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  1. 78 FR 79634 - Importation of Fresh Blueberry Fruit From Morocco Into the Continental United States

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    2013-12-31

    ... a combination of mitigation measures for two quarantine pests, Ceratitis capitata and Monilinia... importation of blueberries: Ceratitis capitata, the Meditterranean fruit fly, and Monilinia fructigena Honey...: Ceratitis capitata, the Mediterranean fruit fly, and the fungus Monilinia fructigena Honey ex Whetzel. (a...

  2. 75 FR 34422 - Notice of Availability of a Pest Risk Analysis for the Importation of Fresh Mango Fruit From...

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    2010-06-17

    ... Importation of Fresh Mango Fruit From Pakistan Into the Continental United States AGENCY: Animal and Plant... prepared a pest risk analysis that evaluates the risks associated with the importation of fresh mango fruit... importation of fresh mango fruits, Mangifera indica L., into the continental United States. Currently, fresh...

  3. 75 FR 52712 - Notice of Decision To Issue Permits for the Importation of Fresh Mango Fruit From Pakistan Into...

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    2010-08-27

    ... Fresh Mango Fruit From Pakistan Into the Continental United States AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health... issuing permits for the importation into the continental United States of fresh mango fruit from Pakistan... weeds via the importation of fresh mango fruit from Pakistan. DATES: Effective Date: August 27, 2010...

  4. 76 FR 49725 - Notice of Decision To Authorize the Importation of Fresh Papaya Fruit From Malaysia into the...

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    2011-08-11

    ... Importation of Fresh Papaya Fruit From Malaysia into the Continental United States AGENCY: Animal and Plant... authorize the importation into the continental United States of fresh papaya fruit from Malaysia. Based on... weeds via the importation of fresh papaya fruit from Malaysia. DATES: Effective Date: August 11,...

  5. 76 FR 78231 - Notice of Decision To Authorize the Importation of Fresh Cape Gooseberry Fruit With Husks From Chile

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    2011-12-16

    ... continental United States of fresh Cape gooseberry fruit (Physalis peruviana L.) with husks from Chile. Based... fresh Cape gooseberry fruit (Physalis peruviana L.) with husks from Chile. We solicited comments on...

  6. "Eat Fresh Vegetables, Fruit, and Whole Grain Products"

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    ... on. Feature: Diverticulitis "Eat fresh vegetables, fruit, and whole grain products." Past Issues / Winter 2010 Table of Contents ... once again eat fresh vegetables and fruit and whole grain products. My two episodes of diverticulitis were not ...

  7. Fresh fruit: microstructure, texture, and quality

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    Wood, Delilah F.; Imam, Syed H.; Orts, William J.; Glenn, Gregory M.

    2009-05-01

    Fresh-cut produce has a huge following in today's supermarkets. The trend follows the need to decrease preparation time as well as the desire to follow the current health guidelines for consumption of more whole "heart-healthy" foods. Additionally, consumers are able to enjoy a variety of fresh produce regardless of the local season because produce is now shipped world-wide. However, most fruits decompose rapidly once their natural packaging has been disrupted by cutting. In addition, some intact fruits have limited shelf-life which, in turn, limits shipping and storage. Therefore, a basic understanding of how produce microstructure relates to texture and how microstructure changes as quality deteriorates is needed to ensure the best quality in the both the fresh-cut and the fresh produce markets. Similarities between different types of produce include desiccation intolerance which produces wrinkling of the outer layers, cracking of the cuticle and increased susceptibility to pathogen invasion. Specific examples of fresh produce and their corresponding ripening and storage issues, and degradation are shown in scanning electron micrographs.

  8. Microbial and preservative safety of fresh and processed fruit salads ...

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    Microbial and preservative safety of fresh and processed fruit salads, fruit soft drinks and ... African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development ... of fruits and vegetables to the local market and 0.13 million tonnes to export market.

  9. 76 FR 21854 - Notice of Decision To Authorize the Importation of Fresh Rambutan Fruit From Malaysia and Vietnam

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    2011-04-19

    ... Importation of Fresh Rambutan Fruit From Malaysia and Vietnam AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection... importation into the continental United States of fresh rambutan fruit (Nephelium lappaceum) from Malaysia and... noxious weeds via the importation of fresh rambutan fruit from Malaysia and Vietnam. DATES: Effective...

  10. Food irradiation in the United States: irradiation as a phytosanitary treatment for fresh fruits and vegetables and for the control of microorganisms in meat and poultry

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    Ross, Ralph T. E-mail: Ralph.T.Ross@usda.gov; Engeljohn, Dan

    2000-03-01

    Recently there has been a renewed focus on food irradiation in the United States (US) for the disinfestation of fresh fruits and vegetables to eliminate pests from imported agricultural commodities that could threaten the economic viability of American agriculture and for the control of bacterium E. coli 0157:H7 in beef, a pathogen that threatens the safety of the US domestic food supply. In January 1999 USDA/APHIS published in the Federal Register a rule which authorized irradiation as a guarantee treatment for papayas for movement from Hawaii to the US mainland. This treatment was never used for a number of reasons. However, in December, 1993, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its final rule to terminate production and consumption of methyl bromide, the only remaining broad spectrum fumigant for disinfesting agricultural commodities for pests of quarantine significance on imported and exported commodities. With increased global trade pressures and the possible loss of methyl bromide as a fumigant for regulatory pests treatment made it imperative that practical treatment options be explored including irradiation. In May 1996, USDA/APHIS published a Notice of Policy which sets forth a policy statement that share positions and policies of USDA concerning the use of irradiation as a phytosanitary treatment. Subsequently in July, 1997, USDA/APHIS amended its Hawaiian regulation by increasing the dose required for papayas intended for interstate movement and by allowing carambolas and litchis also to move interstate as well. Fruits from Hawaii to the US mainland are currently being irradiated and distributed in commerce throughout the US Irradiation treatments now afford movement of many exotic fruits to the US mainland that could not be done earlier due to the lack of available treatment methods. To help combat this potential public health problem, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved treating red meat products. This process has been

  11. 76 FR 60449 - Notice of Availability of a Pest Risk Analysis for the Importation of Fresh Tejocote Fruit From...

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    2011-09-29

    ... Importation of Fresh Tejocote Fruit From Mexico AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA... evaluates the risks associated with the importation into the continental United States of fresh tejocote... noxious weeds via the importation of fresh tejocote fruit from Mexico. We are making the pest...

  12. Bioactive Labels for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

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    Liana Nasui

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Pesticide residues and microbial load on the surface of fresh fruits and vegetables becomes a major concern due to the safety and quality of these products for consumer.In order to minimize these risk factors (pesticide residues and microbial load, were achieved labels for fruits and vegetables that are consumed with shell which disintegrates under the influence of water jet and thus reduce the amount of these contaminants. Were elaborated labels based on polymer (chitosan at a concentration of 2%, which incorporate bioactive compounds from green tea with potential decontaminant of the peel of this products. Green tea extract was obtained by infusing 1 g of dried green tea in 100 ml water at 80° C for 10 minutes. The extract was filtered and then mixed with 2 g chitosan acidified with 0.7% glacial acetic acid and dilute to the mark with distilled water. Were identified bioactive compounds from green tea, using UV-VIS and HPLC. Then were elaborated the labels. These tags were used on pepper, tomato, apple and  nectarine. Were quantified the microbial load and the pesticide residues on their surface unwashed, washed only with water and were monitored the influence of labels on these factors. Identified pesticides were mefenoxan and thiamethoxam, which were quantified by HPLC. In what it concerns the influence, were founded the absence of germs at pepper and a significant decrease at the other. In terms of  the potential of reducing pesticide, the experimental results have indicated that the label can prove its effectiveness.

  13. Bioactive Labels for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

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    Nasui Liana

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Pesticide residues and microbial load on the surface of fresh fruits and vegetables becomes a major concern due to the safety and quality of these products for consumer.In order to minimize these risk factors (pesticide residues and microbial load, were achieved labels for fruits and vegetables that are consumed with shell which disintegrates under the influence of water jet and thus reduce the amount of these contaminants. Were elaborated labels based on polymer (chitosan at a concentration of 2%, which incorporate bioactive compounds from green tea with potential decontaminant of the peel of this products. Green tea extract was obtained by infusing 1 g of dried green tea in 100 ml water at 80° C for 10 minutes. The extract was filtered and then mixed with 2 g chitosan acidified with 0.7% glacial acetic acid and dilute to the mark with distilled water. Were identified bioactive compounds from green tea, using UV-VIS and HPLC. Then were elaborated the labels. These tags were used on pepper, tomato, apple and  nectarine. Were quantified the microbial load and the pesticide residues on their surface unwashed, washed only with water and were monitored the influence of labels on these factors. Identified pesticides were mefenoxan and thiamethoxam, which were quantified by HPLC. In what it concerns the influence, were founded the absence of germs at pepper and a significant decrease at the other. In terms of  the potential of reducing pesticide, the experimental results have indicated that the label can prove its effectiveness.  

  14. 76 FR 13972 - Notice of Availability of a Pest Risk Analysis for the Importation of Fresh Papaya Fruit From...

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    2011-03-15

    ... Importation of Fresh Papaya Fruit From Malaysia Into the Continental United States AGENCY: Animal and Plant... of fresh papaya (Carica papaya) fruit from Malaysia into the continental United States. Based on our... organization of the exporting country, and have been found free of one or more specific quarantine pests...

  15. Economic Analysis of Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Export Marketing ...

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    Economic Analysis of Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Export Marketing Channels by Small-Scale Farmers in Tanzania: The Case of Meru District. ... Abstract. The study was carried out in two divisions of Meru District in Arusha region in Tanzania to ...

  16. USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Is More Effective in Town and Rural Schools than Those in More Populated Communities

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    Lin, Yi-Chun; Fly, Alyce D.

    2016-01-01

    Background: We attempted to determine effects of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) on variety and frequency of fruit and vegetable intake by students in schools from different locales. Methods: Data were derived from the 2011-2012 Indiana FFVP Student Survey completed by 4229 fourth-sixth…

  17. Successful selling of packed fresh fruit and vegetable

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    Radmila Presová

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper deals with the marketability of packaged fruit and vegetables, as a new trend of satisfying consumer needs, in connection with selling-culture of stall selling and self-stores sales. It emphasize fact that food have to be wrapped into the quality, health packages, under the conditions of the Act. 477/2001 Coll.Specific data for the analytical part of this paper was provided by Hortim International Ltd. This company has operate on the Czech market since 1995. Analysis of the economic results confirmes the legitimacy of the sale of packaged fresh fruits and vegetables, but there will be neccesary longer lasting promotion. This fact also confirmed the research of consumer demand, that was made by authors. Determinant for the success sales are these factors: consumer confidence that the packaged products of fruit and vegetables are high quality.

  18. Edible coatings enriched with essential oils and their compounds for fresh and fresh-cut fruit.

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    Antunes, Maria D; Gago, Custodia M; Cavaco, Ana M; Miguel, Maria G

    2012-08-01

    Fresh fruit and vegetables consumption has increased in the past few years due to the enhanced awareness of consumers for healthy food. However, these products are highly perishable, and losses can be of great significance if postharvest correct management is not provided. Fresh-cut products are of increasing importance, since they are presented to the consumer in a state that allows for direct and immediate consumption. However, those products are even more perishable since cutting can induce a series of senescence associated responses to wounding, and are more susceptible to microbial spoilage. Edible coatings, which intend to reduce ripening processes and protect the fruit from water loss and spoilage may be a good way to enhance the shelf life of these products. More recently, the inclusion of additives into these edible coatings to increase their effectiveness, such as essential oils and their constituents with antimicrobial and antioxidant activities, has been reported and patented.

  19. Effects of fresh Aloe vera gel coating on browning alleviation of fresh cut wax apple (Syzygium samarangenese) fruit cv. Taaptimjaan.

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    Supapvanich, S; Mitrsang, P; Srinorkham, P; Boonyaritthongchai, P; Wongs-Aree, C

    2016-06-01

    The effect of natural coating by using fresh Aloe vera (A. vera) gel alleviating browning of fresh-cut wax apple fruits cv. Taaptimjaan was investigated. The fresh-cut fruits were dipped in fresh A. vera gel at various concentrations of 0, 25, 75 or 100 % (v/v) for 2 min at 4 ± 1 °C for 6 days. Lightness (L*), whiteness index (WI), browning index (BI), total color difference (ΔE*), sensorial quality attributes, total phenolic (TP) content, antioxidant activity and polyphenol oxidase (PPO) and peroxidase (POD) activities were determined. During storage, L* and WI of the fresh-cut fruits surface decreased whilst their BI and ΔE* increased. A. vera coating maintained the L* and WI and delayed the increase in BI and ΔE*, especially at 75 % A. vera dip. The fresh-cut fruits dipped in 75 % A. vera had the lowest browning score, the highest acceptance score and delayed the increase in TP content and PPO activity. However POD activity was induced by A. vera coating. Antioxidant activity had no effect on browning incidence of the fresh-cut fruits. Consequently, A. vera gel coating could maintain quality and retarded browning of fresh-cut wax apple fruits during storage.

  20. Cultivar affects browning susceptibility of freshly cut star fruit slices

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    Teixeira Gustavo Henrique de Almeida

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Consumption of freshly-cut horticultural products has increased in the last few years. The principal restraint to using freshly-cut carambola is its susceptibility to tissue-browning, due to polyphenol oxidase-mediated oxidation of phenolic compounds present in the tissue. The current study investigated the susceptibility to browning of star fruit slices (Averrhoa carambola L. of seven genotypes (Hart, Golden Star, Taen-ma, Nota-10, Malásia, Arkin, and Fwang Tung. Cultivar susceptibility to browning as measured by luminosity (L* varied significantly among genotypes. Without catechol 0.05 M, little changes occurred on cut surface of any cultivars during 6 hour at 25degreesC, 67% RH. Addition of catechol led to rapid browning, which was more intense in cvs. Taen-ma, Fwang Tung, and Golden Star, with reduction in L* value of 28.60%, 27.68%, and 23.29%, respectively. Browning was more intense in the center of the slices, particularly when treated with catechol, indicating highest polyphenol oxidase (PPO concentration. Epidermal browning, even in absence of catechol, is a limitation to visual acceptability and indicates a necessity for its control during carambola processing. Care must be given to appropriate selection of cultivars for fresh-cut processing, since cultivar varied in browning susceptibility in the presence of catechol.

  1. Control of foodborne pathogens on fresh-cut fruit by a novel strain of Pseudomonas graminis.

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    Alegre, Isabel; Viñas, Inmaculada; Usall, Josep; Teixidó, Neus; Figge, Marian J; Abadias, Maribel

    2013-06-01

    The consumption of fresh-cut fruit has substantially risen over the last few years, leading to an increase in the number of outbreaks associated with fruit. Moreover, consumers are currently demanding wholesome, fresh-like, safe foods without added chemicals. As a response, the aim of this study was to determine if the naturally occurring microorganisms on fruit are "competitive with" or "antagonistic to" potentially encountered pathogens. Of the 97 and 107 isolates tested by co-inoculation with Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella and Listeria innocua on fresh-cut apple and peach, respectively, and stored at 20 °C, seven showed a strong antagonistic capacity (more than 1-log unit reduction). One of the isolates, CPA-7, achieved the best reduction values (from 2.8 to 5.9-log units) and was the only isolate able to inhibit E. coli O157:H7 at refrigeration temperatures on both fruits. Therefore, CPA-7 was selected for further assays. Dose-response assays showed that CPA-7 should be present in at least the same amount as the pathogen to adequately reduce the numbers of the pathogen. From the results obtained in in vitro assays, competition seemed to be CPA-7's mode of action against E. coli O157:H7. The CPA-7 strain was identified as Pseudomonas graminis. Thus, the results support the potential use of CPA-7 as a bioprotective agent against foodborne pathogens in minimally processed fruit. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Cold plasma as an antimicrobial intervention for fresh and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables: an ERRC research update

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    Contamination of fresh and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables by foodborne pathogens has prompted research at the Eastern Regional Research Center into novel interventions. Cold plasma is a nonthermal food processing technology which uses energetic, reactive gases to inactivate contaminating microbes. ...

  3. Predicting fresh fruit bunch yield of oil palm

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    Nilnond, C.

    2001-11-01

    Full Text Available This study aimed to develop the simulation model for predicting fresh fruit bunch (FFB yield of oil palm through multiple linear regression analysis. Two experiments were conducted at the oil palm plantation of Agricultural and Technology College, Krabi province. Six-year-old Tenera hybrid palms were used for the experiments. These palms were planted in Tha-sae soil series (Typic Paleudults; Fine loamy mixedwith spacing of 9x9x9 m. In the first experiment, 151 Tenera palms were selected and marked randomly throughout an area of plantation about 16 ha. For each selected palm, FFB yield and yield component characters (FFB number and bunch weight were recorded at every harvesting time for four consecutive years (June 1993 to May 1997. The results showed that the FFB number and bunch weight could be used to predict the FFB oil palm yield. In the second experiment, nine plots of Tenera hybrid palms were arranged. The plot size was 0.48 ha and had twenty palms per plot for data collection for three consecutive years (January 1994 to December 1996. These data included leaf nutrient (N, P, K, Mg and B contents in the 17th frond, the fresh fruit bunch (FFB yield and the amount of rainfall. The results showed that N, P, K, Mg and B contents in the leaves, the amount of rainfall and FFB yield in the previous year, together with the N, P, K, Mg and B contents in the leaves (in the predicting year could be used to predict the FFB oil palm yield.

  4. Antifungal Edible Coatings for Fresh Citrus Fruit: A Review

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    Lluís Palou

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available According to their origin, major postharvest losses of citrus fruit are caused by weight loss, fungal diseases, physiological disorders, and quarantine pests. Cold storage and postharvest treatments with conventional chemical fungicides, synthetic waxes, or combinations of them are commonly used to minimize postharvest losses. However, the repeated application of these treatments has led to important problems such as health and environmental issues associated with fungicide residues or waxes containing ammoniacal compounds, or the proliferation of resistant pathogenic fungal strains. There is, therefore, an increasing need to find non-polluting alternatives to be used as part of integrated disease management (IDM programs for preservation of fresh citrus fruit. Among them, the development of novel natural edible films and coatings with antimicrobial properties is a technological challenge for the industry and a very active research field worldwide. Chitosan and other edible coatings formulated by adding antifungal agents to composite emulsions based on polysaccharides or proteins and lipids are reviewed in this article. The most important antifungal ingredients are selected for their ability to control major citrus postharvest diseases like green and blue molds, caused by Penicillium digitatum and Penicillium italicum, respectively, and include low-toxicity or natural chemicals such as food additives, generally recognized as safe (GRAS compounds, plant extracts, or essential oils, and biological control agents such as some antagonistic strains of yeasts or bacteria.

  5. Dietitians' attitudes, perceptions, and usage patterns for fresh-cut fruit and vegetables.

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    Sanford, Katherine A; Johnston, Elizabeth M; Porter, Jennifer L; Lowe, Judith; Oxby, Debra M

    2008-01-01

    New fresh-cut fruit and vegetable products are being developed worldwide. Nutrition educators' perceptions of these products were studied. Professional dietitians in Nova Scotia were asked to complete a questionnaire on their use of fresh-cut produce. The questionnaire also elicited their attitudes and perceptions about the convenience, taste/quality, nutrition/health benefits, cost, and safety of fresh-cut fruit and vegetables. Sixty-three percent of respondents reported eating five to six servings of fruit and vegetables a day. This group most frequently consumed fresh-cut fruit as snacks or dessert, and vegetables in stir-fry dishes or salads or cooked with meals. In general, fresh-cut fruit and vegetables were perceived as convenient, safe, and nutritious. While approximately 50% of participants felt fresh-cut produce did not differ in taste from whole fresh produce, almost the same number considered whole fresh produce superior in taste. Dietitians have a generally positive perception of fresh-cut products; however, there is uncertainty about the nutritional value, cost/benefit, and use of the products. Dietitians require more information on the nutrient value of these products and on suggested alternative uses. Attention should be paid to developing fresh-cut products that have good sensory quality.

  6. Growth Potential of Listeria Monocytogenes and Staphylococcus Aureus on Fresh-Cut Tropical Fruits.

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    Feng, Ke; Hu, Wenzhong; Jiang, Aili; Xu, Yongping; Sarengaowa; Li, Xiaobo; Bai, Xue

    2015-11-01

    The objective of this study was to evaluate the fate of Staphylococcus aureus, Listeria monocytogenes, and natural microbiota on fresh-cut tropical fruits (pitaya, mango, papaya and pineapple) with commercial PVC film at different storage temperature (5, 13, and 25 °C). The results showed that S. aureus, L. monocytogenes, and natural microbiota increased significantly on fresh-cut tropical fruits at 25 °C. Both pathogen and natural microbiota were able to grow on fresh-cut tropical fruits at 13 °C. The maximum population of L. monocytogenes was higher than that of S. aureus on fresh-cut tropical fruits. L. monocytogenes and S. aureus could survive without growth on fresh-cut pitaya, mango, and papaya at 5 °C. The population of L. monocytogenes declined significantly on fresh-cut pineapple at all temperature, indicating composition of fresh-cut pineapple could inhibit growth of L. monocytogenes. However, S. aureus was still able to grow on fresh-cut pineapple at storage temperature. Thus, this study suggests that 4 kinds of fresh-cut tropical fruits (pitaya, mango, papaya, and pineapple) should be stored at low temperature to extend shelf life as well as to ensure the safety of fresh-cut fruits. The data collected in this study demonstrated that L. monocytogenes and S. aureus were able to grow on fresh-cut tropical fruits at different temperatures. These results could be of interest in knowing the capacity of tropical fruits to support the growth of L. monocytogenes and S. aureus. This information may also be useful to local and state regulatory officials responsible for food safety.

  7. QUALITY SYSTEMS IN THE FRESH FRUIT EXPORT INDUSTRY

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    R. Netterville

    2012-01-01

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    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The fresh fruit export industry has traditionally relied heavily on end point inspection to achieve quality. In response to several changes in international markets and concerns over the inability of end point inspection to ensure product safety and quality, many codes of practice and quality standard have been developed specifically for the food industry. This article reviews the principles and practicalities of implementation of the standards which have achieved international recognition. Producers and packers face technical challenges integrating these systems into a holistic management system while this may also present a significant entry barrier for smaller producers who lack the resources and expertise.

    AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: Die varsvrugteuitvoerbedryf maak tradisioneel gebruik van eindpuntinspeksie vir die handhawing van gehalte. Twyfel oor die doeltreffendheid van hierdie vorm van inspeksie ten opsigte van veiligheid en gehalte in die konteks van internasionale markte het tot gevolg gehad dat verskeie gebruikskodes vir die voedselbedryf tot stand gekom het. Die beginsels en praktiese implementering van hierdie standaarde wat internasionale erkenning geniet, word hierin behandel. Produsente en verpakkers ondervind tegniese uitdagings oor hoe die standaarde in ’n holistiese bestuurstelsel geïntegreer kan word, gesien die problematiek van marktoetrede vir klein produsente sonder kundigheid en voldoende bronne.

