Meta-analysis of effects of dietary vitamin E and post slaughter storage conditions on changes of redness (a*) of pork

L. Trefan, L. Bunger, J. Rooke, J. Blom-Hansen, B. Salmi, C. Larzul, C. Terlouw, A. Doeschl-Wilson

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A meta-analysis was carried out to quantify the effects of dietary vitamin E and storage conditions on colour changes of pork from M. longissimus dorsi. After standardisation procedures, redness of pork (CIE colour specification a*), one of the most important objective colour attributes, was used as an indicator for colour changes in this analysis. The analysis was based on results from five experiments, which met selection criteria. Analysis of changes of other objective colour attributes, lightness (L*) and yellowness (b*) was not possible due to lack of published data. The statistical analysis (using mixed models) found significant effects of tissue alpha-tocopherol concentration in M. longissimus dorsi, simplified supplemented vitamin E levels as well as storage time and storage light on redness of pork and its changes overtime. The relationship between redness and alpha-tocopherol concentration was found to be linear, and between redness and storage time was non-linear (third degree polynomial) in one model. This model suggested that an increase of 1 mu g of alpha-tocopherol in the muscle led to an expected increase a* value of 0.11. Another model identified significant interactions about 0.28 between a-tocopherol concentration and storage time in late storage periods. A third model found a significant difference of -0.48 between predicted a* values at lower (= 100 IU/kg feed). The models predicted an initial increase for 3 days, a stable period for 5 days and then a decrease for a* values over storage time. The a* values were significantly lower by about 1.4 when samples were exposed to light in the models, the effect of light found to be constant over time. Further studies, carried out with standardized methods, are needed to increase the predictive power of the derived models and to validate the models for other muscles.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)564-577
Number of pages14
JournalArchives Animal Breeding
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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