Packaging Insights: Modified Atmosphere, Meat Color and Shelf Life w/ Dr. Mahesh N. Nair
In today's episode, we have Dr. Mahesh N. Nair, Associate Professor of Meat Science at Colorado State University, discussing food packaging, specifically Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP). He explores how MAP impacts meat color and shelf life, examining the use of gases like oxygen, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide in packaging. Dr. Nair also delves into the delicate balance required to achieve vibrant meat color while ensuring product longevity. We delve into consumer preferences in the US versus Europe regarding packaging atmospheres, the role of carbon monoxide in preserving the coveted cherry-red color, and the challenges of balancing tenderness and color in aged meats.