Early Postmortem Processing Conditions on Meat Quality of Hanwoo (Korean Native Cattle) Beef during Storage

  • Kim, B.C. (Department of Animal Science, Korea University) ;
  • Rhee, M.S. (Roman L. Hruska U.S. Meat Animal Research Center) ;
  • Ryu, Y.C. (Department of Animal Science, Korea University) ;
  • Imm, J.Y. (Korea Food Research Institute) ;
  • Koh, K.C. (Animal Product Grading Service)
  • Received : 2001.04.27
  • Accepted : 2001.07.12
  • Published : 2001.12.01


The combined effects of low voltage electrical stimulation (ES) and early short-term temperature conditioning on meat quality of Hanwoo beef (Korean native cattle) during storage were investigated. Shear force was influenced by ES and aging. Combination of ES and the $30^{\circ}C$ conditioning resulted in higher myofibril fragmentation index and improved lightness. There was no substantial difference in drip loss among treatments but ES samples showed higher cooking loss than control. Negative effect on shelf-life was not found by early short-term high temperature conditioning. Therefore, the meat quality of Korean native cattle was effectively improved by the combination of ES and the $30^{\circ}C$ conditioning.

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