  8. Effect of Fresh Fruit Availability at Worksites on the Fruit and Vegetable Consumption of Low-Wage Employees

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    Backman, Desiree; Gonzaga, Gian; Sugerman, Sharon; Francis, Dona; Cook, Sara

    2011-01-01

    Objective: To examine the impact of fresh fruit availability at worksites on the fruit and vegetable consumption and related psychosocial determinants of low-wage employees. Design: A prospective, randomized block experimental design. Setting: Seven apparel manufacturing and 2 food processing worksites. Participants: A convenience sample of 391…

  9. Effectiveness of a bacteriophage in reducing Listeria monocytogenes on fresh-cut fruits and fruit juices.

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    Oliveira, M; Viñas, I; Colàs, P; Anguera, M; Usall, J; Abadias, M

    2014-04-01

    Listeria monocytogenes is a serious foodborne pathogen and new strategies to control it in food are needed. Among them, bacteriophages hold attributes that appear to be attractive. The objective of this study was to investigate the efficacy of the bacteriophage Listex P100 to control L. monocytogenes growth on melon, pear and apple products (juices and slices) stored at 10 °C. L. monocytogenes grew well in untreated fruit slices. In juices, the pathogen grew in untreated melon, survived in untreated pear and decreased in untreated apple. Phage treatment was more effective on melon followed by pear, but no effect on apple products was observed. Reductions of about 1.50 and 1.00 log cfu plug(-1) for melon and pear slices were found, respectively. In juices, higher reductions were obtained in melon (8.00 log cfu mL(-1)) followed by pear (2.10 log cfu mL(-1)) after 8 days of storage. L. monocytogenes in apple juice was unaffected by phage treatment in which the phage decreased to almost undetectable numbers. These results highlight that Listex P100 could avoid pathogen growth on fresh-cut and in fruit juices with high pH during storage at 10 °C. The combination with other technologies may be required to improve the phage application on high acidity fruits. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Quality changes and nutrient retention in fresh-cut versus whole fruits during storage.

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    Gil, María I; Aguayo, Encarna; Kader, Adel A

    2006-06-14

    The influences of processing and storage on the quality indices and nutritional content of fresh-cut fruits were evaluated in comparison to whole fruits stored for the same duration but prepared on the day of sampling. Fresh-cut pineapples, mangoes, cantaloupes, watermelons, strawberries, and kiwifruits and whole fruits were stored for up to 9 days in air at 5 degrees C. The postcutting life based on visual appearance was shorter than 6 days for fresh-cut kiwifruit and shorter than 9 days for fresh-cut pineapple, cantaloupe, and strawberry. On the other hand, fresh-cut watermelon and mango pieces were still marketable after 9 days at 5 degrees C. Losses in vitamin C after 6 days at 5 degrees C were fresh-cut fruit products tested after 6 days at 5 degrees C. Light exposure promoted browning in pineapple pieces and decreased vitamin C content in kiwifruit slices. Total carotenoids contents decreased in cantaloupe cubes and kiwifruit slices, but increased in mango and watermelon cubes in response to light exposure during storage at 5 degrees C for up to 9 days. There was no effect of exposure to light on the content of phenolics. In general, fresh-cut fruits visually spoil before any significant nutrient loss occurs.

  11. Potential Application of Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid and Oxalic Acid for Browning Inhibition in Fresh-Cut Fruits and Vegetables

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    Weerayuth SUTTIRAK; Supranee MANURAKCHINAKORN

    2010-01-01

    The market for fresh-cut fruits and vegetables has grown rapidly in recent decades as a result of their freshness, convenience, and human health benefits. However, fresh fruits and vegetables deteriorate very rapidly after processing, especially cut-surface browning resulting from wound-induced physiological and biochemical changes. The application of antibrowning agents is one of the most effective methods for controlling the enzymatic browning reaction in fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. Th...

  12. Determining the availability of, and access to, fresh fruit and vegetables in Arcadia and Eastwood, Pretoria

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    Phaphana, HM

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Research shows that food choices are affected by the food environment. Similarly, the presence of fruit and vegetables in the home results in greater fruit and vegetable consumption by children. A food desert is an area without ready access to fresh...

  13. Impact of mixtures of different fresh-cut fruits on respiration and ethylene production rates.

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    Mahajan, Pramod V; Luca, Alexandru; Edelenbos, Merete

    2014-07-01

    Packaging and storage of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables are a challenging task, since fresh produce continue to respire and senesce after harvest and processing accelerates the physiological processes. The response on respiration and ethylene production rates of fresh produce to changes in O2 and CO2 concentrations and temperature has been extensively studied for whole fruits but literature is limited on processed and mixed fresh-cut fruits. This study aimed to investigate the effects of mixing various proportions of fresh-cut fruits (melon chunks, apple slices, and pineapples cubes) on respiration and ethylene production rates and to develop predictive models for modified atmosphere packaging. The experiment was designed according to a simplex lattice method and respiration and ethylene production rates were measured at 10 °C. Results showed that single component pineapple cubes, apple slices, and melon chunks, in this order, had significant constant coefficients (P = 0.05) and the greatest impact on respiration rate while the interactive binary and tertiary coefficients were insignificant. For ethylene production rates, single component apple slices, melon chunks, and pineapple cubes, and their 3-component mixtures, in this order, had significant constant coefficients (P = 0.05) while binary coefficients were insignificant. Mathematical models were developed and validated; the cubical model was the best to describe the influence of proportion of fruit on respiration and ethylene production rates, however, considering simplicity the linear part of the model is recommended to quantify respiration and ethylene production rates of mixed fresh-cut fruits. This research helps to quantify the ethylene production and respiration rates of multicomponent mixed fresh-cut fruit, which then can be used for packaging design of fresh-cut produce. © 2014 Institute of Food Technologists®

  14. Microbial safety and overall quality of cantaloupe fresh-cut pieces prepared from whole fruit after wet steam treatment.

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    Ukuku, Dike O; Geveke, David J; Chau, Lee; Niemira, Brendan A

    2016-08-16

    Fresh-cut cantaloupes have been associated with outbreaks of Salmonellosis. Minimally processed fresh-cut fruits have a limited shelf life because of deterioration caused by spoilage microflora and physiological processes. The objectives of this study were to use a wet steam process to 1) reduce indigenous spoilage microflora and inoculated populations of Salmonella, Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Listeria monocytogenes on the surface of cantaloupes, and 2) reduce the populations counts in cantaloupe fresh-cut pieces after rind removal and cutting. The average inocula of Salmonella, E. coli O157:H7 and Listeria monocytogenes was 10(7)CFU/ml and the populations recovered on the cantaloupe rind surfaces after inoculation averaged 4.5, 4.8 and 4.1logCFU/cm(2), respectively. Whole cantaloupes were treated with a wet steam processing unit for 180s, and the treated melons were stored at 5°C for 29days. Bacterial populations in fresh-cut pieces prepared from treated and control samples stored at 5 and 10°C for up to 12days were determined and changes in color (CIE L*, a*, and b*) due to treatments were measured during storage. Presence and growth of aerobic mesophilic bacteria and Salmonella, E. coli O157:H7 and L. monocytogenes were determined in fresh-cut cantaloupe samples. There were no visual signs of physical damage on all treated cantaloupe surfaces immediately after treatments and during storage. All fresh-cut pieces from treated cantaloupes rind surfaces were negative for bacterial pathogens even after an enrichment process. Steam treatment significantly (psteam treatment of cantaloupes rind surfaces designated for fresh-cut preparation will enhance the microbial safety of fresh-cut pieces, by reducing total bacterial populations. This process holds the potential to significantly reduce the incidence of foodborne illness associated with fresh-cut fruits.

  15. Contribution of fruit research in the developments in Dutch fresh fruit chain

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    Groot, M.J.; Peppelman, G.

    2004-01-01

    Due to the poor financial results of the fruit industry in the last decade, the changing trade structures and more consumer-driven fruit chains, Dutch fruit growers change their market behaviour. In these circumstances, the fruit industry itself and the applied fruit research are also changing.

  16. Economic Analysis of Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Export Marketing ...

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    ... market enterprises. This supports the formation of FFV farmers and traders association and the provision of soft ... Key words: Fruit and Vegetable, Export Market channels, Small-Scale Farmers ..... through Belgium and Tanzania Technical.

  17. Water stress and crop load effects on fruit fresh and dry weights in peach (Prunus persica).

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    Berman, M E; DeJong, T M

    1996-10-01

    Effects of water stress on fruit fresh and dry weights were investigated in peach trees, Prunus persica (L.) Batsch., with varying crop loads: light, moderate and heavy. In well-watered controls, tree water status was independent of crop load. In trees receiving reduced irrigation, the degree of water stress increased with increasing crop load. Water stress induced fruit fresh weight reductions at all crop loads. Fruit dry weight was not reduced by water stress in trees having light to moderate crop loads, indicating that the degree of water stress imposed did not affect the dry weight sink strength of fruit. Water-stressed trees with heavy crop loads had significantly reduced fruit dry weights, which were likely due to carbohydrate source limitations resulting from large crop carbon demands and water stress limitations on photosynthesis.

  18. Identification of specific microorganisms in fresh squeezed street vended fruit juices

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    K Sahithi Reddy

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: In developing country like India, street foods such as salads and fresh cut fruits are widely consumed. Among all street foods, fruit juices are common beverages, consumed more because of higher consumer preference both in terms of taste and health. Moreover, there is a dearth of Indian studies on contamination of street vended fruit juices. Aim: To determine the pH and specific microorganisms in freshly squeezed street vended fruit juices. Materials and Methods: Four fruit juices i.e., Grapes, Sweet Lime, Pineapple and Sapota were chosen for the study. Juices were collected in summer season in months between April and June 2013. Ten samples of 50 ml each fruit juice was collected in sterile bottles from various street vendors of Dilshuknagar area of Hyderabad city. Transportation of samples to Food Toxicology laboratory, National Institute of Nutrition was done in the ice box and processing was done within 2–4 h. Results: All juices showed bacterial contamination except one sample of grape juice. Pineapple juice samples showed the high bacterial contamination with all samples positive for fecal coliforms and Shigella spp. (100%. Salmonella spp. was detected only in one sample of Sapota juice (10%. Significant difference among fruit juices for prevalence of microorganisms was seen only for Escherichia coli (P = 0.03 with least count in Grape juice (20%. Conclusion: Freshly squeezed street vended fruit juices were contaminated with pathogenic bacteria, which significantly attributed to public health problem.

  19. Color, flavor, texture, and nutritional quality of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables: desirable levels, instrumental and sensory measurement, and the effects of processing.

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    Barrett, Diane M; Beaulieu, John C; Shewfelt, Rob

    2010-05-01

    The color, flavor, texture, and the nutritional value of fresh-cut fruit and vegetable products are factors critical to consumer acceptance and the success of these products. In this chapter, desirable and undesirable quality attributes of fresh-cut fruit and vegetable products are reviewed. Both instrumental and sensory measurements for determining these critical quality attributes are discussed. The advantages and disadvantages of sensory and instrumental quality measurements are described. A review of typical unit operations involved in the production of fresh-cut products is presented. The effects of fresh-cut processing techniques and treatments on sensory quality, including the appearance, texture, flavor (taste and aroma) of vegetables, and fruits are detailed.

  20. REDUCTION OF BULLWHIP EFFECT ON COMMODITY SUPPLY CHAIN IN FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES WHOLESALE LOTTEMART BOGOR

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    Bimahri Qaulan Tsaqiela

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was: (1 To identify supply chain structure of fresh fruit and vegetables in LotteMart Wholesale Bogor, (2 Analyze the value of bullwhip effect in the supply chain of fresh fruit and vegetables in LotteMart Wholesale Bogor. (3 Analyze the factors that led to the bullwhip effect in the supply chain of fresh fruit and vegetables at LotteMart Wholesale Bogor, (4 Reduce the bullwhip effect in the supply chain of fresh fruit and vegetables in LotteMart Wholesale Bogor. Method that used in this research are bullwhip effect formula to analyze the value of bullwhip effect and simulation to reduce bullwhip effect with software Arena Rockwell 14.0. The results showed that fresh fruit and vegetables in LotteMart Wholesale Bogor experienced bullwhip effect and also different scenario of time between arivals distribution able to reduce bullwhip effect value in supply chain.Keywords: supply chain, bullwhip effect, arena  simulation, LotteMart

  1. CALCULATION AND COMPARISON OF NUTRIENT DENSITY/QUALITY SCORES FOR COMMONLY CONSUMED FRESH FRUIT

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    Gail RAMPERSAUD

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A number of methods have been developed to quantitatively describe the nutrient density/quality (ND/Q of foods and beverages. Seventeen commonly consumed fresh fruits were evaluated using six published ND/Q methods. Nutrient data for each fruit were obtained from the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 23. Numerical scores were produced and ranked for each fruit and method. The resulting ND/Q scores varied in range and magnitude but there was good to strong correlation among methods. The relative scores indicated that cantaloupe, strawberries, oranges, and grapefruit generally had the highest ND/Q scores across all methods. Further analysis indicated that vitamins C and A, nutrients common to all six methods, affected ND/Q scores substantially for some but not all fruits, suggesting that high values for specific nutrients may influence relative scoring and higher scores may not necessarily reflect a greater variety or balance of nutrients. Fresh fruits vary in their ND/Q as defined by several quantitative scoring systems. In this analysis, consistent results in how the fruits were ranked were obtained when using six different methods to quantify ND/Q for select fresh fruit.

  2. Examination of bacteriophage as a biocontrol method for salmonella on fresh-cut fruit: a model study.

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    Leverentz, B; Conway, W S; Alavidze, Z; Janisiewicz, W J; Fuchs, Y; Camp, M J; Chighladze, E; Sulakvelidze, A

    2001-08-01

    The preparation and distribution of fresh-cut produce is a rapidly developing industry that provides the consumer with convenient and nutritious food. However, fresh-cut fruits and vegetables may represent an increased food safety concern because of the absence or damage of peel and rind, which normally help reduce colonization of uncut produce with pathogenic bacteria. In this study, we found that Salmonella Enteritidis populations can (i) survive on fresh-cut melons and apples stored at 5 degrees C, (ii) increase up to 2 log units on fresh-cut fruits stored at 10 degrees C, and (iii) increase up to 5 log units at 20 degrees C during a storage period of 168 h. In addition, we examined the effect of lytic, Salmonella-specific phages on reducing Salmonella numbers in experimentally contaminated fresh-cut melons and apples stored at various temperatures. We found that the phage mixture reduced Salmonella populations by approximately 3.5 logs on honeydew melon slices stored at 5 and 10 degrees C and by approximately 2.5 logs on slices stored at 20 degrees C, which is greater than the maximal amount achieved using chemical sanitizers. However, the phages did not significantly reduce Salmonella populations on the apple slices at any of the three temperatures. The titer of the phage preparation remained relatively stable on melon slices, whereas on apple slices the titer decreased to nondetectable levels in 48 h at all temperatures tested. Inactivation of phages, possibly by the acidic pH of apple slices (pH 4.2 versus pH 5.8 for melon slices), may have contributed to their inability to reduce Salmonella contamination in the apple slices. Higher phage concentrations and/or the use of low-pH-tolerant phage mutants may be required to increase the efficacy of the phage treatment in reducing Salmonella contamination of fresh-cut produce with a low pH.

  3. Hiding in Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: Opportunistic Pathogens May Cross Geographical Barriers

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    Zahra S. Al-Kharousi

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Different microbial groups of the microbiome of fresh produce can have diverse effects on human health. This study was aimed at identifying some microbial communities of fresh produce by analyzing 105 samples of imported fresh fruits and vegetables originated from different countries in the world including local samples (Oman for aerobic plate count and the counts of Enterobacteriaceae, Enterococcus, and Staphylococcus aureus. The isolated bacteria were identified by molecular (PCR and biochemical methods (VITEK 2. Enterobacteriaceae occurred in 60% of fruits and 91% of vegetables. Enterococcus was isolated from 20% of fruits and 42% of vegetables. E. coli and S. aureus were isolated from 22% and 7% of vegetables, respectively. Ninety-seven bacteria comprising 21 species were similarly identified by VITEK 2 and PCR to species level. E. coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Enterococcus casseliflavus, and Enterobacter cloacae were the most abundant species; many are known as opportunistic pathogens which may raise concern to improve the microbial quality of fresh produce. Phylogenetic trees showed no relationship between clustering of the isolates based on the 16S rRNA gene and the original countries of fresh produce. Intercountry passage of opportunistic pathogens in fresh produce cannot be ruled out, which requires better management.

  4. Potential Application of Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid and Oxalic Acid for Browning Inhibition in Fresh-Cut Fruits and Vegetables

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    Weerayuth SUTTIRAK

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The market for fresh-cut fruits and vegetables has grown rapidly in recent decades as a result of their freshness, convenience, and human health benefits. However, fresh fruits and vegetables deteriorate very rapidly after processing, especially cut-surface browning resulting from wound-induced physiological and biochemical changes. The application of antibrowning agents is one of the most effective methods for controlling the enzymatic browning reaction in fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. This article reviews the use of nature identical antibrowning agents, which are generally recognized as safe (GRAS including ascorbic acid, citric acid and oxalic acid for preventing browning in fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. Factors affecting inhibitory efficiency of the antibrowning agents and synergistic effects of the mixtures in various fresh-cut fruits and vegetables are presented.

  5. Antioxidant properties of fresh and processed Citrus aurantium fruit

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    Prakash J. Divya

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Edible components of Citrus aurantium (bitter orange fruit i.e. whole fruit, separated peel and pulp, and processed preserved products, namely salt pickle, chilli pickle, and sweet preserve were analyzed for antioxidant potential by various in vitro assays. The antioxidants components were extracted in different media and freeze dried. Methanol and aqueous media were comparatively more effective in extracting the antioxidant components. The total phenol content of the extracts ranged from 2.5 to 22.5 mg/g and 5.0 to 45.0 mg/g of pulp and peel fragments, respectively. The fruit components exhibited proton radical, oxyradical, and hydroxyl radical scavenging abilities and were effective in preventing lipid peroxidation. Regression analysis showed positive association between total phenolics and different antioxidant assays. In processed products, there was an initial decrease in antioxidant capacity, which showed an increase on storage. In conclusion, bitter orange exhibited high antioxidant capacity which was retained even in processed and stored products.

  6. Fresh fruit, vegetables, and mushrooms as transmission vehicles for Echinococcus multilocularis in Europe

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    Robertson, Lucy J.; Troell, Karin; Woolsey, Ian David

    2016-01-01

    Fresh fruit, vegetables, mushrooms, and other fresh produce are recognised as important vehicles of infection for several foodborne parasites, particularly those with a faecal-oral transmission route and robust environmental transmission stages. Nevertheless, analysis of such foods for parasite....... multilocularis eggs. In this article, we question a recent study from Poland reporting over 23 % of fresh berries, vegetables, and mushroom being highly contaminated with E. multilocularis eggs. In particular, it appears unlikely that 20 % of raspberries, which are elevated from ground level, should be exposed...

  7. Fresh fruit, vegetables, and mushrooms as transmission vehicles for Echinococcus multilocularis in Europe

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    Robertson, Lucy J.; Troell, Karin; Woolsey, Ian David;

    2016-01-01

    Fresh fruit, vegetables, mushrooms, and other fresh produce are recognised as important vehicles of infection for several foodborne parasites, particularly those with a faecal-oral transmission route and robust environmental transmission stages. Nevertheless, analysis of such foods for parasite....... multilocularis eggs. In this article, we question a recent study from Poland reporting over 23 % of fresh berries, vegetables, and mushroom being highly contaminated with E. multilocularis eggs. In particular, it appears unlikely that 20 % of raspberries, which are elevated from ground level, should be exposed...

  8. Commercial production and distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables: A scoping study on the importance of produce pathways to dose

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    Marsh, T.L.; Anderson, D.M.; Farris, W.T.; Ikenberry, T.A.; Napier, B.A.; Wilfert, G.L.

    1992-09-01

    This letter report summarizes a scoping study that examined the potential importance of fresh fruit and vegetable pathways to dose. A simple production index was constructed with data collected from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), the United States Bureau of the Census, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Hanford Environmental Dose Reconstruction (HEDR) Project staff from Battelle, Pacific Northwest Laboratories, in cooperation with members of the Technical Steering Panel (TSP), selected lettuce and spinach as the produce pathways most likely to impact dose. County agricultural reports published in 1956 provided historical descriptions of the predominant distribution patterns of fresh lettuce and spinach from production regions to local population centers. Pathway rankings and screening dose estimates were calculated for specific populations living in selected locations within the HEDR study area.

  9. Commercial production and distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables: A scoping study on the importance of produce pathways to dose

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    Marsh, T.L.; Anderson, D.M.; Farris, W.T.; Ikenberry, T.A.; Napier, B.A.; Wilfert, G.L.

    1992-09-01

    This letter report summarizes a scoping study that examined the potential importance of fresh fruit and vegetable pathways to dose. A simple production index was constructed with data collected from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), the United States Bureau of the Census, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Hanford Environmental Dose Reconstruction (HEDR) Project staff from Battelle, Pacific Northwest Laboratories, in cooperation with members of the Technical Steering Panel (TSP), selected lettuce and spinach as the produce pathways most likely to impact dose. County agricultural reports published in 1956 provided historical descriptions of the predominant distribution patterns of fresh lettuce and spinach from production regions to local population centers. Pathway rankings and screening dose estimates were calculated for specific populations living in selected locations within the HEDR study area.

  10. Effect of Soft Drinks and Fresh Fruit Juice on Surface Roughness of Commonly used Restorative Materials.

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    Maganur, Prabhadevi; Satish, V; Prabhakar, A R; Namineni, Srinivas

    2015-01-01

    In this in vitro study, the effects of a Cola drink, and fresh fruit juice (citrus) on the surface roughness on flowable composite and resin-modified glass ionomer cement (RMGIC) each was evaluated and compared. Using a brass mold 70 pellets each of flowable composite (Filtek™ Flow) and RMGIC tricure restorative material were prepared according to the manufacturer's instructions. Two groups (groups I and II) were formed containing 30 pellets of each material. Remaining 10 pellets of each restorative material did form the control group [water (group III)]. Experimental group pellets were again divided into three subgroups (mild, moderate and severe) containing 10 pellets each and were kept in plastic containers with 30 ml Cola drink (group I) and fresh fruit juice (group II) respectively. Immersion regime was followed according to M aupome G et al. Baseline and final surface roughness (Ra) value for each pellet was evaluated using a profilometer. Statistical analysis was done with Wilcoxon's signed rank test and analysis of variance (ANOVA) followed by Mann-Whitney test. Results showed that the erosive effect of both Cola drink and fresh fruit juice caused significant surface roughness on both flowable composite and RMGIC restorative materials in the mild, moderate and severe immersion regimes. How to cite this article: Maganur P, Satish V, Prabhakar AR, Namineni S. Effect of Soft Drinks and Fresh Fruit Juice on Surface Roughness of Commonly used Restorative Materials. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2015;8(1):1-5.

  11. Process Evaluation of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Implementation in a New Jersey Elementary School

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    Bai, Yeon; Feldman, Charles; Wunderlich, Shahla M.; Aletras, Stefanie C.

    2011-01-01

    Purpose/Objectives: The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides funding to elementary schools for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) to encourage healthy eating. The purpose of this study was to examine factors facilitating or challenging the program's successful implementation in one New Jersey school. Methods: Researchers conducted an…

  12. Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Purchases in an Urban Supermarket by Low-Income Households

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    Phipps, Etienne J.; Stites, Shana D.; Wallace, Samantha L.; Braitman, Leonard E.

