Brazilian Journal of Food Technology
versão On-line ISSN 1981-6723
SANTOS, Joana Silva e OLIVEIRA, Maria Beatriz Prior Pinto. Review: fresh, minimally processed foods packaged under modified atmosphere. Braz. J. Food Technol. [online]. 2012, vol.15, n.1, pp. 1-14. ISSN 1981-6723. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1981-67232012000100001.
Fresh, minimally processed foods packaged under modified atmospheres are attractive to consumers searching for fresh healthy products that are also easy to transport and prepare. The atmosphere inside the package is a blend of gases optimized for each type of food, such that the quality characteristics are preserved for longer. However, due to the perishable nature of minimally processed fresh foods, maintenance at refrigeration temperatures is essential during processing, storage, distribution and commercialization. This paper discusses the state of art of minimally processed fresh foods (fruit and vegetables, meat and fish) packaged under modified atmosphere, with a detailed description of the latest developments in this field.
Palavras-chave : Modified atmosphere package; Minimally processed food; Refrigeration.