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Consumers are often confused by the product dating systems used by the food manufacturers.However, they have reported that they consider these dates when purchasing lunchmeats andother ready-to-eat foods. A study was conducted to evaluate changes of microbiological qualityof packaged lunchmeat during refrigerated storage as related to the sell-by-date (SBD). Thirtypackages of lunchmeat with the same lot number were tested over an extended period. The microbiologicalquality was satisfactory at the time of purchase. It deteriorated steadily during refrigeratedstorage regardless of whether the packages were opened or not, and was unsatisfactoryat SBD. Food manufacturers should strive to meet the microbiological quality standards and considerthe usefulness of the information to consumers when setting a product date.

Keywords: Bacteria in lunchmeat ; Package labeling ; Sell-by-dates

Subject(s): Consumer/Household Economics

Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety

Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies

Risk and Uncertainty

Issue Date: 2012-03

Publication Type: Journal Article

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/139444 Published in: Journal of Food Distribution Research, Volume 43, Number 1 Page range: 13-18

Total Pages: 6

Record appears in: Food Distribution Research Society > Journal of Food Distribution Research





Autor: Godwin, Sandria L. ; Chen, Fur-Chi

Fuente: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/139444?ln=en







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