    2013-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the predictors of fresh fruit and vegetable purchases in a low-income population and identify subgroups in which interventions to increase such purchases might prove useful. Methods: Retrospective analysis of 209 shopping transactions from 30 households. Individual and household characteristics obtained from primary…

  13. Alginate- and gellan-based edible films for probiotic coatings on fresh-cut fruits.

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    Tapia, M S; Rojas-Graü, M A; Rodríguez, F J; Ramírez, J; Carmona, A; Martin-Belloso, O

    2007-05-01

    Alginate- (2% w/v) or gellan-based (0.5%) edible films, containing glycerol (0.6% to 2.0%), N-acetylcysteine (1%), and/or ascorbic acid (1%) and citric acid (1%), were formulated and used to coat fresh-cut apple and papaya cylinders. Water vapor permeability (WVP) was significantly higher (P fresh-cut fruits. Fresh-cut apple and papaya cylinders were successfully coated with 2% (w/v) alginate or gellan film-forming solutions containing viable bifidobacteria. WVP in alginate (6.31 and 5.52 x 10(-9) g m/Pa s m2) or gellan (3.65 and 4.89 x 10(-9) g m/Pa s m2) probiotic coatings of papaya and apple, respectively, were higher than in the corresponding cast films. The gellan coatings and films exhibited better water vapor properties in comparison with the alginate coatings. Values > 10(6) CFU/g B. lactis Bb-12 were maintained for 10 d during refrigerated storage of fresh-cut fruits, demonstrating the feasibility of alginate- and gellan-based edible coatings to carry and support viable probiotics on fresh-cut fruit.

  14. USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Creates Positive Change in Children's Consumption and Other Behaviors Related to Eating Fruit and Vegetables

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    Bica, Lori A.; Jamelske, Eric M.

    2012-01-01

    Purpose/Objectives: The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of the 2009-2010 USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) on fruit intake and other behaviors related to fruit and vegetable consumption among Wisconsin fourth- and fifth-grade students. Methods: Participants were fourth- and fifth-grade from one FFVP school (n = 51)…

  15. Antioxidant enrichment and antimicrobial protection of fresh-cut fruits using their own byproducts: looking for integral exploitation.

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    Ayala-Zavala, J F; Rosas-Domínguez, C; Vega-Vega, V; González-Aguilar, G A

    2010-10-01

    Fresh-cut fruit consumption is increasing due to the rising public demand for convenience and awareness of fresh-cut fruit's health benefits. The entire tissue of fruits and vegetables is rich in bioactive compounds, such as phenolic compounds, carotenoids, and vitamins. The fresh-cut fruit industry deals with the perishable character of its products and the large percentage of byproducts, such as peels, seeds, and unused flesh that are generated by different steps of the industrial process. In most cases, the wasted byproducts can present similar or even higher contents of antioxidant and antimicrobial compounds than the final produce can. In this context, this hypothesis article finds that the antioxidant enrichment and antimicrobial protection of fresh-cut fruits, provided by the fruit's own byproducts, could be possible.

  16. Composition and antioxidant properties of fresh and frozen stored blackthorn fruits (Prunus spinosa L.

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    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available   Aim. Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa L. is quite widespread bush occurring in Poland. Its fruits are easily available food products. The aim of this study was to investigate the basal chemical composition, especially antioxidant compounds in fresh and frozen stored blackthorn fruits. Material  and methods. Research material consisted of blackthorn fruits collected from the wild grown bushes, near Łącko. In the wash-out, dried and stone-loss fruits, the content of dry matter, protein, simple sugars, dietary fibre and ash was determined. The amount of antioxidant compounds was also tested: β-carotene, vitamin C, polyphenols,in this anthocyannins,as well as  antioxidantactivity expressed as an ability to quench free radical ABTS. Analyses were repeated in fruits stored in frozen state for three months. Results.  On the basis of the obtained results, it was observed that concerning basal chemical composition, the blackthorn fruits do not single out among other fruits from Rosaceae family. It was also reported that blackthorn fruits are rich in polyphenolic  compounds, as well as in vitamin C, and those compounds, most probably contribute to their high antioxidant activity, being at the level of 43.6 μmol Trolox/g f.m. Storage in the freezing state reduced the contents of water, fat, dietary fiber and ash, but did not have significant impact on the other compounds. Conclusions. Blackthorn fruits may constitute valuable source for preparations (tincture, wines, and teas, as well as an additive to other fruit processing, as a product of great pro-healthy properties. Freezing process and storage in that state did not significantlyinfluence on nutritive and antioxidant compounds of blackthorn fruits. It may be therefore observed that several months of frozen storage is a good way to make them avail- able for fruit processing and for the consumers, also the off-season.  

  17. The Quality of Fresh Tomato Fruit Produced by Hydroponic

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    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available The quality of fresh tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill. planted in rockwool in hydroponic system is defined by their internal parameters: contents of dry matter and soluble dry matter (°Bx, total acidity (% citric acid, pH, % NaCl and L-ascorbic acid. Research was carried out during 2003 and included 21 cultivars. Tomato plants were planted into rockwool slabs 100 cm x 15 cm x 7.5 cm. Three plants were planted 33 cm apart in 11.25 L of substrate. The trial was laid out according to the randomized complete block design with four replications, and sampling was carried out during three harvests in: June, July and August. The dry matter content was 4.29% (cultivar ΄Syta΄ to 6.21% (cultivar ΄Delfine΄, and content of soluble dry matter was 3.0% (cultivar ΄Brooklyn΄ to 4.5% (΄Lustro΄ and ΄72-503΄. Total acidity amounted from 0.19% (cultivar ΄Syta΄ to 0.45% (cultivar ΄Lustro΄, and pH values ranged from 4.20 (cultivar ΄20377΄ to 4.68 (cultivar ΄Syta΄. Salt content ranged from 0.08% (΄Campeon΄ and ΄F 18402΄ to 0.13% (΄Brooklyn΄ and ΄E 27.31299΄, and L-ascorbic acid content ranged from 260.40 (cultivar ΄Antinea΄ to 458.30 mg/dry matter (cultivar ΄F 18402΄. By studying the basic chemical composition of selected cultivars, significant differences in their soluble dry matter and pH were revealed but only at the first sampling.

  18. Ionizing radiation treatment to improve postharvest life and maintain quality of fresh guava fruit

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    Singh, S. P.; Pal, R. K.

    2009-02-01

    We investigated the potential of ionizing radiation for improving physiological responses, quality, and storage time of fresh guava fruit. Ionizing radiation treatment suppressed the respiration and ethylene production rates and thus retarded the process of fruit ripening during storage. Irradiation treatment also retarded the physical and biochemical changes associated with ripening such as firmness, titratable acidity, soluble solids content, and vitamin C during storage, but for doses higher than 0.25 kGy the vitamin C content decreased. The positive effects of ionizing radiation treatment on delayed fruit ripening and other quality attributes diminished during 22 days of storage at 10 °C. Thus, a combination of ionizing radiation with low-temperature storage (10 °C) did not have much synergistic effect on storage life and quality of guava fruit. In conclusion, ionizing radiation treatment of guava fruit with 0.25 kGy dose increased the postharvest life by 3-4 days, maintained fruit quality, and reduced the decay incidence. The optimal dose (0.25 kGy) for postharvest life extension of guava fruit may be exploited to provide phytosanitary security against many insect pests including fruit flies.

  19. Ionizing radiation treatment to improve postharvest life and maintain quality of fresh guava fruit

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    Singh, S.P. [Handling and Storage Laboratory, Division of Postharvest Technology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), Pusa, New Delhi 110 012 (India)], E-mail: sukhvinder.singh@curtin.edu.au; Pal, R.K. [Handling and Storage Laboratory, Division of Postharvest Technology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), Pusa, New Delhi 110 012 (India)

    2009-02-15

    We investigated the potential of ionizing radiation for improving physiological responses, quality, and storage time of fresh guava fruit. Ionizing radiation treatment suppressed the respiration and ethylene production rates and thus retarded the process of fruit ripening during storage. Irradiation treatment also retarded the physical and biochemical changes associated with ripening such as firmness, titratable acidity, soluble solids content, and vitamin C during storage, but for doses higher than 0.25 kGy the vitamin C content decreased. The positive effects of ionizing radiation treatment on delayed fruit ripening and other quality attributes diminished during 22 days of storage at 10 deg. C. Thus, a combination of ionizing radiation with low-temperature storage (10 deg. C) did not have much synergistic effect on storage life and quality of guava fruit. In conclusion, ionizing radiation treatment of guava fruit with 0.25 kGy dose increased the postharvest life by 3-4 days, maintained fruit quality, and reduced the decay incidence. The optimal dose (0.25 kGy) for postharvest life extension of guava fruit may be exploited to provide phytosanitary security against many insect pests including fruit flies.

  20. 78 FR 63373 - Cold Treatment for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables; MidAmerica St. Louis Airport, Mascoutah, IL

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    ...\\ for fruits, vegetables, and other articles to prevent the introduction or dissemination of plant pests... pests associated with imported fruits and vegetables and with regulated articles moved interstate from... Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 7 CFR Part 305 Cold Treatment for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables...

  1. Antimicrobial edible films and coatings for fresh and minimally processed fruits and vegetables: a review.

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    Valencia-Chamorro, Silvia A; Palou, Lluís; Del Río, Miguel A; Pérez-Gago, María B

    2011-01-01

    The use of edible films and coatings is an environmentally friendly technology that offers substantial advantages for shelf-life increase of many food products including fruits and vegetables. The development of new natural edible films and coatings with the addition of antimicrobial compounds to preserve fresh and minimally processed fruits and vegetables is a technological challenge for the industry and a very active research field worldwide. Antimicrobial agents have been successfully added to edible composite films and coatings based on polysaccharides or proteins such as starch, cellulose derivatives, chitosan, alginate, fruit puree, whey protein isolated, soy protein, egg albumen, wheat gluten, or sodium caseinate. This paper reviews the development of edible films and coatings with antimicrobial activity, typically through the incorporation of antimicrobial food additives as ingredients, the effect of these edible films on the control of target microorganisms, the influence of antimicrobial agents on mechanical and barrier properties of stand-alone edible films, and the effect of the application of antimicrobial edible coatings on the quality of fresh and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables.

  2. Preparation and applicability of fresh fruit samples for the identification of radiation treatment by EPR

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    Yordanov, Nicola D. [Laboratory EPR, Institute of Catalysis, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1113 Sofia (Bulgaria)], E-mail: ndyepr@bas.bg; Aleksieva, Katerina [Laboratory EPR, Institute of Catalysis, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1113 Sofia (Bulgaria)

    2009-03-15

    The results of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) study on fresh fruits (whole pulp of pears, apples, peaches, apricots, avocado, kiwi and mango) before and after gamma-irradiation are reported using two drying procedures before EPR investigation. In order to remove water from non-irradiated and irradiated samples of the first batch, the pulp of fresh fruits is pressed, and the solid residue is washed with alcohol and dried at room temperature. The fruits of the second batch are pressed and dried in a standard laboratory oven at 40 deg. C. The results obtained with both drying procedures are compared. All samples under study show a singlet EPR line with g=2.0048{+-}0.0005 before irradiation. Irradiation gives rise to typical 'cellulose-like' EPR spectrum featuring one intensive line with g=2.0048{+-}0.0005 and two very weak satellite lines situated 3 mT at left and right of the central line. Only mango samples show a singlet line after irradiation. The fading kinetics of radiation-induced EPR signal is studied for a period of 50 days after irradiation. When the irradiated fruit samples are stored in their natural state and dried just before each EPR measurement, the satellite lines are measurable for less than 17 days of storage. Irradiated fruit samples, when stored dried, lose for 50 days ca. 40% of their radiation-induced radicals if treated with alcohol or ca. 70% if dried in an oven. The reported results unambiguously show that the presence of the satellite lines in the EPR spectra could be used for identification of radiation processing of fresh fruits, thus extending the validity of European Protocol EN 1787 (2000). Foodstuffs-Detection of Irradiated Food Containing Cellulose by EPR Spectroscopy. European Committee for Standardisation. Brussels for dry herbs.

  3. Preparation and applicability of fresh fruit samples for the identification of radiation treatment by EPR

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    Yordanov, Nicola D.; Aleksieva, Katerina

    2009-03-01

    The results of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) study on fresh fruits (whole pulp of pears, apples, peaches, apricots, avocado, kiwi and mango) before and after gamma-irradiation are reported using two drying procedures before EPR investigation. In order to remove water from non-irradiated and irradiated samples of the first batch, the pulp of fresh fruits is pressed, and the solid residue is washed with alcohol and dried at room temperature. The fruits of the second batch are pressed and dried in a standard laboratory oven at 40 °C. The results obtained with both drying procedures are compared. All samples under study show a singlet EPR line with g=2.0048±0.0005 before irradiation. Irradiation gives rise to typical "cellulose-like" EPR spectrum featuring one intensive line with g=2.0048±0.0005 and two very weak satellite lines situated 3 mT at left and right of the central line. Only mango samples show a singlet line after irradiation. The fading kinetics of radiation-induced EPR signal is studied for a period of 50 days after irradiation. When the irradiated fruit samples are stored in their natural state and dried just before each EPR measurement, the satellite lines are measurable for less than 17 days of storage. Irradiated fruit samples, when stored dried, lose for 50 days ca. 40% of their radiation-induced radicals if treated with alcohol or ca. 70% if dried in an oven. The reported results unambiguously show that the presence of the satellite lines in the EPR spectra could be used for identification of radiation processing of fresh fruits, thus extending the validity of European Protocol EN 1787 (2000). Foodstuffs—Detection of Irradiated Food Containing Cellulose by EPR Spectroscopy. European Committee for Standardisation. Brussels for dry herbs.

  4. Chemical and sensory quality of fresh pomegranate fruits exposed to gamma radiation as quarantine treatment.

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    Shahbaz, Hafiz Muhammad; Ahn, Jae-Jun; Akram, Kashif; Kim, Hyo-Young; Park, Eun-Joo; Kwon, Joong-Ho

    2014-02-15

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture in February 2012 approved the import of fresh pomegranates subjected to irradiation as a quarantine procedure with a minimum absorbed dose of 0.4kGy against different pests. This study evaluated the application of different gamma-irradiation doses (0.4, 1, and 2kGy) in fresh pomegranate fruits and their effect on the chemical and sensory characteristics. The total soluble solids, titratable acidity, and pH values remained unaffected up to 1kGy treatment. Irradiation caused a significant decrease in the total anthocyanins and phenolic content. A strong positive correlation was observed among the antioxidant activities, total phenolics and anthocyanin contents. In general, a stronger preference was shown by sensory panelists for the juice from irradiated fruits. This study provides research-based information about the application of irradiation as a quarantine disinfestation treatment to enhance the marketing and consumer acceptance of pomegranates.

  5. FRUIT JUICES AS AN ALTERNATIVE TECHNIQUE FOR CONSERVATION OF FRESH-CUT BANANA

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Browning discoloration after cutting is detrimental for the quality of a number of fruits and vegetables, such as banana, apple, pear, potato, and some roots such as cassava, yam, and others. Browning and softening compromise banana after cut shelf-life in a few hours under cold storage. Therefore, anti-browning compounds have been applied to slices before packing. Some commonly used substances are calcium chloride, ascorbic acid, cysteine and citric acid, in immersed inchemical mixtures. Recent studies have demonstrated the possibility of preserving fresh-cut banana immersed in sweetened fruit juice for relatively longer periods, favoring commercialization. This type of conservation, although widely used in Brazil for fruit salads, consists of a more complex system in a physiological basis, requiring adjustment of the solution parameters, such as sugar concentration, pH and acidity, considering the viability and freshness of the plant tissue. In this short review, we discuss some experimental data and present a new method for preserving fresh-cut banana. Reduction of enzymatic activity, either in temporary dipping treatment or permanent immersion of banana slices is regarded as a key factor for maintaining its quality during cold storage.

  6. Consumption of fresh fruit juice: how a healthy food practice caused a national outbreak of Salmonella Panama gastroenteritis.

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    Noël, Harold; Hofhuis, Agnetha; De Jonge, Rob; Heuvelink, Annet E; De Jong, Aarieke; Heck, Max E O C; De Jager, Carolien; van Pelt, Wilfrid

    2010-04-01

    In spring 2008, 15 Salmonella Panama laboratory-confirmed cases were reported within 2 weeks, twice the average annual number of reported cases of this infrequent serotype in The Netherlands. To identify the source responsible for this national outbreak, we carried out an epidemiological, microbiological, and trace-back investigation. In total, 33 cases were reported, and a matched case-control study (23 cases/24 controls) identified consumption of fresh (unpasteurized) fruit juice purchased from a large retailer (X) as the only significant risk factor for illness (matched odds ratio: 7.4, 95% confidence interval: 1.5-37.2). Though the bacterium could not be isolated from fruit juice, the minimal pH value for growth of the causative strain of the outbreak (3.4) was compatible with survival in fruit juice from X. The outbreak strain showed acid resistance and adaptive properties that may explain how it could have caused infection through fresh orange juice. To our knowledge, this is the first documented outbreak related to fresh fruit juice consumption in western Europe since 1922. A growing number of consumers who are seeking healthy food practices are exposed to the infectious risks related to unpasteurized fresh fruit juice. Labeling regulations should be adapted to properly indicate to the consumers that unpasteurized fresh fruit juices remain vulnerable to microbial contamination. Frequent microbiological screening and strict compliance with food safety procedures should reduce the infectious hazards of fresh fruit juices.

  7. Study on E. coli and Salmonella biofilms from fresh fruits and vegetables.

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    Amrutha, Balagopal; Sundar, Kothandapani; Shetty, Prathapkumar Halady

    2017-04-01

    Foodborne outbreaks associated with fresh fruits and vegetables are on the rise worldwide. Biofilm formation is one of the important traits of pathogens making them strongly attached to substrates as well as express virulence phenotypes. Present study investigates the biofilm forming ability of E. coli and Salmonella sp. isolated from fresh fruits and vegetables. A total of 53 strains, including 35 E. coli and 18 Salmonella sp. isolated from different fruit and vegetable samples were taken into account for the study. Initial screening for biofilm formation was done using Congo Red agar plate test. Results revealed that 22.8% E. coli and 22.2% Salmonella sp. were potential biofilm formers. However, the MTP (Micro-Titre Plate) assay suggested more isolates of both E. coli and Salmonella sp. were moderate to strong biofilm producers. Agar plate diffusion assay with Agrobacterium tumefaciens NTL-4 showed the production of quorum signaling molecules (AHLs) by three isolates of E. coli and one Salmonella sp. Two E. coli isolates showed a significant amount of EPS production indicating higher biofilm forming potential. The Presence of LUX R homologue gene (sdiA) in two of the Salmonella isolates were confirmed by PCR which demonstrated their potential pathogenicity. Results of the work underline the biofilm forming and potentially virulent capacities of isolates from the surface of fruits and vegetables.

  8. A randomised controlled trial of a theory of planned behaviour to increase fruit and vegetable consumption. Fresh Facts.

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    Kothe, Emily J; Mullan, Barbara A

    2014-07-01

    Young adults are less likely than other adults to consume fruit and vegetables. Fresh Facts is a theory of planned behaviour based intervention designed to promote fruit and vegetable consumption. The present study sought to evaluate Fresh Facts using a randomised controlled trial. Australian young adults (n = 162) were allocated to the Fresh Facts intervention or to the control group in 2011. Intervention participants received automated email messages promoting fruit and vegetable consumption every 3 days over the course of the 1 month intervention. Messages targeted attitude, subjective norm, and perceived behavioural control. Theory of planned behaviour variables and fruit and vegetable intake were measured at baseline and post-intervention (Day 30). Significant increases in attitude and subjective norm relative to control were found among Fresh Facts participants. However, intention, perceived behavioural control and fruit and vegetable consumption did not change as a result of the intervention. Changes in intention reported by each participant between baseline and follow-up were not correlated with corresponding changes in fruit and vegetable consumption. Fresh Facts was not successful in increasing fruit and vegetable consumption. Current evidence does not support the use of the theory of planned behaviour in the design of interventions to increase fruit and vegetable intake in this population.

  9. Examination of Bacteriophage as a Biocontrol Method for Salmonella on Fresh-Cut Fruit: A Model Study

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    Leverentz B; Conway W.S; Alavidze Z; Janisiewicz W.J; Fuchs Y; Camp M.J; Chighladze E; Sulakvelidze A

    2001-01-01

    .... However, fresh-cut fruits and vegetables may represent an increased food safety concern because of the absence or damage of peel and rind, which normally help reduce colonization of uncut produce...

  10. Physicochemical and antioxidant composition of fresh peach palm (Bactris gasipaes Kunth fruits in Costa Rica

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    Full Text Available Summary The variability of the physicochemical composition, carotenoid and polyphenol contents and hydrophilic antioxidant capacity of fresh peach palm (Bactris gasipaes fruit was studied with a view to its exploitation as a potential source of bioactive compounds. The variability present in five batches of peach palm fruit obtained from two regions in Costa Rica: Tucurrique (T and Pérez Zeledón (PZ, was studied. Significant differences were found for fruit weight, length and width amongst the batches studied. The moisture, fat and protein contents of the Tucurrique fruit were significantly lower than those from Pérez Zeledón. No significant difference in starch content was found between any of the batches of peach palm fruit studied. In terms of antioxidant compounds, the total carotenoid content ranged between 109 and 202 µg β-carotene equivalents/g dry weight (dw, while the total polyphenol content varied from 54 to 106 mg gallic acid equivalents (GAE /100 g (dw. Both these components presented variability amongst the five batches. The antioxidant capacity was determined by the ORAC method and only the PZ 3 sample presented significant differences from the other four batches. The average hydrophilic antioxidant capacity was 37 ± 7 µmol of Trolox equivalents (TE/g (dw. Overall, the peach palm fruit showed potential to be used in the development of functional foods since the variability of the raw peach-palm fruit, determined by applying a principal component analysis, showed that some characteristics of this fruit were not affected by harvest time and showed no differences between the batches from the two areas.

  11. Determination of antioxidant properties of aromatic herbs, olives and fresh fruit using an enzymatic sensor.

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    Campanella, L; Bonanni, A; Favero, G; Tomassetti, M

    2003-04-01

    The aim was to experimentally evaluate the antioxidant capacity of different fresh aromatic herbs (field balm, marjoram, parsley, rosemary, sage, sweet basil), several varieties of olives from Central Italy ('Carboncello', 'Rosciolo', 'Olivastro', 'Coratello', 'Leccino', 'Frantoio') and several types of fresh fruit (apple, apricot, banana, cherry, fig, grape, medlar, melon, peach, pear, pineapple, plum, water melon, yellow plum) using a superoxide dismutase (SOD) biosensor developed by the present authors. Measurements were carried out by comparing the biosensor response to the concentration of superoxide radical produced in solution using a xanthine/xanthine oxidase system in the presence and absence of the antioxidant sample considered. Tests carried out on different samples of fruit and aromatic herbs showed that the homogenised samples had better antioxidant properties than the centrifuged ones (obtained by centrifuging the homogenate), which sometimes gave extremely low antioxidant capacity values. The reliability of the proposed method was checked by comparing the trend of some experimental results found using the SOD biosensor with those reported in the literature obtained using the classic (ORAC) method. The precision of this method of analysis was found to be good for samples of aromatic herbs (RSD% fruit samples (RSD%

  12. Assessing environmental performance of humidification technology used in supply of fresh fruit and vegetables

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    Fabbri, Serena; Owsianiak, Mikolaj

    scenarios considered strawberries, flat peaches, asparagus, and table grapes. The results show that the technology has the potential to reduce life cycle environmental impacts, provided that it allows reducing food loss in the post-harvest. When compared to the conventional supply chain of lettuce without......Distributions chains in Europe of most fresh fruit and vegetables follow a pattern where fruit or vegetables produced in southern European countries are typically transported to countries in the central or northern parts of Europe. The relatively complex supply and distribution chain with many...... humidification, the impact scores are reduced on average by 2.6, 6.0 and 7.4% when the total losses of the supply chain are decreased by 2, 5 and 6%, respectively (corresponding to low, medium and high efficiency of the technology). This is true for all impact categories, except resource depletion which...

