- Volume 30 Issue 5
Effects of gamma irradiation on pigments of beef was investigated by determination of the Hunter's color values and pigments such as myoglobin, metmyoglobin and oxymyoglobin after gamma irradiation up to 5 kGy in air or vacuum package for 7 days. 'L' and 'b' values increased but 'a' value decreased with the elapse of the storage period. But, 'L', 'a' and 'b' values of irradiated beef were lower than non-irradiated beef. Myoglobin decreased but oxymyoglobin and metmyoglobin increased with the elapse of the storage period. Myoglobin decreased but oxymyoglobin and metmyoglobin increased with gamma irradiation up to 5 kGy. In regard to packaging methods, vacuum package did not affect pigment of the beef as did air package.