Quality of Meat (Longissimus dorsi) from Male Fallow Deer (Dama dama) Packaged and Stored under Vacuum and Modified Atmosphere Conditions

  • Piaskowska, N. (Department of Commodity Science and Animal Raw Material Processing, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn) ;
  • Daszkiewicz, T. (Department of Commodity Science and Animal Raw Material Processing, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn) ;
  • Kubiak, D. (Department of Commodity Science and Animal Raw Material Processing, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn) ;
  • Zapotoczny, P. (Department of System Engineering, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn)
  • Received : 2015.12.13
  • Accepted : 2016.04.02
  • Published : 2016.12.01


This study evaluated the effect of vacuum and modified atmosphere (40% $CO_2+60%$ $N_2$, MA) packaging on the chemical composition, physicochemical properties and sensory attributes of chill-stored meat from 10 fallow deer (Dama dama) bucks at 17 to 18 months of age. The animals were hunter-harvested in the forests of north-eastern Poland. During carcass dressing (48 to 54 h post mortem), both musculus longissimus muscles were cut out. Each muscle was divided into seven sections which were allocated to three groups: 0, A, and B. Samples 0 were immediately subjected to laboratory analyses. Samples A were vacuum-packaged, and samples B were packaged in MA. Packaged samples were stored for 7, 14, and 21 days at $2^{\circ}C$. The results of the present study showed that the evaluated packaging systems had no significant effect on the quality of fallow deer meat during chilled storage. However, vacuum-packaged meat samples were characterised by greater drip loss. Vacuum and MA packaging contributed to preserving the desired physicochemical properties and sensory attributes of meat during 21 days of storage. Regardless of the packaging method used, undesirable changes in the colour, water-holding capacity and juiciness of meat, accompanied by tenderness improvement, were observed during chilled storage.


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