  13. Carotenoids in fresh and processed tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) fruits protect cells from oxidative stress injury.

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    Del Giudice, Rita; Petruk, Ganna; Raiola, Assunta; Barone, Amalia; Monti, Daria Maria; Rigano, Maria Manuela

    2017-03-01

    Lipophilic antioxidants in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) fruits exert important functions in reducing the risk of human diseases. Here the effect of thermal processing on the antioxidant activity of lipophilic extracts from the commercial tomato hybrid 'Zebrino' was analysed. Carotenoid content and lipophilic antioxidant activity were determined and the ability of tomato extracts in rescuing cells from oxidative stress was assessed. Lipophilic antioxidant activity was completely retained after heat treatment and extracts were able to mitigate the detrimental effect induced by oxidative stress on different cell lines. Lycopene alone was able to rescue cells from oxidative stress, even if to a lower extent compared with tomato extracts. These results were probably due to the synergistic effect of tomato compounds in protecting cells from oxidative stress injury. The current study provides valuable insights into the health effect of the dietary carotenoids present in fresh and processed tomato fruits. © 2016 Society of Chemical Industry. © 2016 Society of Chemical Industry.

  14. Biodegradable packaging and edible coating for fresh-cut fruits and vegetables

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    Fernanda Galgano

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available This work focuses on biodegradable packaging and edible coatings applied to fresh-cut fruits and vegetables and their effects on the product quality. Practical applications are mainly limited to the use of biodegradable materials that, however, do not allow full control of the product moisture loss. Better results can be achieved by the combined use of biodegradable packagings with edible coatings and recent research has shown that enrichment with silver montmorillonite nanoparticles may be a promising technique. However, the actual utilization of these materials is still limited, due to the high costs of the raw materials and the limited production.

  15. Microbiological quality of fresh, minimally-processed fruit and vegetables, and sprouts from retail establishments.

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    Abadias, M; Usall, J; Anguera, M; Solsona, C; Viñas, I

    2008-03-31

    A survey of fresh and minimally-processed fruit and vegetables, and sprouts was conducted in several retail establishments in the Lleida area (Catalonia, Spain) during 2005-2006 to determine whether microbial contamination, and in particular potentially pathogenic bacteria, was present under these commodities. A total of 300 samples--including 21 ready-to-eat fruits, 28 whole fresh vegetables, 15 sprout samples and 237 ready-to-eat salads containing from one to six vegetables--were purchased from 4 supermarkets. They were tested for mesophilic and psychrotrophic aerobic counts, yeasts and moulds, lactic acid bacteria, Enterobacteriaceae, presumptive E. coli and Listeria monocytogenes counts as well as for the presence of Salmonella, E. coli O157:H7, Yersinia enterocolitica and thermotolerant Campylobacter. Results for the fresh-cut vegetables that we analyzed showed that, in general, the highest microorganism counts were associated with grated carrot, arugula and spinach (7.8, 7.5 and 7.4 log cfu g(-1) of aerobic mesophilic microorganisms; 6.1, 5.8 and 5.2 log cfu g(-1) of yeast and moulds; 5.9, 4.0 and 5.1 log cfu g(-1) lactic acid bacteria and 6.2, 5.3 and 6.0 log cfu g(-1) of Enterobacteriaceae). The lowest counts were generally associated with fresh-cut endive and lettuce (6.2 and 6.3 log cfu g(-1) of aerobic mesophilic microorganisms; 4.4 and 4.6 log cfu g(-1) of yeast and moulds; 2.7 and 3.8 log cfu g(-1) lactic acid bacteria and 4.8 and 4.4 log cfu g(-1) of Enterobacteriaceae). Counts of psychrotrophic microorganisms were as high as those of mesophilic microorganisms. Microbiological counts for fresh-cut fruit were very low. Sprouts were highly contaminated with mesophilic (7.9 log cfu g(-1)), psychrotrophic microorganisms (7.3 log cfu g(-1)) and Enterobacteriaceae (7.2 log cfu g(-1)) and showed a high incidence of E. coli (40% of samples). Of the samples analyzed, four (1.3%) were Salmonella positive and two (0.7%) harboured L. monocytogenes. None of the

  16. NIR spectroscopic sensing for point-of-need freshness assessment of meat, fish, vegetables and fruits

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    Lee, Seoho; Noh, Tae Gyoon; Choi, Jun Hoe; Han, Jeongsu; Ha, Joo Young; Lee, Ji Young; Park, Yongjong

    2017-05-01

    Foodborne illness represents a significant health burden worldwide. While monitoring the freshness of food before consumption could significantly improve the current predicament, there is a lack of a simple system that one can use to accurately assess the freshness of their food. Currently, the most common practice for food quality determination is by visual or odor inspection which lacks objectivity, accuracy and precision. Near infrared (NIR) spectroscopic techniques can help address this problem by providing rapid and non-destructive means to estimate the freshness state of various foods based on the changes to their characteristic spectra in the NIR region. Recent advancements in the development of portable NIR spectrometers are also enabling the realization of this technique at the point-of-need. In this study, we have evaluated the feasibility of using NIR spectroscopy at the point-of-need to estimate the freshness of various foods including: beef sirloin, beef eyeround, pork sirloin, bass, salmon, corvina, tomato and watermelon. Using a commercial portable NIR spectrometer, we periodically scanned and collected NIR spectra from the food items that were stored at 4°C inside a refrigerator for up to 30 days. For these food items, we show that the NIR spectra can be classified by the foods' aging day as well as by the levels of chemical/microbial indicators (i.e., thiobarbituric acid, volatile basic nitrogen and bacteria levels) with high accuracy, which represents high prospects of NIR spectroscopy for point-of-need freshness assessment of meat, fish, vegetables and fruits.

  17. Reported foodborne outbreaks due to fresh produce in the United States and European Union: trends and causes.

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    Callejón, Raquel M; Rodríguez-Naranjo, M Isabel; Ubeda, Cristina; Hornedo-Ortega, Ruth; Garcia-Parrilla, M Carmen; Troncoso, Ana M

    2015-01-01

    The consumption of fruit and vegetables continues to rise in the United States and European Union due to healthy lifestyle recommendations. Meanwhile, the rate of foodborne illness caused by the consumption of these products remains high in both regions, representing a significant public health and financial issue. This study addresses the occurrence of reported foodborne outbreaks associated with fresh fruits and vegetables consumption in the United States and European Union during the period 2004-2012, where data are available. Special attention is paid to those pathogens responsible for these outbreaks, the mechanisms of contamination, and the fresh produce vehicles involved. Norovirus is shown to be responsible for most of the produce-related outbreaks, followed by Salmonella. Norovirus is mainly linked with the consumption of salad in the United States and of berries in the European Union, as demonstrated by the Multiple Correspondence Analysis (MCA). Salmonella was the leading cause of multistate produce outbreaks in the United States and was the pathogen involved in the majority of sprouts-associated outbreaks. As is reflected in the MCA, the pattern of fresh produce outbreaks differed in the United States and European Union by the type of microorganism and the food vehicle involved.

  18. Nutriomic analysis of fresh and processed fruit products. 1. During in vitro digestions.

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    Epriliati, Indah; D'Arcy, Bruce; Gidley, Mike

    2009-04-22

    Nutriomic analysis is a postgenomic-based study of nutritious components (nutriome). There is a need for an in vitro digestion and absorption model to unravel interactive factors varying nutriome release from various food materials that cannot be directly studied in humans. Effects of processing and in vitro digestion steps on carotenoid, sugar, and organic acid release from tomato, papaya, and mango products were comprehensively studied for the first time in this research. In vivo chewing experiments using 24 healthy adult volunteers was carried out prior to chewing simulation. Microscopy showed that cutting and blending alone were unlikely to mimic chewing at swallowing point. Using general linear model (GLM) ANOVA and principal component analysis (PCA), effects of interaction between digestion steps and processing types on the nutriome release were significant (p fresh) were digested in vitro. Generally, dried and fresh fruits released lower levels of nutriome components than juices. PCA indicated nutriome release from tomato products was affected by the factors studied more than those from papaya and mango products. Fruit type is the main determinant factor relative to processing and digestion steps because it determines the extent of matrix that breaks down and consequent nutriome diffusion rates. It is predicted that pectin plays a role in determining the rate of nutriome release and absorption, which requires further investigation.

  19. Analysis of Consumers’ Willingness to Pay for Traceable Fresh Fruits in Shanghai City and Countermeasures

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    2011-01-01

    By the survey of consumers’ behaviour of purchasing fresh fruits, this paper researches the group characteristics of people who consume traceable fresh fruits, and analyses the main factors influencing consumers’ willingness to purchase. Based on this, corresponding proposals are put forward as follows: first, the government should not only focus on supervision and regulation over food security, but also strengthen the education of food security knowledge, publicity and promotion of traceable system; second, the government and related enterprise should particularly pay attention to the impact of consumers’ individual characteristics on willingness to purchase and purchase behaviours, and work out feasible strategy of traceable food marketing, according to consumers’ preferences, consumers’ attention to health, consumers’ attention to the healthy growth of children and other factors; finally, when implementing the system, the state and the government should take into full account the average income level of consumers, give full play to the effect of scale merit, and work out the reasonable price that can be accepted by most of consumers.

  20. Shelf life extension of fresh fruit and vegetables by chitosan treatment.

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    Romanazzi, Gianfranco; Feliziani, Erica; Baños, Silvia Bautista; Sivakumar, Dharini

    2017-02-11

    Among alternatives that are currently under investigation to replace the use of synthetic fungicides to control postharvest diseases in fresh produce and to extend their shelf life, chitosan application has shown promising disease control, at both preharvest and postharvest stages. Chitosan shows a dual mode of action, on the pathogen and on the plant, as it reduces the growth of decay-causing fungi and foodborne pathogens and induces resistance responses in the host tissues. Chitosan coating forms a semipermeable film on the surface of fruit and vegetables, thereby delaying the rate of respiration, decreasing weight loss, maintaining the overall quality, and prolonging the shelf life. Moreover, the coating can provide a substrate for incorporation of other functional food additives, such as minerals, vitamins, or other drugs or nutraceutical compounds that can be used to enhance the beneficial properties of fresh commodities, or in some cases the antimicrobial activity of chitosan. Chitosan coating has been approved as GRAS substance by USFDA, and its application is safe for the consumer and the environment. This review summarizes the most relevant and recent knowledge in the application of chitosan in postharvest disease control and maintenance of overall fruit and vegetable quality during postharvest storage.

  1. Effect of hot water surface pasteurization of whole fruit on shelf life and quality of fresh-cut cantaloupe.

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    Fan, X; Annous, B A; Beaulieu, J C; Sites, J E

    2008-04-01

    Cantaloupes are associated with recent outbreaks of foodborne illnesses and recalls. Therefore, new approaches are needed for sanitization of whole and cut fruit. In the present study, whole cantaloupes were submerged into water in the following 3 conditions: 10 degrees C water for 20 min (control), 20 ppm chlorine at 10 degrees C for 20 min, and 76 degrees C water for 3 min. Populations of microflora were measured on the rinds of the whole cantaloupes. Quality and microbial populations of fresh-cut cantaloupes prepared from whole fruit were analyzed after 1, 6, 8, 10, 13, 16, and 20 d of storage at 4 degrees C. The hot water significantly reduced both total plate count (TPC) and yeast and mold count on rind of whole fruits while chlorine or cold water wash did not result in a significant reduction of microbial population. Fresh-cut pieces prepared from hot water-treated cantaloupes had lower TPC than the other 2 treatments in the later storage periods (days 13 to 20) in 2 of 3 trials. The hot water treatment of whole fruits was inconsistent in reducing yeast and mold count of fresh-cut pieces. Soluble solids content, ascorbic acid content, fluid loss, and aroma and appearance scores were not consistently affected by either hot water or chlorine treatment. Our results suggested that hot water pasteurization of whole cantaloupes frequently resulted in lower TPCs of fresh-cut fruit during storage and did not negatively affect quality of fresh-cut cantaloupes.

  2. Methyl Jasmonate: An Alternative for Improving the Quality and Health Properties of Fresh Fruits.

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    Reyes-Díaz, Marjorie; Lobos, Tomas; Cardemil, Liliana; Nunes-Nesi, Adriano; Retamales, Jorge; Jaakola, Laura; Alberdi, Miren; Ribera-Fonseca, Alejandra

    2016-05-31

    Methyl jasmonate (MeJA) is a plant growth regulator belonging to the jasmonate family. It plays an important role as a possible airborne signaling molecule mediating intra- and inter-plant communications and modulating plant defense responses, including antioxidant systems. Most assessments of this compound have dealt with post-harvest fruit applications, demonstrating induced plant resistance against the detrimental impacts of storage (chilling injuries and pathogen attacks), enhancing secondary metabolites and antioxidant activity. On the other hand, the interactions between MeJA and other compounds or technological tools for enhancing antioxidant capacity and quality of fruits were also reviewed. The pleiotropic effects of MeJA have raisen numerous as-yet unanswered questions about its mode of action. The aim of this review was endeavored to clarify the role of MeJA on improving pre- and post-harvest fresh fruit quality and health properties. Interestingly, the influence of MeJA on human health will be also discussed.

  3. Methyl Jasmonate: An Alternative for Improving the Quality and Health Properties of Fresh Fruits

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    Marjorie Reyes-Díaz

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Methyl jasmonate (MeJA is a plant growth regulator belonging to the jasmonate family. It plays an important role as a possible airborne signaling molecule mediating intra- and inter-plant communications and modulating plant defense responses, including antioxidant systems. Most assessments of this compound have dealt with post-harvest fruit applications, demonstrating induced plant resistance against the detrimental impacts of storage (chilling injuries and pathogen attacks, enhancing secondary metabolites and antioxidant activity. On the other hand, the interactions between MeJA and other compounds or technological tools for enhancing antioxidant capacity and quality of fruits were also reviewed. The pleiotropic effects of MeJA have raisen numerous as-yet unanswered questions about its mode of action. The aim of this review was endeavored to clarify the role of MeJA on improving pre- and post-harvest fresh fruit quality and health properties. Interestingly, the influence of MeJA on human health will be also discussed.

  4. Physiochemical characterization of mucilage obtained from the fresh fruits of Psidium guajava L.

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    Amutha Gnana Arasi Michael Antony Samy

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract: Objective: The current study is focused to explore the physiochemical characterization of mucilage obtained from fresh fruits of Psidium guajava L. Study includes phytochemical screening, physiochemical characterization and micromeritic properties. Methods: Water based extraction procedure was adopted to extract mucilage from Psidium guajava fruit. Pharmacopoeial procedures were adopted to study the melting point, solubility, loss on drying and ash values. Swelling index of the mucilage is determined in 0.1N Hydrochloric acid, Phosphate buffer (pH 6.8 and water. Micomertitic properties of the isolated mucilage are also discussed in this study. Flame emission scanning electron microscope was used to study morphology and elemental analysis. Structure of the Psidium guajava mucilage was discussed using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrum. Results:Results of this study show that the used procedure is efficient to extract the mucilage from Psidium guajava fruit. The isolated mucilage is insoluble and pH sensitive, has got high swelling index and good flow properties. Conclusions:The fundamental characteristics of Psidium guajava mucilage have been established. The large particle size and high swellability, gel like appearance and pore in structure indicates that it has got wider applications in food and Pharmaceutical industry.

  5. La United Fruit Company en Colombia

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    Maurice P. Brungardt

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    Full Text Available El artículo discute los antecedentes de las compañías bananeras en América Central y el Caribe en el siglo XIX. En el contexto de las fusiones de finales de siglo que dieron lugar a los trusts norteamericanos tuvo lugar la fundación de la United Fruit Company. El autor discute el carácter "dual" de la inversión norteamericana en la región: de una parte, desarrollo económico, de otra, corrupción y presiones políticas. Narra los orígenes de los cultivos de banano en el Departamento del Magdalena, la instalación de la multinacional norteamericana en la región, lo mismo que las estrategias de la compañía para monopolizar el cultivo y la exportación del fruto. Termina con los hechos de la Masacre de las Bananeras en 1928 y sus repercusiones en la política nacional de la época.

  6. Fresh-cut fruits and vegetables: Critical factors influencing microbiology and novel approaches to prevent microbial risks—A review

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    Ovais Shafiq Qadri

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Fruits and vegetables comprise an essential part of human diet as they are the major source of dietary nutrients of great importance. Consumption of fruits has been found to counteract many of the chronic diseases, including cancers and cardiovascular diseases. Therefore, recommendations for a balanced diet must include the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Consumers in developing countries have become more concerned about the nutritional and sensory aspects as well as the safety of the food they eat due to growing health awareness. At the same time, consumer demand for convenience products is increasing and so is the demand for fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. Fresh-cut market has expanded considerably in recent years. However, quality and safety of such products are an issue of concern as these products can act as vehicles for transmitting infectious diseases. Furthermore, fresh-cut produce is more susceptible to spoilage and can facilitate rapid growth of spoilage micro-organisms as well as the micro-organisms of public health significance. Nonetheless, keeping in consideration the vast scope of fresh-cut products, this article intends to thoroughly review information about microbiology and public health risks associated with them. Discussions regarding different approaches to extend the shelf life and to minimize the risk of infection associated with their consumption are also included.

  7. Bacteriological survey of ready-to-eat lettuce, fresh-cut fruit, and sprouts collected from the Swiss market.

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    Althaus, D; Hofer, E; Corti, S; Julmi, A; Stephan, R

    2012-07-01

    The consumption of ready-to-eat fresh vegetables has increased significantly in the recent decades. So far, no data are available on the bacteriological burden and the prevalence of foodborne pathogens in ready-to-eat lettuce, fresh-cut fruit, and sprouts on the Swiss market. This study was based on investigations carried out during 2 months of the summer season in 2011. Samples of 142 salads, 64 fresh-cut fruit, and 27 sprouts were included in this study. Escherichia coli, an indicator microorganism for fecal contamination, was only found in 5 lettuce samples, with amounts ranging between 2 and 3 log CFU/g. No Salmonella spp. were detected from any of the 233 samples analyzed in this study, and a low occurrence was found for contamination with L. monocytogenes, Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, enteropathogenic E. coli, and Cronobacter. From the results of the present study, we conclude that even in a country where the use of chlorine solutions to sanitize fruits and vegetables in the fresh-cut industry is not allowed, it is possible to produce ready-to-eat lettuce, fresh-cut fruit, and sprouts with high microbiological standards. Strict maintenance of good practices of hygiene at preharvest, harvest, and postharvest levels is of central importance to ensure both public health protection and product quality.

  8. Behavior of Salmonella spp. and natural microbiota on fresh-cut dragon fruits at different storage temperatures.

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    Sim, Hui Li; Hong, Yoon-Ki; Yoon, Won Byong; Yuk, Hyun-Gyun

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study was to determine survival or growth of unadapted, acid-adapted and cold-stressed Salmonella spp., and natural microbiota on fresh-cut dragon fruits at different storage temperatures. Dragon fruits were sliced and spot inoculated with five-strain cocktail of Salmonella spp. at two inoculum levels (2.5 or 5.5 log CFU/g). Inoculated fruits were stored at 28°C for 48h and at 4°C and 12°C for 96 h. Salmonella population significantly increased by 2.4 to 3.0 log CFU/g at low inoculum level, whereas the numbers increased by 0.4 to 0.7 log CFU/g at the high inoculum level on fruits held at 28°C for 48h. Only unadapted and acid-adapted cells grew with 0.7 to 0.9log increase at the low inoculum level at 12°C for 96h. No significant growth was observed at both inoculum levels during storage at 4°C. Overall, acid, starved and cold adaptation of Salmonella spp. did not show significant difference in survival or growth on fresh-cut dragon fruits during storage compared to unadapted control cells. For natural microbiota on the fruit, mesophilic bacterial counts reached to 5-log CFU/g at 28 and 12°C by 9.9 and 52.9h. Similar with Salmonella spp. there was no growth of natural microbiota at 4°C. These results showed that Salmonella spp. could grow on fresh-cut dragon fruits under inappropriate storage conditions, indicating that fresh-cut dragon fruits could be a potential vehicle for salmonellosis. Thus, this study suggests that fresh-cut dragon fruits should be stored at 4°C to ensure the safety as well as to extend the shelf life of fresh-cut dragon fruits. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Commercial production and distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables: A scoping study on the importance of produce pathways to dose. Hanford Environmental Dose Reconstruction Project

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    Marsh, T.L.; Anderson, D.M.; Farris, W.T.; Ikenberry, T.A.; Napier, B.A.; Wilfert, G.L.

    1992-09-01

    This letter report summarizes a scoping study that examined the potential importance of fresh fruit and vegetable pathways to dose. A simple production index was constructed with data collected from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), the United States Bureau of the Census, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Hanford Environmental Dose Reconstruction (HEDR) Project staff from Battelle, Pacific Northwest Laboratories, in cooperation with members of the Technical Steering Panel (TSP), selected lettuce and spinach as the produce pathways most likely to impact dose. County agricultural reports published in 1956 provided historical descriptions of the predominant distribution patterns of fresh lettuce and spinach from production regions to local population centers. Pathway rankings and screening dose estimates were calculated for specific populations living in selected locations within the HEDR study area.

  10. Commercial production and distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables: A scoping study on the importance of produce pathways to dose. Hanford Environmental Dose Reconstruction Project

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    Marsh, T.L.; Anderson, D.M.; Farris, W.T.; Ikenberry, T.A.; Napier, B.A.; Wilfert, G.L.

    1992-09-01

    This letter report summarizes a scoping study that examined the potential importance of fresh fruit and vegetable pathways to dose. A simple production index was constructed with data collected from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), the United States Bureau of the Census, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Hanford Environmental Dose Reconstruction (HEDR) Project staff from Battelle, Pacific Northwest Laboratories, in cooperation with members of the Technical Steering Panel (TSP), selected lettuce and spinach as the produce pathways most likely to impact dose. County agricultural reports published in 1956 provided historical descriptions of the predominant distribution patterns of fresh lettuce and spinach from production regions to local population centers. Pathway rankings and screening dose estimates were calculated for specific populations living in selected locations within the HEDR study area.

