At a glance
- Project to develop a model for shelf-life prediction of Australian vacuum-packed pork.
- Expanding the applicability of an existing tool to quantify rates of spoilage of pork in vacuum packaging.
- Supporting the Australian pork industry to produce pork efficiently and sustainably to meet consumer demand, while assuring high quality.
The Australian pork industry aims to produce pork efficiently and sustainably to meet consumer demand, while assuring high quality.
This is challenged by the need to minimise the loss of product quality (including shelf life) along different supply chains and to meet a wide range of shelf life-related specifications.
Vacuum-packed models for beef and lamb
Through TIA’s previous projects with Meat and Livestock Australia, shelf-life predictive models for vacuum-packed beef and lamb were successfully developed based on the growth rate of microorganisms present and processes of spoilage (based on odour) as a function of temperature.
The models have now been adopted by many red meat processors as a reliable and cost-effective decision-support tool for better management of their cold chains, i.e., to optimise product quality, to avoid an unexpected loss of quality, to reduce wastage, reduce the need for markdowns, and, more importantly, reduce customer complaints.
Expanding to vacuum-packed pork
To develop a model for shelf-life prediction of Australian vacuum-packed pork, this project aims to expand the applicability of the existing tool to quantify rates of spoilage of pork in vacuum packaging.
The team will systematically assess shelf-life of vacuum-packed pork across storage temperature ranges to define its best-before dates.
The data generated and the interpretation based on this can then be used to modify and/or refine the existing predictive models to enable reliable and accurate predictions of shelf life of vacuum-packed pork.
Benefit to industry
Achieving this, and being able to demonstrate its scientific basis, would enable the industry to further develop the APIQ Programme (i.e., standardising methodology used for shelf-life assessment and development of national standards), while having the ability to better understand and manage cold chains.
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This project links back to the original tender from Meat and Livestock Australia that involved Australian Pork Limited (RMBD-K28321). This research is funded by Australian Pork Limited.