309-1740
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IVV ()

The objective of this study was to evaluate the influence of several visible light spectra in various intensities on the oxygen absorption and surface color of sliced bologna. Sausage samples were stored in a gastight model packaging system and illuminated at 5 °C with six single-colored LEDs covering the main part of the visible light spectrum. The initial oxygen level was set at 0.5% in order to simulate common residual oxygen amounts in conventional packaging. The oxygen absorption and the discoloration measured as changes in CIE a*-value were dependent from the applied light intensity. The color stability of bologna was differently affected by light of various wavelengths. The results show that the use of suitable LEDs with specific spectra for display illumination can help to reduce the light induced deterioration of cured sausages in retail markets.