  11. ESR detection of free radicals produced in irradiated fresh fruits and dried foods

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    Bustos G, E. [CICATA, IPN, 07000 Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Gomes, V.; Garcia, F. [IQUNAM, 04500 Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Azorin, J. [UAM-I, 09340 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

    2007-07-01

    Full text: Electron spin resonance (ESR) technique was used to measure the stability of free radicals produced by the irradiation treatment in mangoes and in four spices: black pepper, oregano, 'guajillo' chili and 'morron' chili. The ESR spectra for mangoes were scanned in three different parts from the seeds and were recorded in fresh and dried tissues. The ESR spectra in fresh tissue of no irradiated mangoes, were a sextet line signal produced by Mn{sup 2+} ion and a singlet centered at g = 2.00 produced by the endogenous radical. New resonances were observed in the irradiated samples at 1.5 mT and 3 mT respects to the center line for right and left side. These new resonance signals were-observed for eight days in mangoes treated at 1.00 kGy, and for three days at 0.15 kGy. The resonance due to the irradiation was observed in Iyophilized mangoes only one day after the treatment, in the vacuum dried samples, no new resonances were observed. The triplet signal, as well as the central single line appeared after irradiation in black pepper, morron chili and guajillo chili. These signals were also observed in the irradiated spices at any radiation dose higher than 1.0 kGy. The signals decrease promptly, in ten days after the 'irradiation. It was not possible to observe the triplet signal in oregano, even when the samples were analyzed immediately after irradiation treatment. The only signal observed in irradiated spice was the endogenous radical. This signal increased as the radiation dose increased and decreased during storage time at room temperature. Results showed that free radicals produced in irradiated fresh fruits or dried foods have a quick recombination. It was observed that in the spices the signal remains for several weeks meanwhile only eight days in mangoes. (Author)

  12. "FruitZotic": A Sensory Approach to Introducing Preschoolers to Fresh Exotic Fruits at Head Start Locations in Western Massachusetts

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    Kannan, Srimathi; Smith, Rebecca; Foley, Christine; Del Sole, Sarah; White, Alissa; Sheldon, Lisa A.; Mietlcki-Floyd, Shirley; Severin, Suzanne

    2011-01-01

    FruitZotic incorporated fruit stories (exotic-fruits-literacy), a "See, Smell, Hear, Touch and Taste" (sensory) segment and a question-prompted discussion. Three take-home components incorporating the exotic fruits were: Coloring Activity, Recipes, and Fact Sheets. Sensory based nutrition education can increase familiarity with exotic…

  13. Occurrence of natural Bacillus thuringiensis contaminants and residues of Bacillus thuringiensis-based insecticides on fresh fruits and vegetables

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    Frederiksen, Kristine; Rosenquist, Hanne; Jørgensen, Kirsten

    2006-01-01

    A total of 128 Bacillus cereus-like strains isolated from fresh fruits and vegetables for sale in retail shops in Denmark were characterized. Of these strains, 39% (50/128) were classified as Bacillus thuringiensis on the basis of their content of cry genes determined by PCR or crystal proteins...

  14. 75 FR 78207 - Notice of Availability of a Pest Risk Analysis for the Importation of Fresh Rambutan Fruit...

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    ... Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Notice of Availability of a Pest Risk Analysis for the... prepared a pest risk analysis that evaluates the risks associated with the importation into the continental... importation of fresh rambutan fruit from Malaysia and Vietnam. We are making the pest risk analysis...

  15. 中国鲜活农产品出口三元边际与定价能力研究--以中国水果对俄罗斯、日本和美国出口为例%Research on the triple margins and pricing power of China’s fresh agricultural exports:A case study of China’s fruit exports to Russia, Japan and the United States

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    颜小挺; 祁春节

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    Fresh agricultural products, especially fruits, play an important role in China’s agricultural exports. Using HS 6-digit export data of fruits, this paper analyzed the characteristics of China’s fruit exports to Russia, Japan, the United States, and the world. Then applying the triple margin analysis method, this paper also examined the price and quantity margins of Chinese fruit export growth in each market and tested export pricing power by using the residual demand elasticity model. Results show that 1) China’s fruit export growth is mainly due to the promotion of the intensive margin. It grows along price margin on Russian and US markets and along quantity margin on Japanese market;and 2) Due to the small market share of China’s fruits in each market and vicious competition among export companies, China is lack of pricing power in fruit export market. To further promote China’s fruit exports and to improve pricing power, this paper provides the following suggestions:increasing export fruit varieties, enhancing the added value of export fruits, strengthening the supervision of quality and safety of agricultural products to break through the green trade barriers, improving the organizational level of the companies to enhance the bargaining power in the international market.%鲜活农产品在中国农产品出口中占重要地位,其中水果是具有出口创汇比较优势的产品。本文采用2000-2013年HS-6位水果贸易数据,分析了中国水果出口总体特征以及对俄罗斯、日本和美国的出口特征,应用三元边际分析方法,对中国水果在三个市场的出口增长三元边际进行了测算,并进一步对水果出口定价能力进行估测。研究表明:集约边际对水果出口增长的拉动作用大于扩展边际,对俄罗斯和美国的出口沿着价格边际增长,对日本的出口沿着数量边际增长;中国水果对这三个市场的出口定价能力较弱,缺失定价主动权

  16. 77 FR 31829 - Importation of Fresh Bananas From the Philippines Into the Continental United States...

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    ... the Continental United States'' and published in the Federal Register on April 16, 2012 (77 FR 22510... Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Importation of Fresh Bananas From the Philippines Into the... the importation of fresh bananas from the Philippines into the continental United States....

  17. Potential nutritional and economic effects of replacing juice with fruit in the diets of children in the United States.

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    Monsivais, Pablo; Rehm, Colin D

    2012-05-01

    To estimate the nutritional and economic effects of substituting whole fruit for juice in the diets of children in the United States. Secondary analyses using the 2001-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and a national food prices database. Energy intakes, nutrient intakes, and diet costs were estimated before and after fruit juices were completely replaced with fruit in 3 models that emphasized fruits that were fresh, inexpensive, and widely consumed and in a fourth model that partially replaced juice with fruit, capping juice at recommended levels. A nationwide, representative sample of children in the United States. A total of 7023 children aged 3 to 18 years. Systematic complete or partial replacement of juice with fruit. Difference in energy intakes, nutrient intakes, and diet costs between observed and modeled diets. For children who consumed juice, replacement of all juice servings with fresh, whole fruit led to a projected reduction in dietary energy of 233 kJ/d (-2.6% difference [95% CI, -5.1% to -0.1%]), an increase in fiber of 4.3 g/d (31.1% difference [95% CI, 26.4%-35.9%]), and an increase in diet cost of $0.54/d (13.3% difference [95% CI, 8.8%-17.8%]). Substitution of juice with fresh fruit has the potential to reduce energy intake and improve the adequacy of fiber intake in children's diets. This would likely increase costs for schools, childcare providers, and families. These cost effects could be minimized by selecting processed fruits, but fewer nutritional gains would be achieved.

  18. Flow injection assessment of nitrate contents in fresh and cooked fruits and vegetables grown in Fiji.

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    Prasad, Surendra; Chetty, Adrian A

    2011-10-01

    Nitrates form part of the essential chemistry of soils and plants. Thus, plant roots are able to absorb nitrate directly from the soil. It has been discovered that human nitrate intake is mainly from vegetables. Vegetables play an important role in human nutrition since they are an outstanding source for vitamins, minerals, and biologically active compounds. In risk assessment of nitrate contents, this study reports the nitrate levels of 8 commonly consumed fruits and vegetables grown in Fiji, tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum), eggplant (Solanum melongena), capsicum (Capsicum annuum var. grossum), breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis), long bean (Vigna sesquipedalis), jackfruit (A. heterophyllus), pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo), and cucumber (Cucumis sativus). The effects of different types of cooking methods, baking, boiling, and frying, have also been studied. The validated flow injection analysis technique has been used to quantify the nitrate-N levels in the chosen products following nitrate extraction using the activated carbon technique. The mean values of nitrate levels in fresh products ranged from 25.83 to 281.02 mg NO(3) (-) kg(-1) . The study shows that boiling reduced nitrate contents by 65.37% to 25.25%. The frying in soy bean oil elevated nitrate contents from 354.79% to 86.69%, but after baking, nitrate contents remained almost constant with slight increasing trend in the case of tomato (19.97%). The nitrate levels published in the literature for the same types of fruits and vegetables studied have also been reviewed and compared. The average nitrate-N values were comparable or lower than overseas data, but did not present unpredictably high values, that is, they were below the risk level. © 2011 Institute of Food Technologists®

  19. 78 FR 8435 - Importation of Fresh Citrus Fruit From Uruguay, Including Citrus Hybrids and Fortunella

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    ... States through the importation of citrus fruit. These include two fruit flies, Anastrepha fraterculus... conditions are designed to prevent the introduction of the following quarantine pests: Anastrepha fraterculus...

  20. A novel laccase from fresh fruiting bodies of the wild medicinal mushroom Tricholoma matsutake.

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    Xu, Lijing; Zhu, Mengjuan; Chen, Xiao; Wang, Hexiang; Zhang, Guoqing

    2015-01-01

    The knowledge about biological activities of constituents from medicinal mushrooms belonging to the genus Tricholoma is limited. A 59-kDa laccase has now been purified from fresh fruiting bodies of the mushroom Tricholoma matsutake. The purification protocol entailed ion exchange chromatography on DEAE-cellulose, affinity chromatography on Affi-gel blue gel, ion exchange chromatography on CM-cellulose, affinity chromatography on ConA-Sepharose, and gel filtration by fast protein liquid chromatography on Superdex 75. Of the various affinity and ion exchange chromatographic media employed, the laccase bound only on Con A-Sepharose. The activity of the laccase did not undergo major changes over the temperature range 20-80°C. However, all activity vanished following exposure to 100°C for 10 minutes. The enzyme activity varied only slightly over the pH range 3-5, with the optimal pH of 5, but exhibited a precipitous decline when the pH was increased to 6, and was undetectable at pH 8 and 9. The laccase showed activity in the decolorization of azo dyes without a mediator. Its N-terminal sequence demonstrated only slight resemblance to those of other mushroom laccases. The newly described laccase is distinctive from the previously isolated Tricholoma mushroom laccases in a number of aspects.

  1. Intelligent Color Vision System for Ripeness Classification of Oil Palm Fresh Fruit Bunch

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    Haidi Ibrahim

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Ripeness classification of oil palm fresh fruit bunches (FFBs during harvesting is important to ensure that they are harvested during optimum stage for maximum oil production. This paper presents the application of color vision for automated ripeness classification of oil palm FFB. Images of oil palm FFBs of type DxP Yangambi were collected and analyzed using digital image processing techniques. Then the color features were extracted from those images and used as the inputs for Artificial Neural Network (ANN learning. The performance of the ANN for ripeness classification of oil palm FFB was investigated using two methods: training ANN with full features and training ANN with reduced features based on the Principal Component Analysis (PCA data reduction technique. Results showed that compared with using full features in ANN, using the ANN trained with reduced features can improve the classification accuracy by 1.66% and is more effective in developing an automated ripeness classifier for oil palm FFB. The developed ripeness classifier can act as a sensor in determining the correct oil palm FFB ripeness category.

  2. Emerging myxosporean parasites of Australian frogs take a ride with fresh fruit transport

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    Hartigan Ashlie

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The spread of wildlife pathogens into new geographical ranges or populations is a conservation concern for endangered species. Cystodiscus australis and Cystodiscus axonis are two species of myxosporean parasites infecting Australian frogs and tadpoles that have been recently recognised as important disease agents impacting amphibian conservation. Yet despite their importance to wildlife health, the mechanism of emergence for these parasites is unknown. We hypothesise that these parasites are capable of being accidentally translocated with their amphibian hosts in fresh produce (agricultural, horticultural and industrial shipments into naïve environments and host populations. Methods We surveyed 33 Australian “Banana box” frogs from Sydney fruit markets during 2011 using faecal smears and multiplex species specific PCR on DNA isolated from frog faeces or using histopathology to demonstrate the presence of both C. australis and C. axonis. Results One of the “Banana box” frogs, the Dainty green tree frog (Litoria gracilenta was positive for C. australis and C. axonis in its faeces and continuously shed the parasites for eight months. Conclusions We present a possible mechanism for the emergence of Cystodiscus parasites and a non-invasive screening method to be used as a diagnostic test. In the future, vigilance and communication between wildlife managers/researchers and veterinarians will provide valuable information about these parasites, their host range and true distribution. This will aid risk management assessments for threatened populations within the range of Cystodiscus parasites and ultimately enhance conservation efforts.

  3. Improvement in fresh fruit and vegetable logistics quality: berry logistics field studies.

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    do Nascimento Nunes, M Cecilia; Nicometo, Mike; Emond, Jean Pierre; Melis, Ricardo Badia; Uysal, Ismail

    2014-06-13

    Shelf life of fresh fruits and vegetables is greatly influenced by environmental conditions. Increasing temperature usually results in accelerated loss of quality and shelf-life reduction, which is not physically visible until too late in the supply chain to adjust logistics to match shelf life. A blackberry study showed that temperatures inside pallets varied significantly and 57% of the berries arriving at the packinghouse did not have enough remaining shelf life for the longest supply routes. Yet, the advanced shelf-life loss was not physically visible. Some of those pallets would be sent on longer supply routes than necessary, creating avoidable waste. Other studies showed that variable pre-cooling at the centre of pallets resulted in physically invisible uneven shelf life. We have shown that using simple temperature measurements much waste can be avoided using 'first expiring first out'. Results from our studies showed that shelf-life prediction should not be based on a single quality factor as, depending on the temperature history, the quality attribute that limits shelf life may vary. Finally, methods to use air temperature to predict product temperature for highest shelf-life prediction accuracy in the absence of individual sensors for each monitored product have been developed. Our results show a significant reduction of up to 98% in the root-mean-square-error difference between the product temperature and air temperature when advanced estimation methods are used.

  4. Dielectric spectroscopy of fresh fruit and vegetable tissues from 10 to 1800 MHz.

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    Nelson, Stuart O

    2005-01-01

    Dielectric spectroscopy data from measurements on tissue samples of nine fresh fruits and vegetables were used to study their dielectric behavior over the frequency range from 10 MHz to 1.8 GHz at 5 to 65 degrees C. Dielectric constant and loss-factor data are presented graphically for apple, avocado, banana, cantaloupe, carrot, cucumber, grape, orange, and potato, showing dielectric constants ranging from values of several hundred at 10 MHz to less than 100 at 1.8 GHz and loss factors on the order of one thousand at 10 MHz to less than 20 at 1.8 GHz. The dielectric loss factor increased consistently with increasing temperature at frequencies below 1 GHz. The dielectric constant increased with temperature at lower frequencies, but it decreased with temperature at the higher frequencies. This reversal of the sign of the temperature coefficient occurred at some point in the frequency range between 20 and 120 MHz where the temperature dependence of the dielectric constant was zero. At frequencies below this point, ionic conduction dominates the dielectric behavior, but above that point dipolar relaxation appears to control the behavior. Multiple linear regression provided equations for calculation of the loss factor in the frequency range from 10 to 300 MHz at temperatures from 5 to 65 degrees C. The data provide new information useful in understanding dielectric heating behavior and evaluating dielectric properties of such agricultural products for quality sensing applications.

  5. Enhanced removal of a human norovirus surrogate from fresh vegetables and fruits by a combination of surfactants and sanitizers.

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    Predmore, Ashley; Li, Jianrong

    2011-07-01

    Fruits and vegetables are major vehicles for transmission of food-borne enteric viruses since they are easily contaminated at pre- and postharvest stages and they undergo little or no processing. However, commonly used sanitizers are relatively ineffective for removing human norovirus surrogates from fresh produce. In this study, we systematically evaluated the effectiveness of surfactants on removal of a human norovirus surrogate, murine norovirus 1 (MNV-1), from fresh produce. We showed that a panel of surfactants, including sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), Nonidet P-40 (NP-40), Triton X-100, and polysorbates, significantly enhanced the removal of viruses from fresh fruits and vegetables. While tap water alone and chlorine solution (200 ppm) gave only <1.2-log reductions in virus titer in all fresh produce, a solution containing 50 ppm of surfactant was able to achieve a 3-log reduction in virus titer in strawberries and an approximately 2-log reduction in virus titer in lettuce, cabbage, and raspberries. Moreover, a reduction of approximately 3 logs was observed in all the tested fresh produce after sanitization with a solution containing a combination of 50 ppm of each surfactant and 200 ppm of chlorine. Taken together, our results demonstrate that the combination of a surfactant with a commonly used sanitizer enhanced the efficiency in removing viruses from fresh produce by approximately 100 times. Since SDS is an FDA-approved food additive and polysorbates are recognized by the FDA as GRAS (generally recognized as safe) products, implementation of this novel sanitization strategy would be a feasible approach for efficient reduction of the virus load in fresh produce.

  6. Mothers prefer fresh fruits and vegetables over jarred baby fruits and vegetables in the new Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children food package.

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    Kim, Loan P; Whaley, Shannon E; Gradziel, Pat H; Crocker, Nancy J; Ritchie, Lorrene D; Harrison, Gail G

    2013-01-01

    This study examined Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) participant use and satisfaction with jarred baby foods, assessed preference for cash value vouchers (CVVs) for fruits and vegetables vs jarred baby foods, and examined whether preferences varied among selected ethnic groups. A survey of California WIC participants and statewide redemption data were used. Participants reported high satisfaction with the CVV for fruits and vegetables and jarred baby foods, with statistically significant variation across ethnic groups. About two thirds of all participants reported a preference for CVVs for fruits and vegetables over jarred baby foods. Redemption data indicated declining redemption rates for jarred fruits and vegetables with increasing age of the infant across all ethnic groups. Although the addition of jarred fruits and vegetables to the food package for infants ages 6-11 months was well received, many caregivers want the option to choose between jarred foods and fresh fruits and vegetables. Copyright © 2013 Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior. All rights reserved.

  7. Prevalence of human noroviruses in frozen marketed shellfish, red fruits and fresh vegetables.

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    Loutreul, Julie; Cazeaux, Catherine; Levert, Delphine; Nicolas, Aline; Vautier, Sandrine; Le Sauvage, Anne Laure; Perelle, Sylvie; Morin, Thierry

    2014-09-01

    Noroviruses (NoVs), currently recognised as the most common human food-borne pathogens, are ubiquitous in the environment and can be transmitted to humans through multiple foodstuffs. In this study, we evaluated the prevalence of human NoV genogroups I (GI) and II (GII) in 493 food samples including soft red fruits (n = 200), salad vegetables (n = 210) and bivalve mollusc shellfish (n = 83), using the Bovine Enterovirus type 1 as process extraction control for the first time. Viral extractions were performed by elution concentration and genome detection by TaqMan Real-Time RT-PCR (RT-qPCR). Experimental contamination using hepatitis A virus (HAV) was used to determine the limit of detection (LOD) of the extraction methods. Positive detections were obtained from 2 g of digestive tissues of oysters or mussels kept for 16 h in seawater containing 2.0-2.7 log10 plaque-forming units (PFU)/L of HAV. For lettuces and raspberries, the LOD was, respectively, estimated at 2.2 and 2.9 log10 PFU per 25 g. Of the molluscs tested, 8.4 and 14.4% were, respectively, positive for the presence of GI NoV and GII NoV RNA. Prevalence in GI NoVs varied from 11.9% for the salad vegetables samples to 15.5% for the red soft fruits. Only 0.5% of the salad and red soft fruits samples were positive for GII NoVs. These results highlight the high occurrence of human NoVs in foodstuffs that can be eaten raw or after a moderate technological processing or treatment. The determination of the risk of infection associated with an RT-qPCR positive sample remains an important challenge for the future.

  8. Recent advances in modified atmosphere packaging and edible coatings to maintain quality of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables.

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    Ghidelli, Christian; Pérez-Gago, María B

    2016-07-28

    Processing of fruits and vegetables generates physiological stresses in the still living cut tissue, leading to quality deterioration and shorter shelf-life as compared with fresh intact produces. Several strategies can be implemented with the aim to reduce the rate of deterioration of fresh-cut commodities. Such strategies include low temperature maintenance from harvest to retail and the application of physical and chemical treatments such as modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) with low O2 and high CO2 levels and antioxidant dips. Other technologies such as edible coatings with natural additives, new generation of coatings using nanotechnological solutions such as nanoparticles, nanoencapsulation, and multilayered systems, and non-conventional atmospheres such as the use of pressurized inert/noble gases and high levels of O2 have gained a lot of interest as a possibility to extend the shelf life of minimally processed fruits and vegetables. However, the high perishability of these products challenges in many cases their marketability by not achieving sufficient shelf life to survive the distribution system, requiring the combination of treatments to assure safety and quality. This review reports the recent advances in the use of MAP, edible coatings, and the combined effect of both technologies to extend the shelf life of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables.

  9. Postharvest treatment of fresh fruit from California with methyl bromide for control of light brown apple moth (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae).

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    Walse, Spencer S; Myers, Scott W; Liu, Yong-Biao; Bellamy, David E; Obenland, David; Simmons, Greg S; Tebbets, Steve

    2013-06-01

    Methyl bromide (MB) chamber fumigations were evaluated for postharvest control of light brown apple moth, Epiphyas postvittana (Walker) (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae), in fresh fruit destined for export from California. To simulate external feeding, larvae were contained in gas-permeable cages and distributed throughout loads of peaches, plums, nectarines (all Prunus spp.), apples (Malus spp.), raspberries (Rubus spp.), or grapes (Vitis spp.). Varying the applied MB dose and the differential sorption of MB by the loads resulted in a range of exposures, expressed as concentration x time cross products (CTs) that were verified by gas-chromatographic quantification of MB in chamber headspace over the course of each fumigation. CTs > or = 60 and > or = 72 mg liter(-1) h at 10.0 +/- 0.5 and 15.6 +/- 0.5 degrees C (x +/- s, average +/- SD), respectively, yielded complete mortality of approximately 6,200 larvae at each temperature. These confirmatory fumigations corroborate E. postvittana mortality data for the first time in relation to measured MB exposures and collectively comprise the largest number of larval specimens tested to date. In addition, akinetic model of MB sorption was developed for the quarantine fumigation of fresh fruit based on the measurement of exposures and how they varied across the fumigation trials. The model describes how to manipulate the applied MB dose, the load factor, and the load geometry for different types of packaged fresh fruit so that the resultant exposure is adequate for insect control.

  10. A novel ribonuclease with antiproliferative activity from fresh fruiting bodies of the edible mushroom Hypsizigus marmoreus.

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    Guan, G P; Wang, H X; Ng, T B

    2007-12-01

    An 18-kDa ribonuclease (RNase) with a novel N-terminal sequence was purified from fresh fruiting bodies of the mushroom Hypsizigus marmoreus. The purification protocol comprised ion exchange chromatography on DEAE cellulose, affinity chromatography on Affi-gel blue gel, ion exchange chromatography on CM-cellulose and Q-Sepharose and gel filtration by fast protein liquid chromatography on Superdex 75. The starting buffer was 10 mM Tris-HCl buffer (pH 7.2), 10 mM Tris-HCl buffer (pH 7.2), 10 mM NH(4)OAc buffer (pH 5), 10 mM NH(4)HCO(3) buffer (pH 9.4) and 200 mM NH(4)HCO(3) (pH 8.5), respectively. Absorbed proteins were desorbed using NaCl added to the starting buffer. A 42-fold purification of the enzyme was achieved. The RNase was unadsorbed on DEAE cellulose, Affi-gel blue gel and CM-cellulose but adsorbed on Q-Sepharose. It exhibited maximal RNase activity at pH 5 and 70 degrees C. Some RNase activity was detectable at 100 degrees C. It demonstrated the highest ribonucleolytic activity (196 U/mg) toward poly C, the next highest activity (126 U/mg) toward poly A, and much weaker activity toward poly U (48 U/mg) and poly G (41 U/mg). The RNase inhibited [(3)H-methyl]-thymidine uptake by leukemia L1210 cells with an IC(50) of 60 microM.

  11. Do sun- versus shade-grown kiwifruits perform differently upon storage? An overview of fruit maturity and nutraceutical properties of whole and fresh-cut produce.

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    Landi, Marco; Tardelli, Francesca; Remorini, Damiano; Massai, Rossano; Guidi, Lucia

    2014-05-14

    Fresh-cut produce represents a good method to save about 25% of the kiwifruit not useful to meet the fresh fruit-marketing standard due to improper size and shape. For that reason, fresh-cut kiwifruit has been extensively studied. However, the comprehension of the influence of some aspects of cultivation might further increase the shelf life as well as the nutritional values of that fruit. This study explored the hypothesis that kiwifruits grown fully exposed to sunlight or partially shaded differently perform upon storage as whole fruit and as minimally processed produce. Flesh firmness (FF), total solids soluble (SSC), ascorbate (AAT), flavonoids (TFO), and phenols (TF) contents were evaluated in sliced and whole fruit upon 3 days of storage at 4 °C after 75 days of cold chamber storage at 0 °C. The activities of two enzymes related to the softening process, polygalacturonase (PG) and pectinmethylesterase (PME), were evaluated as well. FF and SSC were constitutively higher in sun-exposed fruit, and those characteristics remained higher during the storage as whole fruit. Greater constitutive content of AAT, TFO, and TP was found in sun-exposed whole fruit, although after cutting the reduction in their content was significantly lower in shaded fruits. PME and PG activities were higher only in whole shaded fruits, whereas no relevant differences occurred after cutting. In summary, sun-exposed fruits were more suitable for the fresh-fruit market, whereas the shaded counterpart displayed a good predisposition for use as fresh-cut produce, maintaining similar fruit maturity properties but higher nutraceutical values when sliced than fruit grown under full sun.

