Quality and shelf life of vacuum- and nitrogen-packed dried barb fish (Puntius spp.)

  • Paromita Chowdhury Department of Fisheries, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi 6205, Bangladesh
  • Masudur Rahman Department of Fisheries, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi 6205, Bangladesh
  • Syeda Nusrat Jahan Department of Fisheries, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi 6205, Bangladesh https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4902-4882
  • Fawzia Adib Flowra Department of Fisheries, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi 6205, Bangladesh
  • Md Tariqul Islam Department of Fisheries, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi 6205, Bangladesh https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1623-5210
Keywords: Dried fish, modified atmosphere packaging, Puntius fish, shelf life, vacuum pack


Vacuum and modified atmosphere packaging are widely used for preserving food items including fish. In this context, the quality and shelf life of air- (control), vacuum- and nitrogen-packed dried barb fish (Puntius spp.) stored at ambient temperature were evaluated through biochemical and microbial analyses for 90 days. In most of the storage days, significantly lower values of moisture, total volatile base-nitrogen (TVB-N) and peroxide value (PV) were observed in the vacuum pack sample compared to control. However, the TVB-N, PV, total coliforms and faecal coliforms counts were within the acceptable limit in all groups. The total plate count (TPC) increased gradually with time from an initial value of 4.29 log CFUg–1. However, compared to control, significantly lower TPC were found on and after the 30th day of storage in vacuum and nitrogen pack samples. Considering the TPC value of 5 log CFUg–1, the shelf life was determined at approximately 15 days for control, 35 days for nitrogen pack and 45 days for vacuum pack samples. Therefore, the vacuum pack is considered the best packaging, which may be utilised by the processors to produce and retail the dried products with prolonged shelf life.


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How to Cite
Chowdhury, P., Rahman, M., Jahan, S. N., Flowra, F. A., & Islam, M. T. (2020). Quality and shelf life of vacuum- and nitrogen-packed dried barb fish (Puntius spp.). Journal of Fisheries, 8(3), 895-902. Retrieved from http://journal.bdfish.org/index.php/fisheries/article/view/JFish20253