Fresh Formula - 10/13/2009
Modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) is one way of sustaining the quality of packaged meats. MAP is the enclosure of foods within packs containing gas mixtures that differ in composition from air. Levels of oxygen (O2), nitrogen (N2), carbon dioxide (CO2) and sometimes other gases are adjusted to control biochemical and enzymic reactions, reduce moisture loss and inhibit the growth of microorganisms. Within the meat industry, the use of modified atmospheres is widespread.
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