  12. Optimal growth condition of earthworms and their vermicompost features during recycling of five different fresh fruit and vegetable wastes.

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    Huang, Kui; Xia, Hui; Li, Fusheng; Wei, Yongfen; Cui, Guangyu; Fu, Xiaoyong; Chen, Xuemin

    2016-07-01

    This study aimed to promote vermicomposting performance for recycling fresh fruit and vegetable wastes (FVWs) and to assess microbial population and community of final products. Five fresh FVWs including banana peels, cabbage, lettuce, potato, and watermelon peels were chosen as earthworms' food. The fate test of earthworms showed that 30 g fresh FVWs/day was the optimal loading and the banana peels was harmful for the survival of Eisenia fetida. The followed vermicomposting test revealed lower contents of total carbon and weaker microbial activity in final vermicomposts, relative to those in compared systems without earthworms worked. The leachate from FVWs carried away great amounts of nutrients from reactors. Additionally, different fresh FVWs displayed dissimilar stabilization process. Molecular biological approaches revealed that earthworms could broaden bacterial diversity in their products, with significant greater populations of actinobacteria and ammonia oxidizing bacteria than in control. This study evidences that vermicomposting efficiency differs with the types and loadings of fresh FVWs and vermicomposts are rich in agricultural probiotics.

  13. The biochemical adaptations of spotted wing drosophila (Diptera: Drosophilidae) to fresh fruits reduced fructose concentrations and glutathione-S transferase activities

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    Spotted wing drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii, is an invasive and economically damaging pest in Europe and North America, because the females have a serrated ovipositor enabling them to infest ripening almost all small fruits before harvest. Also flies are strongly attracted to fresh fruits rath...

  14. Thougths Emerged From the Anaphylactic Reactions Due to Fresh Prict Test with Fruit; are We Aware of the Potantial Danger?

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    Ali Kutlu

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Basic approach for food allergy is to avoide taking the food which is known to be allergic to the person. Minimal contact with allergen even such as skin prict test may also trigger the severe anaphylactic reactions. We want to share our exprience about a patient who exprienced anaphylaxis after fresh prick allergy skin test with fresh fruit (peach, apricot, plumb that we performed in our clinic. We belive that the patients who are known to have severe allergic reaction story must avoid to work in food proccesing and storage works, in case any contact with wounded skin area may result in severe allergic reaction [TAF Prev Med Bull 2014; 13(5.000: 435-436

  15. Nutriomic analysis of fresh and processed fruit products. 2. During in vitro simultaneous molecular passages using Caco-2 cell monolayers.

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    Epriliati, Indah; D'Arcy, Bruce; Gidley, Mike

    2009-04-22

    Many studies have used Caco-2 cell monolayers as human intestinal absorption models. However, only a few studied digested foods, instead of pure standard compounds. Moreover, beneficial and nutritional molecules (nutriome) have not been investigated simultaneously. The present study explored nutriome passages from digest solution of fresh, dried, and juiced tomato, mango, and papaya using Caco-2 cell monolayers in apical-->basolateral directions. A validation method using complementary TEER and P(app) values or internal standard caffeine is recommended because physiologically passive diffusion is unlikely to happen. Sugars were transported into basolateral sides, resulting in potential glucose equivalent bioavailability of 2.26-75 mg h(-1)/100 g (WB). Using sugar passage rates (DB) of juices as 100% references, the rate order was tomato (49.8% dried; 89.5% fresh) > mango (56.8% dried; 22.8% fresh) > papaya (18.7% dried; 36.7% fresh). Major indications that phytochemical absorption does not occur in the small intestine were obtained from the bioassay condition selected. Apical organic acid levels decreased, which occasionally were transported into basolateral sides, whereas the disappearances of apical carotenoids and phenolics were not. Pectin substances were predicted to be responsible for the disappearances of bioactive compounds in those pectin-rich fruits. Further investigations on the role of pectin substances in intestinal passages are recommended.

  16. Ammonia-nitrogen removal from urban drainage using modified fresh empty fruit bunches: A case study in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

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    Ricky, L. N. S.; Shahril, Y.; Nurmin, B.; Zahrim, AY

    2016-06-01

    Highly concentration of ammonia nitrogen in urban drainage could pollute the river and give pungent smell. The strong pungent odours that coming out from the urban drainage may degrade the image a city and could possibly reduce the present of tourist. To minimize the presence of pungent odours, the ammonia nitrogen can be removed from the urban drainage by applying proper adsorbent. In this study, an adsorbent produced through chemical modification of fresh empty fruit bunch (EFB) fibers has been carried out. The maximum adsorption capacity is between 0.01-0.60 mg/g. The finding also shows that the retention time is vital when designing ammonia nitrogen filter.

  17. Pesticide residues and estrogenic activity in fruit and vegetables sampled from major fresh produce markets in South Africa.

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    Mutengwe, Mbulaheni Thomas; Aneck-Hahn, Natalie Hildegard; Korsten, Lise; Van Zijl, Magdalena Catherina; De Jager, Christiaan

    2016-01-01

    Food is likely to be one of the major pathways through which people are exposed to endocrine-disrupting chemicals. With the exception of residual effects, there are concerns that a number of naturally occurring and synthetic chemicals exert adverse effects upon endocrine systems in wildlife and humans. The current study reports selected pesticide concentrations and the total estrogenic activity of fruit and vegetables using the recombinant yeast oestrogen screen (YES) and T47D-KBluc reporter gene assays. A total of 53 food samples (27 fruit and 26 vegetables) from Johannesburg and Tshwane fresh produce markets (in South Africa) were analysed. Of these, 17 contained one to three different pesticide residues with concentrations ranging between 0.01 and 0.68 mg kg(-1), whereas in the rest of the samples no residues were detected. All pesticides detected except in one sample were below the maximum residue level (MRL), but others were unauthorised for use in specified fruit and vegetables. Estrogenic activity was detected in 26.4% (14 samples) of the samples tested, and the estradiol equivalents ranged from 0.007 to 2 pg g(-1). Although the estrogenic activity was low, it may contribute to adverse health effects. Continuous monitoring for pesticides in fruit and vegetables is important in view of the unauthorised pesticides detected in produce from South Africa and the endocrine-disrupting chemical activity found.

  18. The Relationship between Palm Oil Quality Index Development and Physical Properties of Fresh Fruit Bunches in the Ripening Process

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    Afshin Keshvadi

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Oil palm (Elaeis guineensis is the most important tree crop in the rural economy of the humid rainforest of Malaysia. The oil is consumed as household food, used domestically for industrial purposes, and an important foreign exchange earning export. Normally, oil palm will be harvested after four years of planting. The oil palm yield will increase variously until the tenth year of planting. The yield will then remains at a stable stage until the twenty-fifth year. The maturity and palm oil development in the fruit ripening process is a good way to monitor harvest time and recommendation to evaluate the palm oil performance in food industries. This research is done on Tenera oil palm variety (A cross between Dura and Pisifera on 8-year-old planted in 2003 at the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB Research Station. Fresh fruit Bunches were carried and were divided to three regions (Top, Middle and Bottom then were removed the fruits from outer and inner layers of them randomly, during the ripening process between 8, 12,16 and 20 weeks after anthesis for these aims: The relationship between maturity and oil development in mesocarp and kernel also investigate to fatty acid compositions during the ripening process at each three regions of bunch by Gas Chromatography (GC and Physical properties of oil palm fresh fruits such as length, width, thickness, weight, apparent volume, true density, bulk density, porosity, sphericity and surface area. Calculation of earned data related to ripening time, oil content and physical properties were done by MSTAT-C, SAS and Microsoft Excel computer programs.

  19. Quality of fresh-cut 'Kent' mango slices prepared from hot water or non hot water treated fruit

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    A quarantine heat treatment consisting of exposure to 46°C water for 65 to 110 minutes (depending on cultivar and fruit size) is mandated by USDA-APHIS for all mangoes (Mangifera indica L.) entering the United States. Heat treatments may affect ripening processes and induce resistance to chilling in...

  20. Socio-economic status, racial composition and the affordability of fresh fruits and vegetables in neighborhoods of a large rural region in Texas

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    Bouhlal Yasser

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Little is known about how affordability of healthy food varies with community characteristics in rural settings. We examined how the cost of fresh fruit and vegetables varies with the economic and demographic characteristics in six rural counties of Texas. Methods Ground-truthed data from the Brazos Valley Food Environment Project were used to identify all food stores in the rural region and the availability and lowest price of fresh whole fruit and vegetables in the food stores. Socioeconomic characteristics were extracted from the 2000 U.S. Census Summary Files 3 at the level of the census block group. We used an imputation strategy to calculate two types of price indices for both fresh fruit and fresh vegetables: a high variety and a basic index; and evaluated the relationship between neighborhood economic and demographic characteristics and affordability of fresh produce, using linear regression models. Results The mean cost of meeting the USDA recommendation of fruit consumption from a high variety basket of fruit types in our sample of stores was just over $27.50 per week. Relying on the three most common fruits lowered the weekly expense to under $17.25 per week, a reduction of 37.6%. The effect of moving from a high variety to a low variety basket was much less when considering vegetable consumption: a 4.3% decline from $29.23 to $27.97 per week. Univariate regression analysis revealed that the cost of fresh produce is not associated with the racial/ethnic composition of the local community. However, multivariate regression showed that holding median income constant, stores in neighborhoods with higher percentages of Black residents paid more for fresh fruits and vegetables. The proportion of Hispanic residents was not associated with cost in either the univariate or multivariate analysis. Conclusion This study extends prior work by examining the affordability of fresh fruit and vegetables from food stores in a large

  1. Yeasts associated with fresh and frozen pulps of Brazilian tropical fruits.

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    Trindade, Rita C; Resende, Maria Aparecida; Silva, Claudia M; Rosa, Carlos A

    2002-08-01

    The occurrence of yeasts on ripe fruits and frozen pulps of pitanga (Eugenia uniflora L), mangaba (Hancornia speciosa Gom.), umbu (Spondias tuberosa Avr. Cam.), and acerola (Malpighia glaba L) was verified. The incidence of proteolytic, pectinolytic, and mycocinogenic yeasts on these communities was also determined. A total of 480 colonies was isolated and grouped in 405 different strains. These corresponded to 42 ascomycetous and 28 basidiomycetous species. Candida sorbosivorans, Pseudozyma antarctica, C. spandovensis-like, C. spandovensis, Kloeckera apis, C. parapsilosis, Rhodotorula graminis, Kluyveromyces marxianus, Cryptococcus laurentii, Metchnikowia sp (isolated only from pitanga ripe fruits), Issatchenkia occidentalis and C. krusei (isolated only from mangaba frozen pulps), were the most frequent species. The yeast communities from pitanga ripe fruits exhibited the highest frequency of species, followed by communities from acerola ripe fruits and mangaba frozen pulps. Yeast communities from frozen pulp and ripe fruits of umbu had the lowest number of species. Except the yeasts from pitanga, yeast communities from frozen pulp exhibited higher number of yeasts than ripe fruit communities. Mycocinogenic yeasts were found in all of the substrates studied except in communities from umbu ripe fruits and pitanga frozen pulps. Most of the yeasts found to produce mycocins were basidiomycetes and included P. antarctica, Cryptococcus albidus, C. bhutanensis-like, R. graminis and R. mucilaginosa-like from pitanga ripe fruits as well as black yeasts from pitanga and acerola ripe fruits. The umbu frozen pulps community had the highest frequency of proteolytic species. Yeasts able to hydrolyse casein at pH 5.0 represented 38.5% of the species isolated. Thirty-seven percent of yeast isolates were able to hydrolyse casein at pH 7.0. Pectinolytic yeasts were found in all of the communities studied, excepted for those of umbu frozen pulps. The highest frequency of

  2. Effect of deastringency treatment of intact persimmon fruits on the quality of fresh-cut persimmons.

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    Chung, Hun-Sik; Kim, Han-Soo; Lee, Young-Guen; Seong, Jong-Hwan

    2015-01-01

    The changes in the quality characteristics of the fresh-cut products prepared from intact 'Cheongdobansi' persimmons treated with different deastringency methods (nontreated, carbon dioxide gas, warm water, ethanol vapour) have been investigated for 6 days at 10 °C. Flesh firmness of the persimmons decreased after ethanol vapour treatment. The decrease in L(∗) value and flesh firmness in the slices prepared from persimmons treated with warm water was retarded. Soluble solids content and titratable acidity of the persimmons decreased after all deastringency treatments. Soluble tannins and radical scavenging activity of the slices from untreated persimmons were maintained at higher concentrations, unlike slices from astringency-removed persimmons. These results suggest that pre-slicing deastringency treatments affect the characteristics of fresh-cut persimmons, and that warm-water treatment could be a useful method to control the browning and softening of fresh-cut persimmons. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Gamma irradiation as a phytosanitary treatment for fresh pome fruits produced in Patagonia

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    Perez, J.; Lires, C.; Horak, C.; Pawlak, E.; Docters, A. [Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, Centro Atomico Ezeiza Presbitero Juan Gonzalez y Aragon No. 15, (B1802AYA) Ezeiza, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Kairiyama, E. [Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, Centro Atomico Ezeiza Presbitero Juan Gonzalez y Aragon No. 15, (B1802AYA) Ezeiza, Buenos Aires (Argentina)], E-mail: kairiyam@cae.cnea.gov.ar

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    Argentina produces 1.8 million tons/year of apples (Malus domestica L.) and pears (Pyrus communis L.) in the Patagonia region. Cydia pomonella, codling moth, and Grapholita molesta, Oriental fruit moth, (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) are quarantine pests in pome fruits. Irradiation is a promising phytosanitary treatment because a dose of 200 Gy completely prevents pest adult emergence. A pilot irradiation process of commercially packaged 'Red Delicious' apples and 'Packham's Triumph' pears was performed in an irradiation facility with a Cobalt 60 source. Quality analyses were carried out at 0, 2, 4, 6 and 8 months of storage (1 deg. C, RH 99%) to evaluate fruit tolerance at 200, 400 and 800 Gy. Irradiation at 200 and 400 Gy had no undesirable effects on fruit quality (pulp firmness, external colour, soluble solids content (SSC), titratable acidity (TA) and sensory evaluations). Irradiation of 'Red Delicious' apples and 'Packham's Triumph' pears can be applied as a commercial quarantine treatment with a minimum absorbed dose of 200 Gy (to control codling moth and Oriental fruit moth) and <800 Gy (according to quality results)

  4. Fresh fruits, vegetables and mushrooms as transmission vehicles for Echinococcus multilocularis in highly endemic areas of Poland: reply to concerns.

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    Lass, Anna; Szostakowska, Beata; Myjak, Przemysław; Korzeniewski, Krzysztof

    2016-09-01

    Echinococcus multilocularis is a tapeworm that may cause alveolar echinococcosis (AE), one of the most dangerous parasitic zoonoses. As in the case of other foodborne diseases, unwashed fruits and vegetables, contaminated with dispersed forms of E. multilocularis, may serve as an important transmission route for this parasite. In this article, we reply to the incorrect interpretation of results of our study concerning the detection of E. multilocularis DNA in fresh fruit, vegetable and mushroom samples collected from the highly endemic areas of the Warmia-Masuria Province, Poland, to dispel any doubts. The accusations formulated by the commentators concerning our paper are unfounded; moreover, these commentators demand information which was beyond the purview of our study. Making generalisations and drawing far-reaching conclusions from our work is also unjustified. The majority of positive samples were found in only a few hyperendemic communities; this information corresponds with the highest number of both infected foxes and AE cases in humans recorded in this area. Our findings indicate that E. multilocularis is present in the environment and may create a potential risk for the inhabitants. These people should simply be informed to wash fruits and vegetables before eating. No additional far-reaching conclusions should be drawn from our data. We believe these commentators needlessly misinterpreted our results and disseminated misleading information. Nevertheless, we would like to encourage any readers simply to contact us if any aspects of our study are unclear.

  5. Information and consumer perception of the "organic" attribute in fresh fruit and vegetables

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    Smed, Sinne

    2012-01-01

    Using a double hurdle model on panel data from 3,200 Danish households (monthly observations for 2002-2007), we study the effects of health-related media information on the demand for organic fruit and vegetables. We find that ‘negative’ information about pesticides contained in conventional frui...

  6. Effects of storage temperature and fruit ripening on firmness of fresh cut tomatoes

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    Moreira Lana, M.; Tijskens, L.M.M.; Kooten, van O.

    2005-01-01

    Tomato fruit (cultivar Belissimo) were harvested at three different stages of ripening, sliced and stored at at 2, 5, 8, 12 and 16 °C. Firmness was measured as the force necessary to cause a deformation of 3 mm, in the outer and the radial pericarp, daily or every two days, depending on the combinat

  7. FRUIT JUICES AS AN ALTERNATIVE TECHNIQUE FOR CONSERVATION OF FRESH-CUT BANANA

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    ANDERSON ADRIANO MARTINS MELO; LEONARDO THOMAZ DINIZ; ADRIANO DO NASCIMENTO SIMÕES; ROLF PUSCHMANN

    2014-01-01

    Browning discoloration after cutting is detrimental for the quality of a number of fruits and vegetables, such as banana, apple, pear, potato, and some roots such as cassava, yam, and others. Browning and softening compromise banana after cut shelf-life in a few hours under cold storage. Therefore, anti-browning compounds have been applied to slices before packing. Some commonly used substances are calcium chloride, ascorbic acid, cysteine and citric acid, in immersed inchemical mixtures. Rec...

  8. Total antioxidant and ascorbic acid content of fresh fruits and vegetables: implications for dietary planning and food preservation.

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    Szeto, Yim Tong; Tomlinson, Brian; Benzie, Iris F F

    2002-01-01

    Epidemiological evidence links high intake of ascorbic acid (AA) and other antioxidant micronutrients to health promotion. It would be useful to know the overall, or 'total' antioxidant capacity of foods, to establish the contribution of AA to this, and to assess how this information may translate into dietary intakes to meet the new US daily reference intake for AA. In this study, the total antioxidant capacity, as the ferric reducing-antioxidant power (FRAP) value, and AA content of thirty-four types of fruits and vegetables were measured using a modified version of the FRAP assay, known as FRASC. This measures AA (reduced form only) simultaneously with the FRAP value. Results covered a wide range: 880-15940 micromol/kg fresh wet weight and food production, preparation, preservation, and aid dietary choices to increase antioxidant and AA intake. Furthermore, FRASC will facilitate bioavailability studies of antioxidants from different foods of known antioxidant capacity and AA content.

  9. A study on the oil palm fresh fruit bunch (FFB) ripeness detection by using Hue, Saturation and Intensity (HSI) approach

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    Kashfi Shabdin, Muhammad; Shariff, Abdul Rashid Mohamed; Nazrul Azlan Johari, Mohd; Kamilah Saat, Nor; Abbas, Zulkifly

    2016-06-01

    To increase the quality of palm oil means to accurately grade the oil palm fresh fruit bunches (FFB) for processing. In this paper, HSI color model was used to determine the relationship between FFB ’ s color with the underipe and ripe category so that the grading system could be accurately done. From the analysis manipulation, a formula was generated and applied to the data obtained. The by linear regression in the data shows an average success rate at 45% accuracy for oil palm ripeness detection. Artificial Neural Network (ANN) however return a better accuracy result for both underipe and ripe categories which are 60% and 80% respectively. This yield an overall accuracy of 70%. This can be increased more by improving the grading system.

  10. Evaluation of Microleakage of RMGIC and Flowable Composite Immersed in Soft Drink and Fresh Fruit Juice: An in vitro Study.

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    C Maganur, Prabha Devi; Prabhakar, A R; S, Sugandhan; Namineni, Srinivas

    2010-01-01

    Aim : The objective of the study was to evaluate and compare the effect of a soft drink and a fresh fruit juice on the microleakage of flowable composite and resin modified glass lonomer cement (RMGIC). Methods and materials : 70 non-carious human premolars were collected and stored in saline until further use. Class-V cavities were prepared and restored with RMGIC on the buccal surface and flowable composite on the lingual surface for evaluating microleakage. The experimental groups (Group I and II ) comprised of 60 teeth, while the remaining 10 formed the control group (Group III-Water). The experimental groups were further divided into 2 groups (Group I-Cola drink and Group II-Fresh orange fruit juice) of 30 teeth each. Each group was then further divided into 3 subgroups (Short, Medium and Long-immersion) containing 10 teeth as shown in flow chart. Immersion regime was followed according to Maupome G et al and microleakage was evaluated by using Rhodamine B dye and examined under stereomicroscope. Results : Microleakage data obtained was statistically analyzed by Chi-square test. The teeth showed statistically significant microleakage as the immersion regime increased. Interpretation and Conclusion : Low pH soft drink caused highly significant microleakage at the tooth and restorative material interface in medium and high immersion regimes signifying that the leakage pattern was directly proportional to the number of immersions. Thus, the study conclusively proves that the 'sipping habit' associated with commonly available low pH beverages is detrimental to the longevity of restorations.

  11. Carbon footprint and energy use of food waste management options for fresh fruit and vegetables from supermarkets.

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    Eriksson, Mattias; Spångberg, Johanna

    2017-02-01

    Food waste is a problem with economic, environmental and social implications, making it both important and complex. Previous studies have addressed food waste management options at the less prioritised end of the waste hierarchy, but information on more prioritised levels is also needed when selecting the best available waste management options. Investigating the global warming potential and primary energy use of different waste management options offers a limited perspective, but is still important for validating impacts from the waste hierarchy in a local context. This study compared the effect on greenhouse gas emissions and primary energy use of different food waste management scenarios in the city of Växjö, Sweden. A life cycle assessment was performed for four waste management scenarios (incineration, anaerobic digestion, conversion and donation), using five food products (bananas, tomatoes, apples, oranges and sweet peppers) from the fresh fruit and vegetables department in two supermarkets as examples when treated as individual waste streams. For all five waste streams, the established waste hierarchy was a useful tool for prioritising the various options, since the re-use options (conversion and donation) reduced the greenhouse gas emissions and the primary energy use to a significantly higher degree than the energy recovery options (incineration and anaerobic digestion). The substitution of other products and services had a major impact on the results in all scenarios. Re-use scenarios where food was replaced therefore had much higher potential to reduce environmental impact than the energy recovery scenarios where fossil fuel was replaced. This is due to the high level of resources needed to produce food compared with production of fossil fuels, but also to fresh fruit and vegetables having a high water content, making them inefficient as energy carriers. Waste valorisation measures should therefore focus on directing each type of food to the waste

  12. Combination of hot-water surface pasteurization of whole fruit and low-dose gamma irradiation of fresh-cut cantaloupe.

