The aim of this work was to study the influence of the combined use of MAP and antioxidant-based active packaging on the shelf-life of fresh bluefin tuna fillets stored at 3 °C. Active packaging films were produced by embedding α-tocopherol into an unstabilized low density polyethylene (LDPE) matrix at three concentrations (0.1%, 0.5%, 1%). α-Tocopherol release kinetics, in vitro antioxidant activity, oxygen permeability and crystallinity degree were determined to characterize the film. Preliminary shelf-life tests were performed to select critical quality indices, the best gas composition and the best α-tocopherol concentrations in the active film. Then, the effectiveness of the chosen active packaging film in combination with MAP was assessed by monitoring critical quality indices of fresh bluefin tuna fillet during storage at 3 °C for 18 days. Obtained results showed that (i) 100% N2 atmosphere has a protective effect on haemoglobin and lipid oxidation processes monitored, (ii) active film is able to reduce fat oxidation, (iii) the combined effect of MAP and active packaging can be considered a valuable tool to increase the shelf-life of raw fish products.
- Active film
- Tuna fish