Temperature Abuse Affects the Quality of Irradiated Pork Loins

Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 2005. Temperature abuse had no significant effect on color, oxidation, and volatiles of irradiated pork loins. However, temperature abuse improved water holding capacity of meat, which could be caused by the accelerated hydrolysis of muscle proteins at higher temperature. Irradiation increased redness, sulfur contents in volatiles and off-odor of pork loin. Off-odor and redness induced by irradiation sustained during storage. Among sulfur compounds, the content of dimethyl disulfide decreased gradually while the level of thiourea remained relatively constant. Irradiation also increased water loss, which might be related to the structural damage in membrane during irradiation. This study shows that temperature abuse has little effect on the quality of irradiated pork.