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    Fan, Xuetong; Annous, Bassam A; Sokorai, Kimberly J B; Burke, Angela; Mattheis, James P

    2006-04-01

    Improvements in methods for disinfecting fresh-cut cantaloupe could reduce spoilage losses and reduce the risk of foodborne illness from human pathogen contamination. The objective of this study was to investigate the feasibility of using hot-water treatment in combination with low-dose irradiation to reduce native microbial populations while maintaining the quality of fresh-cut cantaloupe. Whole cantaloupes were washed in tap water at 20 or 76 degrees C for 3 min. Fresh-cut cantaloupe cubes, prepared from the washed fruit, were then packaged in clamshell containers, and half the samples were exposed to 0.5 kGy of gamma radiation. Native microflora populations and sensory qualities were evaluated during the subsequent 7 days of storage at 4 degrees C. The hot-water surface pasteurization reduced the microflora population by 3.3 log on the surface of whole fruits, resulting in a lower microbial load on the fresh-cut cubes compared with cubes cut from fruit treated with cold water. Irradiation of cubes prepared from untreated fruit to an absorbed dose of 0.5 kGy achieved a low microbial load similar to that of cubes prepared from hot-water-treated fruit. The combination of the two treatments was able to further reduce the microflora population. During storage, the headspace atmosphere of the packages was not significantly influenced by any of the treatments. Color, titratable acidity, pH, ascorbic acid, firmness, and drip loss were not consistently affected by treatment with irradiation, hot water, or the combination of the two. Cubes prepared from hot-water-treated whole fruit had slightly lower soluble solids content. The combination of hot-water pasteurization of whole cantaloupe and low-dose irradiation of packaged fresh-cut melon can reduce the population of native microflora while maintaining the quality of this product.

  13. Characterization and Antimicrobial Activity of Volatile Constituents from Fresh Fruits of Alchornea cordifolia and Canthium subcordatum

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    Emmanuel E. Essien

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Bacterial resistance has been increasingly reported worldwide and is one of the major causes of failure in the treatment of infectious diseases. Natural-based products, including plant secondary metabolites (phytochemicals, can be exploited to ameliorate the problem of microbial resistance. The fruit essential oils of Alchornea cordifolia and Canthium subcordatum were obtained by hydrodistillation and analyzed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS. The essential oils were subjected to in vitro antibacterial, antifungal and cytotoxic activity screening. Thirty-eight compounds comprising 97.7% of A. cordifolia oil and forty-six constituents representing 98.2% of C. subcordatum oil were identified. The major components in A. cordifolia oil were methyl salicylate (25.3%, citronellol (21.4%, α-phellandrene (7.4%, terpinolene (5.7% and 1,8-cineole (5.5%. Benzaldehyde (28.0%, β-caryophyllene (15.5%, (E,E-α-farnesene (5.3% and methyl salicylate (4.5% were the quantitatively significant constituents in C. subcordatum fruit essential oil. A. cordifolia essential oil demonstrated potent in vitro antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus (MIC = 78 μg/mL and marginal antifungal activity against Aspergillus niger (MIC = 156 μg/mL. C. subcordatum showed antibacterial activity against Bacillus cereus and S. aureus (MIC = 156 μg/mL and notable antifungal activity against A. niger (MIC = 39 μg/mL. However, no appreciable cytotoxic effects on human breast carcinoma cells (Hs 578T and human prostate carcinoma cells (PC-3 were observed for either essential oil. The antimicrobial activities of A. cordifolia and C. subcordatum fruit essential oils are a function of their distinct chemical profiles; their volatiles and biological activities are reported for the first time.

  14. Cancer-Related Constituents of Strawberry Jam as Compared with Fresh Fruit.

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    Flores, Gema; Ruiz Del Castillo, Maria Luisa

    2016-01-14

    The health awareness recently shown by consumers has led to a demand for health beneficial products. In particular, researchers are currently focusing their studies on the search for foods for cancer prevention activity. In the present work, we study comparatively the effect of two different processing methods on the contents of phenolic compounds (i.e., ellagic acid, myricetin, quercetin and kaempferol) with antioxidant and antitumor properties in strawberry jams. In turn, the results obtained were compared with those of unprocessed fruit. Additionally carcinogenic heat-induced compounds formed by the two jam making methods were evaluated. Decreases of total ellagic acid from 138.4 µg/g to 86.5 µg/g were measured in jam as compared with the intact fruit. Even higher losses of up to 90% of total flavonols were found in strawberry after the jam-making process. A comparison between the two processing methods proved shorter heating periods (around 60 min) even at temperatures as high as 100 °C enabled losses of antioxidant phenolics to be minimized. Carcinogenic heat-induced volatile compounds, mainly Maillard reaction products, were formed as a result of thermal treatment during jam processing. However, shorter heating periods also helped reduce the formation of these harmful compounds. These results are deeply discussed. From a practical standpoint, the processing conditions here proposed can be used by industry to obtain strawberry jam with higher content of antioxidant flavonoids and, at the same time, reduced amounts of carcinogenic compounds.

  15. 鲜切果蔬包装的研究现状与进展%Advance in packaging of fresh-cut fruit and vegetables

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    孙炳新; 杨金玲; 赵宏侠; 王晶晶; 吕长鑫; 冯叙桥

    2013-01-01

    Packaging plays an important role in maintaining the quality of,and extending the shelf life of fresh-cut fruit and vegetables.Advance in the studies and applications of packaging materials in relation with the packaging of fresh-cut fruit and vegetables in the last few years was reviewed and their development envisioned. Packaging technologies of fresh-cut fruit and vegetables were introduced, including the gas adjustment packaging,coating packing and intelligent packaging, and the advantages and disadvantages and application status were summarized.At last, the fresh - cut fruit and vegetables packaging development trends in the future were discussed.%包装在维持鲜切果蔬品质、延长货架寿命等方面发挥着重要的作用.本文综述了近年来国内外包装材料在鲜切果蔬保鲜方面的研究进展与应用.介绍了鲜切果蔬的包装技术,包括气调包装、涂膜包装和智能包装等,总结了其优缺点及应用现状,并且讨论了鲜切果蔬包装未来的发展趋势.

  16. Effect of electrical field strength applied by PEF processing and storage temperature on the outgrowth of yeasts and moulds naturally present in a fresh fruit smoothie

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    Timmermans, R.A.H.; Nederhoff, A.L.; Nierop Groot, M.N.; Boekel, van M.A.J.S.; Mastwijk, H.C.

    2016-01-01

    Pulsed electrical field (PEF) technology offers an alternative to thermal pasteurisation of high-acid fruit juices, by extending the shelf life of food products, while retaining its fresh taste and nutritional value. Substantial research has been performed on the effect of electrical field

  17. Comparative evaluation of the medicinal activities of methanolic extract of seeds, fruit pulps and fresh juice of Syzygium cumini in vitro

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    Full Text Available Objective: To establish the health benefits of Syzgium cumin to discover functional components present in the seeds, fruit pulps and fresh juice of this fruit grown in Bangladesh. Methods: Thin layer chromatography and ultra-violet spectroscopy were used to detect the presence of various types of compound in seeds and juice. Antioxidant effects were measured by DPPH scavenging assay and total reducing assay. Receptor binding activities was performed by hemagglutination inhibition assay. Anti-inflammatory assay and hydrogen peroxide induced hemolysis assay was also investigated. Disc diffusion assay was performed to show the antibacterial effect using Gram positive, Gram negative strains of bacteria and fungi. Results: Methanolic extract of the seeds showed stronger antioxidant, hydrogen peroxide induced hemolysis activities, hemagglutination inhibition activities and membrane stabilization activities than those of fresh juice. However, fresh juice showed stronger antibacterial and antifungal activities than those of methanolic seed extract. The seed contains higher amount of polyphenols and flavanoids than those of fruit juice. Conclusions: Therefore, fruit juice, fruit pulp and seed of Syzygium cumini contain medicinal active components in different ratios.

  18. Carotenoids and lycopene content in fresh and dried tomato fruits and tomato juice

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    Andrea Mendelová

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    Full Text Available Important component of the tomato are carotenoid dyes, especially lycopene. The importance of lycopene in the diet of people in recent years has grown mainly for its pharmacological effects due to its ability to reduce the risk of carcinoma diseases and prevention of cardiovascular diseases. The aim of this work was to analyze the content of total carotenoids and lycopene in 8 varieties of tomato and to monitor dynamic changes after their different treatments (heating, drying. The experiment included following tomato varieties: Bambino F1, Darina F1, Diana F1, Denár, Milica F1, Orange F1, Paulína F1, Šejk F1.We found that processing of tomato fruits into juices and dried slices positively affected the presence of carotenoids and lycopene. Processing leads to an increase in the content of carotenoids that can be attributed to better availability of these components in the human body.

  19. [Fresh fruit and occultism as ways to salvation: conversions in Leipzig's alternative culture at around 1900].

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    2008-01-01

    During the time of the Wilhelmine Empire, there were multiple interdependencies between adherents of the life reform movement (vegetarians, naturopathists, nudists, etc.) and new religious movements such as esoteric groups like the theosophists in the alternative cultural milieu around 1900. These networks became visible in the form of double memberships in associations. However, there were also ambiguous affiliations, migration between groups and syncretistic beliefs without institutional belonging. The similarity between patterns of argumentation for this specific lifestyle and the congruence of chosen goals, ways and goods of salvation become particularly clear in this context. These forms of "methodical lifestyle" may lead to the development of a specific ethos or habitus (Max Weber). To illustrate these processes, this article analyses the report of a Leipzig lady who ate raw fruits and vegetables only, and examines her broader social context. Thereby the analysis will employ sociological theories of conversion to explain the case of Hedwig Bresch.

  20. The Practices of Contract Farming Among Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Suppliers in Malaysia

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    Full Text Available Problem statement: Contract Farming (CF concept is an agreement between buyers and producers, where by producers agree to produce and supply agriculture products according to the agreed quantity, quality, variety, grade, type of packaging and time of delivery. The two parties will mutually agree on the pricing of product, either on a contract price or a market price. Therefore, CF is seen as a tool for fostering smallholder participation in new high-value product markets and improving quality standards, thus increasing and stabilizing smallholder incomes. In Malaysia, CF has been identified as a system capable of stimulating agricultural production and was given a central role in the latest strategy by government to improve the vegetable and fruit production. Approach: The overall objective of this study was to examine CF as the new marketing practice among selected vegetable and fruit suppliers. The specific objectives of the study were: (1 to examine the respondents perception towards CF; (2 to identify respondents practices toward the CF and (3 to suggest a policy to ensure the sustainability of CF. Results: Out of 208 of the total respondents selected in the study, 41 suppliers were involved in CF. The data were analyzed using SPSS to describe the respondents profile and current supply chain practices. At present, the suppliers have a contract agreement with Federal Agriculture Marketing Authority (FAMA and FAMA has a contract agreement with Hypermarkets. It is presumed that there is a new supply chain network but the contract was not according to the FAO definition. The production and marketing contracts exist in non-formal or mainly verbal agreement. The production contract respondents also did not follow the criteria of CF. Conclusion: Because of this, all the non-formal production contracts in this survey are categorized into marketing contracts. This study concludes with the absence of proper farming contract between farmers and

  1. 78 FR 13304 - Notice of Decision To Issue Permits for the Importation of Strawberry Fruit From Egypt Into the...

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    2013-02-27

    ... Strawberry Fruit From Egypt Into the Continental United States AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection... permits for the importation into the continental United States of fresh strawberry fruit from Egypt. Based... weeds via the importation of fresh strawberry fruit from Egypt. DATES: Effective Date: February 27,...

  2. Severe encephalopathy after ingestion of star fruit juice in a patient with chronic renal failure admitted to the intensive care unit.

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    Auxiliadora-Martins, Maria; Alkmin Teixeira, Gil Cezar; da Silva, Graciana Soares; Viana, Jaciara Machado; Nicolini, Edson Antônio; Martins-Filho, Olindo Assis; Basile-Filho, Anibal

    2010-01-01

    Star fruit (Averrhoa carambola) is a popular tropical fruit that is usually consumed as fresh fruit or fruit juice. Consumption of star fruit by patients with chronic renal failure can lead to neurologic symptoms. The present report describes the clinical course, management, and outcome of a patient with chronic renal failure admitted to an intensive care unit after ingestion of star fruit juice 2 days before hospital admission. A case of nausea, vomiting, intractable hiccups, and severe encephalopathy along with mental confusion, disorientation, agitation, and seizures in a 53-year-old woman is presented. The patient's ventilatory pattern worsened, with development of dyspnea and tachypnea, which resulted in her transfer to an intensive care unit. Although hemodialysis was performed and the septic shock was adequately treated, the patient died on the fifth day after hospital admission. The susceptibility of patients with chronic renal failure to star fruit and the severity of intoxication are poorly known by intensivists. This case demonstrates that star fruit consumption should be considered as a cause of rapid deterioration in the renal function of patients with underlying chronic renal failure, potentially resulting in a fatal outcome.

  3. Enhancing safety and aroma appealing of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables using the antimicrobial and aromatic power of essential oils.

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    Ayala-Zavala, J Fernando; González-Aguilar, Gustavo A; del-Toro-Sánchez, L

    2009-09-01

    Microbial and aroma attributes are within the most decisive factors limiting safety and sensory appealing of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. Alternatively, several plant essential oils (EOs) are constituted of several volatile active compounds and most of them present antimicrobial potential and had different aroma profile. Considering these premises, this hypothesis article states that safety and aroma appealing of fresh-cut produce could be improved with EO treatment. EOs could prevent fresh-cut fruit decay; however, their volatile constituents could be sorbed by the produce, and according to the aroma notes of the antimicrobial oil, sensorial appealing of odor, and flavor of the treated produce might be affected positively or negatively. Specifically, garlic oil is a natural antimicrobial constituted by sulfur compounds, which are responsible for its odor and antimicrobial properties. Besides, fresh-cut tomato is a highly perishable product that needs antimicrobial agents to preserve its quality and safety for a longer period of time. From the sensorial point of view, aroma combination of garlic and tomato is a common seasoning practice in Europe and America and well accepted by consumers. Once the right combination of flavors between the EOs and the fresh-cut produce has been selected, safety and quality of the treated fruit could be improved by adding antimicrobial protection and extra aroma. Therefore, other combinations between EOs and fresh-cut produce are discussed. This approximation could reinforce the trends of natural food preservation, accomplishing the demands of the increasing sector of consumers demanding tasty and convenient fresh-cut produce, containing only natural ingredients.

  4. 77 FR 43234 - Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

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    ... Safety, Unites States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), are... Secretary for Food Safety and AMS recognize the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity... Further Information About the 17th Session of the CCFFV Contact: Dorian Lafond, Agricultural...

  5. Psychoneuropharmacological activities and chemical composition of essential oil of fresh fruits of Piper guineense (Piperaceae) in mice.

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    Oyemitan, Idris Ajayi; Olayera, Omotola Aanuoluwa; Alabi, Akeeb; Abass, Luqman Adewale; Elusiyan, Christianah Abimbola; Oyedeji, Adebola Omowumi; Akanmu, Moses Atanda

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    Piper guineense Schum & Thonn (Piperaceae) is a medicinal plant used in the Southern States of Nigeria to treat fever, mental disorders and febrile convulsions. This study aims at determining the chemical composition and the central nervous system (CNS) activities of the essential oil obtained from the plant׳s fresh fruits in order to rationalize its folkloric use. Essential oil of P. guineense (EOPG) obtained by hydrodistillation was analysed by GC/MS. EOPG (50-200mg/kg, i.p.) was evaluated for behavioural, hypothermic, sedative, muscle relaxant, anti-psychotic and anticonvulsant activities using standard procedures. Analysis of the oil reveals 44 compounds of which 30 compounds constituting 84.7% were identified. The oil was characterized by sesquiterpenoids (64.4%) while only four monoterpeneoids (21.3%) were found present in the oil. Major compounds identified were β-sesquiphellandrene (20.9%), linalool (6.1%), limonene (5.8%), Z-β-bisabolene (5.4%) and α-pinene (5.3%). The EOPG (50-200mg/kg, i.p.) caused significant (p<0.01) inhibition on rearing {F(4,20)=43}, locomotor {F(4,20)=22} activity and decreased head dips in hole board {F(4,20)=7} indicating CNS depressant effect; decreased rectal temperature {F(4,20)=7-16}, signifying hypothermic activity; decreased ketamine-induced sleep latency {F(4,20)=7.8} and prolonged total sleeping time {F(4,20)=8.8}, indicating sedative effect; reduced muscular tone on the hind-limb grip test {F(4,20)=22}, inclined board {F(4,20)=4-49} and rota rod {F(4,20)=13-106}, implying muscle relaxant activity; induced catalepsy {F(4,20)=47-136}, inhibited apomorphine-induced climbing behaviour {F(4,20)=9} and inhibited apomorphine-induced locomotor {F(4,20)=16}, suggesting anti-psychotic effect; and protected mice against pentylenetetrazole-induced convulsions, indicating anticonvulsant potential. The most abundant component of the fresh fruits essential oil of P. guineense was β-sesquiphellandrene (20.9%); and the oil possesses

  6. 76 FR 61340 - Notice of Decision To Authorize the Importation of Fresh Apricot, Sweet Cherry, and Plumcot Fruit...

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    ... fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata) in accordance with 7 CFR part 305. Each consignment of fruit is subject... plumcots must be cold treated for fruit flies (Ceratitis spp.) and false codling moth (Thaumatotibia...

  7. Optical Characteristics of Oil Palm Fresh Fruits Bunch (FFB Under Three Spectrum Regions Influence for Harvest Decision

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    Cherie Dinah

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In current practice, appearance was used to determine ripeness for oil palm fresh fruits bunch (FFB, that accompanied by detachment of fruit-lets from the bunch. The FFB from marihat clone harvested at five ripeness stages, under ripeness (F0, ripeness (F1, F2, F3, and over ripeness (F4. At every ripeness stages, differences of oil content and pigment accumulation were observed on the bunch. All samples recorded using a digital camera (10 Mpixel from 2, 7, 10, and 15 meter distance, simulating variation of light intensity upon recording. During image recording, three lighting were used, namely ultraviolet lamp (320-380 nm, visible light lamp (400-700 nm and infrared lamp (720-1100 nm, all have similar power output of 600watt. Camera point of view was set to cover a square area of 12,5cm by 12,5cm of the frontal area of FFB, each picture produced has 3888 by 2952 pixel. Image processing software created to extract digital RGB information from the images, and displayed the information in histogram. From the experiment, it was observed that the changes of intensity influence the RGB value of recorded image with reverse correlation, and longer wave light spectrum produce smaller RGB value.  The correlation model among image recording distance and RGB of the image display similar nature.  From three color channels, G represents better correlation for sample’s oil content determination.  Using UV and visible lighting, the FFB samples may be determined for harvest decision, up to seven meter observation distance.

  8. Prevalence and Characteristics of Salmonella Serotypes Isolated from Fresh Produce Marketed in the United States.

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    Reddy, Shanker P; Wang, Hua; Adams, Jennifer K; Feng, Peter C H

    2016-01-01

    Salmonella continues to rank as one of the most costly foodborne pathogens, and more illnesses are now associated with the consumption of fresh produce. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Microbiological Data Program (MDP) sampled select commodities of fresh fruit and vegetables and tested them for Salmonella, pathogenic Escherichia coli, and Listeria. The Salmonella strains isolated were further characterized by serotype, antimicrobial resistance, and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis profile. This article summarizes the Salmonella data collected by the MDP between 2002 and 2012. The results show that the rates of Salmonella prevalence ranged from absent to 0.34% in cilantro. A total of 152 isolates consisting of over 50 different serotypes were isolated from the various produce types, and the top five were Salmonella enterica serotype Cubana, S. enterica subspecies arizonae (subsp. IIIa) and diarizonae (subsp. IIIb), and S. enterica serotypes Newport, Javiana, and Infantis. Among these, Salmonella serotypes Newport and Javiana are also listed among the top five Salmonella serotypes that caused most foodborne outbreaks. Other serotypes that are frequent causes of infection, such as S. enterica serotypes Typhimurium and Enteritidis, were also found in fresh produce but were not prevalent. About 25% of the MDP samples were imported produce, including 65% of green onions, 44% of tomatoes, 42% of hot peppers, and 41% of cantaloupes. However, imported produce did not show higher numbers of Salmonella-positive samples, and in some products, like cilantro, all of the Salmonella isolates were from domestic samples. About 6.5% of the Salmonella isolates were resistant to the antimicrobial compounds tested, but no single commodity or serotype was found to be the most common carrier of resistant strains or of resistance. The pulsed-field gel electrophoresis profiles of the produce isolates showed similarities with Salmonella isolates from meat samples and from outbreaks, but

  9. Belgian and Spanish consumption data and consumer handling practices for fresh fruits and vegetables useful for further microbiological and chemical exposure assessment.

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    Jacxsens, L; Ibañez, I Castro; Gómez-López, V M; Fernandes, J Araujo; Allende, A; Uyttendaele, M; Huybrechts, I

    2015-04-01

    A consumer survey was organized in Spain and Belgium to obtain consumption data and to gain insight into consumer handling practices for fresh vegetables consumed raw or minimally processed (i.e., heads of leafy greens, bell peppers, tomatoes, fresh herbs, and precut and packed leafy greens) and fruits to be consumed without peeling (i.e., apples, grapes, strawberries, raspberries, other berries, fresh juices, and precut mixed fruit). This information can be used for microbiological and/or chemical food safety research. After extensive cleanup of rough databases for missing and extreme values and age correction, information from 583 respondents from Spain and 1,605 respondents from Belgium (18 to 65 years of age) was retained. Daily intake (grams per day) was calculated taking into account frequency and seasonality of consumption, and distributions were obtained that can be used in quantitative risk assessment for chemical hazards with chronic effects on human health. Data also were recalculated to obtain discrete distributions of consumption per portion and the corresponding frequency of consumption, which can be used in acute microbiological risk assessment or outbreak investigations. The ranked median daily consumption of fruits and vegetables was similar in Spain and Belgium: apple > strawberry > grapes > strawberries and raspberries; and tomatoes > leafy greens > bell peppers > fresh herbs. However, vegetable consumption was higher (in terms of both portion and frequency of consumption) in Spain than in Belgium, whereas the opposite was found for fruit consumption. Regarding consumer handling practices related to storage time and method, Belgian consumers less frequently stored their fresh produce in a refrigerator and did so for shorter times compared with Spanish consumers. Washing practices for lettuce heads and packed leafy greens also were different. The survey revealed differences between these two countries in consumption and consumer handling practices

  10. Towards Sustainable Green Production: Exploring Automated Grading for Oil Palm Fresh Fruit Bunches (FFB Using Machine Vision and Spectral Analysis

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    Muhammad Makky

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Over the last decade, Indonesian palm oil industry has become a leading producer of the world, and been able to generatenotable foreign export reserves. In spite of this, problems still persist in this industry, including low productivity due to mishandling of raw material in post-harvest operations. One of the prime causes of this is manual grading/sorting of fresh fruit bunches, which is prone to error and misjudgement, as well as subjectivity. High demand of oil palm establishes its high price in world market, which drives the industry to expand its plantation area to increase production. Ultimately, it compromise forests and agricultural land, resulting stagnation or decline in several food products. Alternatively, before expanding plantation extent, oil extraction productivity of existing plantation can be improved by carefully selecting appropriate FFBs for post-harvest processing through introduction of automation. The use of machine vision and spectral analysis has shown to assist productivity of agricultural processing industry. This study employs automation technology for FFB grading in oil palm mills, resulting in improved raw material quality, thereby increasing the oil extraction productivity, and simultaneously contributing to partly release the pressure of deforestation by maintaining green agricultural areas.

  11. A novel alkaline protease with antiproliferative activity from fresh fruiting bodies of the toxic wild mushroom Amanita farinosa.

