Application of an Antimicrobial Protein Film in Beef Patties Packaging
Application of an Antimicrobial Protein Film in Beef Patties Packaging
Food Science of Animal Resources. 2015. Oct, 35(5): 611-614
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  • Received : July 06, 2015
  • Accepted : August 11, 2015
  • Published : October 31, 2015
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Ji-Hyun, Lee
Kyung Bin, Song

This study was performed to apply a protein film containing a natural antimicrobial compound to meat packaging and determine quality change of meat during storage. Proteins obtained from the by-products of food processing have been utilized as biodegradable film sources. Porcine meat and bone meal (MBM) is obtained during meat processing, and proteins from the MBM can be extracted and used as a film base material. Previously, an antimicrobial MBM film containing coriander oil (CO) was prepared and its physical properties and antimicrobial activity were characterized. In this study, the antimicrobial MBM-CO film was applied to beef patties packaging, and the microbial population and the degree of lipid oxidation were determined during storage at 4℃ for 15 d. The population of inoculated E. coli O157:H7 in the samples wrapped with the MBM-CO film was 6.78 log colony forming unit (CFU)/g after 15 d of storage, whereas the control had 8.05 Log CFU/g, thus reducing the microbial population by 1.29 Log CFU/g. In addition, retardation of lipid oxidation in the patties was observed during storage for the samples packaged by the MBM-CO film, compared with the control samples. These results suggest that the MBM-CO film can be useful for enhancing the quality of beef patties during storage.
Microbial growth in foods affects food safety and quality in general, and lipid oxidation particularly deteriorates the quality of beef products by changing the color and flavor of the foods during storage ( Ladikos and Lougovois, 1990 ). Therefore, anti-oxidative and antimicrobial food packaging can be considered in the food industry.
As an alternative to plastic packaging materials with environmental concerns, biodegradable packaging materials have been studied ( Khwaldia ., 2010 ). Proteins from the by-products of the food industry have been used as biodegradable packaging materials ( Song ., 2013 ). In particular, protein films can carry antioxidants and antimicrobials, and as an example essential oils are applied to the films. To utilize a by-product of meat processing, a porcine meat and bone meal (MBM) film containing coriander oil (CO) was prepared and characterized in the previous study ( Lee ., 2015a ). Based on the previous results, in this study, to utilize the biodegradable film for food packaging, the antimicrobial MBM-CO film was used for beef patties packaging and its antimicrobial and anti-oxidative property was evaluated to extend the shelf life of the beef patties.
Materials and Methods
- Materials
MBM was obtained from a local market (Korea). CO was obtained from The Certification Academy for Holistic Aromatherapy (Korea). Minced beef was purchased from a local market (Korea). After minced beef was battered without any additive, beef patties (diameter, 8.5 cm; thickness 1.2 cm) were prepared using a petri dish in the laboratory.
- Application of the MBM-CO film to beef patties packaging
MBM and MBM-CO films were prepared according to the method described by Lee . (2015b) . For the preparation of MBM-CO film, 5 g of MBM protein, 2 g of fructose, 1 g of CO, and 0.02 g of tannic acid were dissolved in the film-forming solution (100 mL). The film-forming solution was then poured onto a Teflon-coated plate and dried at room temperature for 24 h. The dried films were peeled off and used for beef patties packaging. The film for packaging had the physical properties of 13.23 MPa of tensile strength and 69.21% of elongation at break as well as optical properties of 23.64% opacity and 27.72% transparency ( Lee ., 2015b ).
Beef patties were cut to the same weight (10 g), and the surface was sterilized using UV for 10 min. A 0.5-mL sample of E. coli O157:H7 (10 6 CFU/g), which was cultured in TSB at 37℃ for 24 h, was spread onto each side of the patties. After drying for 30 min, the patties were wrapped with the MBM film without CO or the MBM-CO film so the films would be in direct contact with the samples. The control sample was kept in polyethylene terephthalate boxes only, and all samples were stored at 4℃. Microbial enumeration and lipid oxidation determination were performed every three days during storage.
- Microbial analysis
After adding 0.1% peptone water to beef patties (10 g), the mixture was homogenized using a stomacher (MIX 2, AES Laboratoire, France) for 3 min. The inoculated samples were serially diluted, plated onto MacConkey agar (BBL), and incubated at 37℃ for 24 h. Microbial counts were expressed as the log of CFU. Experiments were analyzed in triplicate.
- Lipid oxidation
To evaluate lipid oxidation, the thiobarbituric acid (TBA), peroxide value (POV), and metmyoglobin (MetMb) content were measured. TBA was assessed by the method described by Vyncke (1970) with minor modifications. Samples (2 g) were homogenized with 10 mL of 7.5% trichloroacetic acid using a stomacher for 8 min, and 5 mL of TBA reagent (0.02 M 2-thiobarbituric acid in distilled water) were added to 5 mL of the filtrate and boiled for 45 min. After heating, the absorbance was measured at 539 nm, and the TBA value was expressed as mg of malonaldehyde (MDA) per kg of sample (mg MDA/kg sample).
