Processing in a modified atmosphere
Modified atmosphere processing is a technique that offers significant potential to the food industry. As part of our evaluation of its advantages we have been using a glove box capable of maintaining an atmosphere of less than 1% oxygen. As well as allowing dicing, chopping, pureeing or juicing of fruit and vegetables without the problems of enzymatic browning, it can also be used for meat and fish processing. The processed products can also be packaged within the box. The equipment was initially acquired for use in an EUfunded project to find alternatives to sulphites for food preservation; a short video of it in operation can be found on our website at http://www.campdenbri.co.uk/videos.php. This work builds on our long standing expertise in evaluating new methods of food processing and preservation.