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Korean J Food Sci Anim Resour. 2018 Dec;38(6):1253-1260. doi: 10.5851/kosfa.2018.e61. Epub 2018 Dec 31.

Changes in Total Plate Counts and Quality of Pig Small Intestine by Different Washing and Packaging Methods.

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Swine Science Division, National Institute of Animal Science, Rural Development Administration, Cheonan 31000, Korea.
Animal Products Research and Development Division, National Institute of Animal Science, Rural Development Administration, Wanju 55365, Korea.
Sunjin Meat Academy Research Center, Seoul 15372, Korea.


Pig small intestine not only is used as food but also for sausage casings production in many countries worldwide. However, it is well recognized that the small intestine is important source of spoilage and pathogenic bacteria. The present study aimed at investigating the effects of different washing and packaging methods on the changes of microbial levels and physicochemical characteristics of pig small intestine. After collecting and trimming off of visible fats, the pig small intestine samples were treated with; (i) different packaging methods: aerobic packaging (AP), skin packaging (SP), and vacuum packaging (VP); and (ii) washing with different concentrations of acetic acid. The treated samples were then stored at 4℃ for 1, 4, 7, and 10 d. At 1-d storage, higher pH value was found in the AP-treated samples, however, after 7 to 10 days the samples treated with SP had higher values compared to the ones treated with AP and VP (p<0.05). Thiobarbituric acid reactive substances values were higher in the AP-treated samples than those of the SP- and VP- treated samples at 7-d storage (p<0.05). At 10th d, total plate counts (TPC) were higher in the control than in the acetic acid-washed samples (p<0.05). Additionally, the TPC was lower in the SP- and VP-treated samples than the AP-treated samples at 7-d storage (p<0.05). These obtained results suggest that the applications of washing with acetic acid solution and/or SP and VP methods could be an effective way to extend the shelf-life of pig small intestine during cold distribution.


acetic acid; packaging; pig small intestine; total plate counts

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Conflicts of Interest The authors declare no potential conflict of interest.

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