To evaluate POV, samples (2 g) were blended with 30 mL of acetic acid:chloroform (3:2, v/v), and saturated potassium iodide was added. After storing for 5 min in the dark, 30 mL of distilled water was added, a 1% starch solution was added, and the solution was titrated with 0.01 N sodium thiosulfate. The POV was calculated and expressed as mEq peroxides/kg sample.
MetMb content was determined according to the method of Fernández-López . (2003) . Myoglobin was extracted from minced patties (2 g) using 20 mL of 0.04 M phosphate buffer (pH 6.8), and the supernatant was filtered through Whatman paper (#42) after centrifugation at 10,000 g for 30 min. The absorbances at 525 nm, 572 nm, and 730 nm were measured, and MetMb content (%) was calculated.
- Statistical analysis
All experiments were performed triplicate (n=3), and all data are represented as the means ± the standard deviations (SD). SAS program version 8.0 (SAS, 2000) was used to perform analysis of variance and Duncan’s multiple range tests ( p <0.05).
Results and Discussion
- Microbiological analysis of beef patties
The changes in the populations of E. coli O157:H7 inoculated on beef patties were evaluated ( Fig. 1 ). The initial population of E. coli O157:H7 in the sample was 5.13 Log CFU/g. The microbial population increased during storage, and the populations of the control were significantly different from those of the patties wrapped with the MBM-CO film during storage. The population of E. coli O157:H7 in the samples packaged with the MBM-CO film was 4.29 Log CFU/g after 3 d of storage, whereas the control had 5.65 Log CFU/g, thus reducing the microbial population by 1.36 Log CFU/g. The patties with the MBM film packaging also had fewer microbial populations than the control during the early stages of storage, most likely because the film absorbed water from the patties and delayed the microbial growth ( Zivanovic ., 2005 ). In addition, tannic acid, used as a cross-linking agent, might provide antimicrobial activity because of the presence of a galloyl group, which binds to iron from the media and inhibits microbial growth ( Kim ., 2010 ). However, because only a small quantity of tannic acid was incorporated, its effects did not remain until the end of the storage time. After 15 d of storage, the population of E. coli O157:H7 in the samples packaged with the MBM-CO film was 6.78 Log CFU/g, whereas the control had 8.05 Log CFU/g.
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Changes in the population of E. coli O157:H7 inoculated on beef patties during storage.
- Lipid oxidation in beef patties during storage
Lipid oxidation was evaluated by POV, TBARS, and MetMb content ( Table 1 , Fig. 2 ). The initial POV was 0.37 mEq peroxide/kg sample, and the POV of all samples increased during storage. The control had a higher POV than the samples packaged with the MBM-CO films, and the MBM film packaging also showed less ( p <0.05) POV than the control until six days in storage. These results can be attributed to the oxygen barrier property of the MBM films that retards the diffusion of oxygen to the surface of the patties ( Jeon ., 2002 ). Nowzari . (2013) also reported that the POV of rainbow trout with chitosan film or chitosan-gelatin bilayer film coating were lower than those of the control samples during storage. In the present study, the POV of the samples packaged with the MBM-CO film was 1.16 mEq peroxide/kg sample after 15 d of storage compared with 2.38 mEq peroxide/kg sample in the control, and the decrease was mainly attributed to the effect of CO on the patties.
Changes in the POV of beef patties during storage (meq peroxide/kg sample)
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Changes in the POV of beef patties during storage (meq peroxide/kg sample)
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Changes in TBARS value (A) and MetMb content (B) of beef patties during storage.
Fig. 2 shows the TBARS for the different packaging materials during storage. The TBARS of the control increased from 0.98 to 3.64 mg malonaldehyde/kg sample as storage time increased. In contrast, the MBM-CO packaged samples had the lowest TBARS values of 2.14 mg malonaldehyde/kg sample, compared with the control and MBM packaged samples. Similar to our results, fish samples packaged with chitosan-cinnamon oil had lower TBARS compared with the control ( Ojagh ., 2010 ). Lee . (2015a) also reported that the cheese wrapped with chicken feet protein film containing clove bud oil had low TBARS value than the control.
MetMb content was also measured to evaluate the changes in lipid oxidation in the patties ( Fig. 2 ). MetMb content increased during storage for all samples, and control samples had higher MetMb values than that of the MBM-CO samples during storage. The decrease of MetMb content might be due to the anti-oxidative properties of CO that delay radical generation in the patties ( Qin ., 2013 ).
The MBM film containing 1% CO was applied to the packaging of beef patties. A reduction in the population of inoculated E. coli O157:H7 and retardation of lipid oxidation in the patties were observed during storage for the samples packaged by the MBM-CO film. Therefore, MBM film containing CO can be used as an effective packaging material to preserve the quality of beef patties during storage.
This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea funded by the Ministry of Education (2013-1074).
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