Table of Contents

Preliminaries; Contents; 1 Introduction; 2 The use of natural antimicrobials; 3 Natural antioxidants; 4 Antimicrobial enzymes; 5 Combining natural antimicrobial systems with other preservation techniques: the case of meat; 6 Edible coatings; 7 The control of pH; 8 The control of water activity; 9 Developments in conventional heat treatment; 10 Combining heat treatment, control of water activity and pressure to preserve foods; 11 Combining traditional and new preservation techniques to control pathogens: the case of E. coli; 12 Developments in freezing; 13 Biotechnology and reduced spoilage. Extending the shelf-life of foods whilst maintaining safety and quality is a critical issue for the food industry. As a result there have been major developments in food preservation techniques, which are summarised in this authoritative collection. The first part of the book examines the key issue of maintaining safety as preservation methods become more varied and complex. The rest of the book looks both at individual technologies and how they are combined to achieve the right balance of safety, quality and shelf-life for particular products.