MODIFIED ATMOSPHERE PACKAGING OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
The use of selectively permeable plastic films for modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) of fresh fruits and vegetables is an area of expanding research and commercial interest. The principles of MAP as applied to horticultural produce, and the importance of matching product respiration requirements and film permeability (to gases and water vapour) are explained. Examples of successful applications of MAP using suitably permeable or micro-perforated plastic films, which can extend shelf life without adverse effects on eating quality, are illustrated by recent studies on tomatoes, peppers, apples and leeks. Similarly, studies on pears and brussel sprouts demonstrate limitations of MAP for these products. Further progress in this area requires more detailed understanding of product respiration and requirements and of film permeability properties, determined under actual conditions of use.
Geeson, J.D. (1989). MODIFIED ATMOSPHERE PACKAGING OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. Acta Hortic. 258, 143-150