Author(s): Fernndez AM, Vieira C
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Abstract The effect of post mortem temperature treatment on suckling lamb carcass and meat quality was study. Conventional (2 °C for 24 h), ultra-rapid (-20 °C for 3.5 h, 2 °C until 24 h) and slow chillings (12 °C for 7 h, 2 °C until 24 h) were compared. Total viable counts (TVC), weight losses, and pH and temperature falls were recorded on carcasses. Meat colour, water holding capacity (WHC), Warner-Bratzler shear force, sarcomere length and sensory analysis were evaluated in M. longissimus. Ultra-rapid treatment reduced TVC and weight losses. The pH decline was faster in slow chilled carcasses than in faster chilled carcasses. No significant differences were found for colour and WHC. Slow treatment carcasses showed significantly lower shear force and higher sarcomere length. In the sensory analysis, tasters also rated the early post mortem slow-treated meat as more tender, less fibrous and chewy. Therefore, delay chilling in suckling lamb carcasses made it possible to obtain meat with better organoleptic characteristics, without affecting weight loss or hygienic quality. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Meat Sci
and referenced in Journal of Veterinary Science & Technology