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    Sun, Jian; Zhao, Yongchang; Chai, Hongmei; Wang, Hexiang; Ng, Tzi Bun

    2011-01-01

    A novel protease with a molecular mass of 15 kDa was purified from fresh fruiting bodies of the wild mushroom Amanita farinosa. The purification protocol entailed anion exchange chromatography on DEAE-cellulose, affinity chromatography on Affi-gel blue gel, cation exchange chromatography on SP-Sepharose, and gel filtration by fast protein liquid chromatography on Superdex 75. The protease was unadsorbed on DEAE-cellulose but adsorbed on Affi-gel blue gel and SP-Sepharose. It demonstrated a single 15-kDa band in sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS/PAGE) and a 15-kDa peak in gel filtration. The optimal pH and optimal temperature of the protease were pH 8.0 and 65 °C, respectively. Proliferation of human hepatoma HepG2 cells was inhibited by the protease with an IC(50) of 25 µM. The protease did not have antifungal or ribonuclease activity.

  12. The evaluation of fifteen spineless prickly pear cultivars (Opuntia ficus-indica (L. Mill. for fresh fruit production in the Pretoria region

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    Full Text Available Fifteen spineless prickly pear cultivars (Opuntia ficus-indica were evaluated for three successive seasons at the University of Pretoria Research Farm. Yields were recorded and external and internal fruit quality factors were identified and considered. Following this investigation, minimum standards were suggested and the cultivars under review were compared. The cultivars Morado, Algerian, Fusicaulis van Heerden, Fresno, Mexican and Nudosa met all or most of the standards set. It is concluded that for fresh fruit production these cultivars are best suited for planting in the Pretoria region and in areas with similar climatic conditions.

  13. Assessment of the Microbiological Safety of Precut Fruit from Retail and Catering Premises in the United Kingdom.

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    Willis, Caroline; McLauchlin, Jim; Amar, Corinne; Sadler-Reeves, Lorraine; Elviss, Nicola; Aird, Heather; Fox, Andrew; Kaye, Moira

    2016-04-01

    Fresh fruit has been associated with a number of foodborne outbreaks in recent years. In particular, a large outbreak of listeriosis in the United States in 2011 was associated with consumption of cantaloupe melon, and an outbreak of Salmonella Newport in the United Kingdom and Europe (also in 2011) was linked to watermelon consumption. A study of precut fruit products from catering and retail premises in the United Kingdom was, therefore, carried out to assess their microbiological safety. Between January and March 2012, samples (1,188) of ready-to-eat precut fruit were collected from retail and catering premises in the United Kingdom, and 99% were of satisfactory microbiological quality. However, four samples (0.3%) were of an unsatisfactory quality (one with 800 CFU/g Listeria monocytogenes and three with >100 CFU/g Escherichia coli), and five samples (0.4%) were of a borderline quality owing to the presence of E. coli (two samples with a level of 20 CFU/g), Staphylococcus aureus (two samples with levels of >50 CFU/g), or L. monocytogenes (one sample with a level of 80 CFU/g). L. monocytogenes or other Listeria species were detected in a further 54 samples (4.5%) at levels below the threshold considered to be borderline or unsatisfactory. A significantly larger proportion of samples from one national supermarket chain was contaminated with L. monocytogenes than other supermarkets, and two types were, in this study, unique to this supermarket. This study shows that overall, the microbiological quality of ready-to-eat precut fruit was good. However, the presence of Listeria species in 5% of samples highlights the need for good hygiene during preparation and satisfactory temperature and time control during storage of these food products.

  14. How do fruit and vegetables freshly reach the consumer?; Ernte gut - alles gut? Wie kommen Gemuese und Fruechte frisch zum Verbraucher?

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    Willging, Claudia

    2011-08-15

    Refrigerating and storing fruit and vegetables very often technical aspects come to the fore. As nowadays the awareness of the consumer has increased as well as energy has become costly, ecological efficiency plays a major role on buying behaviour. Especially in supermarkets there must be made compromises between the technically feasible and the appealing presentation of a variegated pallet of fresh products for the consumer. Vegetable products have the most different needs towards their environment. The producer already has to face a lot of effort to keep fruit and vegetables fresh as long as possible. Also after harvest it is very important to understand the physiological processes inside the plant and to act according to these principles. (orig.)

  15. Evaluation of anti-epileptic activity of fresh fruit juice of Moringa oleifera against maximal electroshock (M.E.S and Picrotoxin (PTX induced convulsions in mice.

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    Full Text Available Moringa oleifera (Moringaecea are used in Indian traditional medicine and in folklore for many diseases and extensively used as CNS depressant traditionally. The interesting things of this plant are each part of Moringa oleifera is used as medicines. The present work has been carried out to evaluate the anti-epileptic activity of fresh fruit juice of Moringa oleifera against maximal electroshock (M.E.S and Picrotoxin (PTX induced convulsions in mice at different dose level (100ml/kg. p.o & 50ml/kg. p.o. Diazepam (5mg/kg. p.o and Phenytoin (25mg/kg. i.p were used as reference standard drugs. The data obtained indicates that the fresh fruit juice of Moringa oleifera at the dose of (50ml/kg p.o & 100ml/kg p.o shows anticonvulsant activity against Maximal electroshock and Picrotoxin induced convulsion in mice.

  16. Quality Of Cloudy Plum Juice Produced From Fresh Fruit Of Prunus Domestica L. – The Effect Of Cultivar And Enzyme Treatment

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    Zbrzeźniak Monika; Nordlund Emilia; Mieszczakowska-Frąc Monika; Płocharski Witold; Konopacka Dorota

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    The quality of cloudy juices produced from two plum cultivars varied in chemical characteristics and native polyphenol oxidase (PPO) activity, and was studied in relation to specific pectinolytic activity of enzyme preparations used for fresh fruit maceration before pressing. Process effectiveness expressed as juice yield, turbidity and the rate of transfer of anthocyanins and polyphenols were determined for five different enzyme preparations, whose activity was also analysed. Juice yields ob...

  17. 75 FR 6344 - Notice of Availability of Pest Risk Analyses for Importation of Fresh Figs, Pomegranates, and...

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    ... of Fresh Figs, Pomegranates, and Baby Kiwi from Chile into the United States AGENCY: Animal and Plant... with respect to fresh baby kiwi fruit grown in Chile. The analyses evaluate the risks associated with the importation into the continental United States of fresh figs, pomegranates, and baby kiwi...

  18. The Change4Life convenience store programme to increase retail access to fresh fruit and vegetables: a mixed methods process evaluation.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Consumption of fruit and vegetables is important for health, but is often lower than recommended and tends to be socio-economically patterned with lower consumption in more deprived groups. In 2008, the English Department of Health introduced the Change4Life convenience store programme. This aimed to increase retail access to fresh fruit and vegetables in deprived, urban areas by providing existing convenience stores with a range of support and branded point-of-sale materials and equipment. METHODS: We undertook a mixed-methods study of the Change4Life convenience store programme in the North East of England around two years after initial implementation. Store mapping (n = 87; 100% stores and systematic in-store observations (n = 74; 85% stores provided information on intervention fidelity; the variety, purchase price and quality of fresh fruit and vegetables on sale; and purchase price compared to a major supermarket. Ten qualitative interviews with a purposive sample of retailers and other professionals explored experiences of the intervention and provided further insight on quantitative results. RESULTS: Intervention stores were primarily located in socio-economically disadvantaged areas. Fidelity, in terms of presence of branded materials and equipment, was low and much was not being used as intended. Fresh fruit and vegetables on sale were of high quality and had a purchase price around 10% more than comparable products at a major supermarket. Interviewees were supportive of the health improvement aim of the intervention. Retailers were appreciative of part-funding for chill cabinets and free point-of-sale materials. The intervention suffered from: poor initial and on-going communication between the intervention delivery team and retailers; poor availability of replacement point-of-sale materials; and failure to cement intended links with health workers and community organisations. CONCLUSIONS: Overall, intervention fidelity was

  19. Survival and growth of Cronobacter sakazakii on fresh-cut fruit and the effect of UV-C illumination and electrolyzed water in the reduction of its population.

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    Santo, David; Graça, Ana; Nunes, Carla; Quintas, Célia

    2016-08-16

    Cronobacter sakazakii, found in foods such as powdered infant formula and plant origin ready-to-eat food, is an opportunistic pathogen to infants, neonates and vulnerable adults. The objective of this study was to monitor the growth of C. sakazakii in fresh-cut 'Royal gala' apple, 'Rocha' pear, and 'Piel de sapo' melon, and the effect of UV-C illumination, acidic electrolyzed water (AEW) and neutral electrolyzed water (NEW) in the reduction of its population. Fresh-cut fruits were inoculated and incubated at different temperatures during 10days while monitoring C. sakazakii. The inhibitory activity of different doses of UV-C (0-10kJ.m(2)), electrolyzed water and sodium hypochlorite (SH) (100ppm chlorine) was evaluated on the fruits inoculated with C. sakazakii. The bacterium showed a significant growth in the fruits at 12 and 20°C, but did not grow at 4°C, despite having survived for 10days. At 8°C, adaptation phases of 0.6-3.9days were estimated in the fruits before exponential growth. The UV-C 7.5 and 10kJ/m(2) produced greater C. sakazakii population decreases (2-2.4logcfu/g) than AEW (1.3-1.8logcfu/g), NEW (1-1.2logcfu/g) and SH (0.8-1.4logcfu/g). The UV-C decontamination system and refrigeration at 4°C, may contribute to the product's safety and quality. The results help better understand the behavior of C. sakazakii on fresh-cut fruit alerting producers of the necessity to respect the high hygienic practices, adequate refrigerating temperature maintenance and caution with the tendency to prolong the validity of this kind of ready-to-eat food. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Camera-Vision Based Oil Content Prediction for Oil Palm (Elaeis Guineensis Jacq Fresh Fruits Bunch at Various Recording Distances

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    Dinah Cherie

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the correlation between oil palm fresh fruits bunch (FFB appearance and its oil content (OC was explored. FFB samples were recorded from various distance (2, 7, and 10 m with different lighting spectrums and configurations (Ultraviolet: 280-380nm, Visible: 400-700nm, and Infrared: 720-1100nm and intensities (600watt and 1000watt lamps to explore the correlations. The recorded FFB images were segmented and its color features were subsequently extracted to be used as input variables for modeling the OC of the FFB. In this study, four developed models were selected to perform oil content prediction (OCP for intact FFBs. These models were selected based on their validity and accuracy upon performing the OCP. Models were developed using Multi-Linear-Perceptron-Artificial-Neural-Network (MLP-ANN methods, employing 10 hidden layers and 15 images features as input variables. Statistical engineering software was used to create the models. Although the number of FFB samples in this study was limited, four models were successfully developed to predict intact FFB’s OC, based on its images’ color features. Three OCP models developed for image recording from 10 m under UV, Vis2, and IR2 lighting configurations. Another model was successfully developed for short range imaging (2m under IR2 light. The coefficient of correlation for each model when validated was 0.816, 0.902, 0.919, and 0.886, respectively. For bias and error, these selected models obtained root-mean-square error (RMSE of 1.803, 0.753, 0.607, and 1.104, respectively.

  1. Fungal infections of fresh-cut fruit can be detected by the gas chromatography-mass spectrometric identification of microbial volatile organic compounds.

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    Lloyd, Steven W; Grimm, Casey C; Klich, Maren A; Beltz, Shannon B

    2005-06-01

    There is a large and rapidly growing market for fresh-cut fruit. Microbial volatile organic compounds indicate the presence of fungal or bacterial contamination in fruit. In order to determine whether microbial volatile organic compounds can be used to detect contamination before fruit becomes unmarketable, pieces of cantaloupe, apple, pineapple, and orange were inoculated with a variety of fungal species, incubated at 25 degrees C, then sealed in glass vials. The volatiles were extracted by headspace solid-phase microextraction and analyzed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Forty-five compounds were identified that might serve as unique identifiers of fungal contamination. Fungal contamination can be detected as early as 24 h after inoculation.

  2. La United Fruit Company en Cuba: Organización del trabajo y resistencia obrera

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    Oscar Zanetti Lecuona Lecuona

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available En Cuba la United Fruit actuó como una empresa azucarera, situación hasta cierto punto excepcional dentro de la especialización bananera que trazó el perfil de esa empresa a escala continental. El estudio que aquí se propone sobre las prácticas de la Compañía en Cuba, en particular respecto a su manejo de la fuerza de trabajo y las relaciones laborales, contribuye a esclarecer algunas constantes de la conducta empresarial de la United en sus diferentes ámbitos de operación.Palabras Clave: Cuba; United Fruit Company; trabajadores; condiciones de trabajo; relaciones laborales. The United Fruit Company in Cuba: Work organization and labor resistanceAbstractIn Cuba, the United Fruit Company was a sugar company, a situation to some extent exceptional in the banana profile of this company. The analysis of the practices of the United Fruit in Cuba, in particular with regard to its handling of the labor force and of labor relations, will contribute to a better knowledge of the entrepreneurial behavior of this company in its different areas of operations.Keywords: Cuba; United Fruit Company; workers; labor conditions; labor relations.

  3. EnviroAtlas - Fruit and vegetable crops for the Conterminous United States

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — This EnviroAtlas dataset includes data on the area, yield, and number of fruit and vegetable crops grown per 12-digit Hydrologic Unit (HUC) in the conterminous USA....

  4. The ideal oxygen/nitrous oxide fresh gas flow sequence with the Anesthesia Delivery Unit machine.

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    Hendrickx, Jan F A; Cardinael, Sara; Carette, Rik; Lemmens, Hendrikus J M; De Wolf, Andre M

    2007-06-01

    To determine whether early reduction of oxygen and nitrous oxide fresh gas flow from 6 L/min to 0.7 L/min could be accomplished while maintaining end-expired nitrous oxide concentration > or =50% with an Anesthesia Delivery Unit anesthesia machine. Prospective, randomized clinical study. Large teaching hospital in Belgium. 53 ASA physical status I and II patients requiring general endotracheal anesthesia and controlled mechanical ventilation. Patients were randomly assigned to one of 4 groups depending on the duration of high oxygen/nitrous oxide fresh gas flow (two and 4 L/min, respectively) before lowering total fresh gas flow to 0.7 L/min (0.3 and 0.4 L/min oxygen and nitrous oxide, respectively): one, two, three, or 5 minutes (1-minute group, 2-minute group, 3-minute group, and 5-minute group), with n = 10, 12, 13, and 8, respectively. The course of the end-expired nitrous oxide concentration and bellows volume deficit at end-expiration was compared among the 4 groups during the first 30 minutes. At the end of the high-flow period the end-expired nitrous oxide concentration was 35.6 +/- 6.2%, 48.4 +/- 4.8%, 53.7 +/- 8.7%, and 57.3 +/- 1.6% in the 4 groups, respectively. Thereafter, the end-expired nitrous oxide concentration decreased to a nadir of 36.1 +/- 4.5%, 45.4 +/- 3.8%, 50.9 +/- 6.1%, and 55.4 +/- 2.8% after three, 4, 6, and 8 minutes after flows were lowered in the 1- to 5-minute groups, respectively. A decrease in bellows volume was observed in most patients, but was most pronounced in the 2-minute group. The bellows volume deficit gradually faded within 15 to 20 minutes in all 4 groups. A 3-minute high-flow period (oxygen and nitrous oxide fresh gas flow of 2 and 4 L/min, respectively) suffices to attain and maintain end-expired nitrous oxide concentration > or =50% and ensures an adequate bellows volume during the ensuing low-flow period.

  5. Tree-Fruit Production. An Instructional Unit for Teachers of Adult Vocational Education in Agriculture.

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    O'Bryan, Robert C.; Iverson, Maynard J.

    Designed as a guide for teachers in planning and conducting young and adult farmer classes, the unit covers the basic areas of tree-fruit production. The format of the 10-lesson unit allows for the utilization of the problem-solving and discussion methods of teaching. The major objective of the unit is to develop the ability to effectively…

  6. Research advances in biological preservatives of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables%鲜切果蔬中生物保鲜剂的研究进展

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    董妍; 胡文忠; 姜爱丽

    2015-01-01

    随着人们对食品质量与安全的要求日益提高,鲜切果蔬保鲜技术迅速发展,生物保鲜剂因具有安全、高效等特点成为鲜切果蔬保鲜的研究热点。鲜切果蔬经分级、清洗、修整、去皮、切分、保鲜、包装等过程处理后,机械损伤、生理代谢、病原微生物污染等问题会引起鲜切果蔬腐烂、品质下降,给鲜活农产品的经济贸易带来了巨大损失,并对人类生命安全造成了重大威胁,因此本文综述了温度、气体环境、生理生化反应、微生物等几项能够导致鲜切果蔬褐变腐烂、品质下降的重要影响因素;总结了3种生物保鲜剂在鲜切果蔬保鲜中的应用,包括植物类天然保鲜剂、动物类天然保鲜剂和微生物保鲜剂;讨论了生物保鲜剂的不足,并对今后生物保鲜剂的发展进行了展望。%As the requirements of food quality and safety increasing, the preservation technology of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables are developed rapidly. Biological preservatives with safe, efficient and other characteristics becomes the hotspot of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. Fresh-cut fruits and vegetables are processed with cleaning, trimming, peeling, cutting, and so on. In this process, mechanical damage, physiological metabolism, pathogen infection and other problems can cause decay and quality decline of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. This has brought a huge loss to the economy and trade of fresh agricultural products, and this is also harmful for human health. This paper reviewed several important factors such as temperature, gas environment, physiological and biochemical reactions, microbial, which could cause browning, decay and poor quality of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, and the application of biological preservatives on fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, including botanical natural preservatives, animal natural preservatives and microbial natural preservatives. Finally this paper

  7. Perspective: clinical communication education in the United Kingdom: some fresh insights.

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    Brown, Jo

    2012-08-01

    Clinical communication education is now part of the core curriculum of every medical school in the United Kingdom and the United States. It has emerged over 30 years because of various societal, political, and policy drivers and is supported by an impressive evidence base.For a variety of reasons, however, clinical communication has become separated from other parts of medical education and tends to be positioned in the early years of the curriculum, when students have limited experience of being in the clinical workplace and working with patients. The teachers of clinical communication, whether medical-school-based or clinically based, may not share learning goals for the subject and this may, therefore, provide a disintegrated learning experience for students.Clinical communication teachers need to inject fresh thinking into the teaching and learning of the subject to unite it with clinical practice in the authentic clinical workplace. Engaging with theories of workplace learning, which aim to overcome the theory/practice gap in vocational education, may be the way forward. The author suggests various ways that this might be achieved-for example, by situating clinical communication education throughout the whole undergraduate curriculum, by integrating the topic of clinical communication with other areas of medical education, by developing coteaching and curriculum design partnerships between medical school and clinical workplace, and by developing a greater range of postgraduate education that offers opportunities for professional development in clinical communication for qualified doctors that is complementary with what is taught in undergraduate education.

  8. 77 FR 22510 - Importation of Fresh Bananas From the Philippines Into the Continental United States

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    2012-04-16

    ... commercial consignments, monitoring of fruit flies to establish low- prevalence places of production... (Dymicoccus neobrevipes) Coffee root (Geococcus coffeae) Hibiscus (Maconellicoccus hirsutus) Coffee..., monitoring, and oversight of places of production; ] Trapping for the Bactrocera spp. fruit flies...

  9. Adults Meeting Fruit and Vegetable Intake Recommendations - United States, 2013.

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    Moore, Latetia V; Thompson, Frances E

    2015-07-10

    Eating more fruits and vegetables adds nutrients to diets, reduces the risk for heart disease, stroke, and some cancers, and helps manage body weight when consumed in place of more energy-dense foods. Adults who engage in pricing, placement, and promotion in child care, schools, grocery stores, communities, and worksites.

  10. Association of Workplace Stressors with Salivary Alpha-Amyl-ase Activity Levels among Fresh Fruit Bunch Cutters in Se¬langor

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Background: A cross sectional study was conducted to determine the association between occupational stress risk factors and salivary alpha-amylase activity levels among fresh fruit bunch (ffb cutters at oil palm plantation. Methods: A total of 109 ffb cutters were selected from two oil palm plantations in Pulau Carey, Selangor at west coast of Malaysia in 2015. Questionnaires were used to determine socio-demographics and occupation information, distress level were determined by using translated 12-items-General Health Questionnaire (GHQ. Kestrel Heat Stress Tracker 4400 was used to measure wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT for heat stress exposure. Posture analysis was examined based on Rapid Upper Limb Assessment (RULA method in evaluating working posture and Borg CR-10 scale was rated by ffb cutters to determine exerted force during harvesting process. Stress response system was determined by measuring salivary alpha-amylase (sAA activity by using sAA kinetic enzyme assay kit (Salimetrics.Results: 35.8% of ffb cutter had high score indicating psychological distress. 49.5% of the cutters had high heat stress exposure. 91.8% used force exertion of 50%MVC and above to cut fresh fruit bunches and 62.4% were classified in Action Level 4 under RULA. 77.0% of the ffb cutters showed high levels of sAA activity after cutting fresh fruit bunches. Conclusion: Workplace stressors such as working environment and ergonomics risk factors play a role to develop stress at workplace among ffb cutters. Therefore, stress preventive measures are needed to reduce the stressors at workplace.Keywords: Psychological distress, Salivary alpha-amylase, Heat stress exposure, Oil palm plantation

  11. Fresh fruit, vegetables, and mushrooms as transmission vehicles for Echinococcus multilocularis in Europe: inferences and concerns from sample analysis data from Poland.

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    Robertson, Lucy J; Troell, Karin; Woolsey, Ian David; Kapel, Christian M O

    2016-06-01

    Fresh fruit, vegetables, mushrooms, and other fresh produce are recognised as important vehicles of infection for several foodborne parasites, particularly those with a faecal-oral transmission route and robust environmental transmission stages. Nevertheless, analysis of such foods for parasite transmission stages, even during outbreaks, tends to show only low contamination. Echinococcus multilocularis is considered one of the most important foodborne parasites, but there are few studies in which fresh produce or like foods collected in their natural habitat is analysed for contamination with E. multilocularis eggs. In this article, we question a recent study from Poland reporting over 23 % of fresh berries, vegetables, and mushroom being highly contaminated with E. multilocularis eggs. In particular, it appears unlikely that 20 % of raspberries, which are elevated from ground level, should be exposed to faecal contamination. Additionally, the similar egg contamination of vegetation in forest and plantation environments is surprising considering the preference of the parasite's most competent intermediate hosts for the latter environment. Furthermore, a lack of specific temporal information is concerning due to the varying infection pressure (and therefore environmental contamination) occurring in definitive hosts over the course of the year. Several important aspects of the study seem to us to have been neglected, and we are concerned that the published data might, if not questioned, lead to incorrect interpretation, and unnecessary losses in the agricultural sector.

  12. Comparative evaluation of the medicinal activities of methanolic extract of seeds, fruit pulps and fresh juice of Syzygium cumini in vitro

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    Repon Kumer Saha; Naveed Mahmood Zaman; Priyanka Roy

    2013-01-01

    Objective: To establish the health benefits of Syzgium cumin to discover functional present in the seeds, fruit pulps and fresh juice of this fruit grown in Bangladesh. components Methods: Thin layer chromatography and ultra-violet spectroscopy were used to detect the bpyre DsePnPcHe socfa vveanrigoiunsg tayspseasy oafn cdo mtoptaolu rnedd uinci nsege adsss aayn.d R jeuciecpe.t oAr nbtiinodxiidnagn at cetifvfeitcitess wwearse pmeerfaosrumreedd binyd uhceemd ahgegmluotliynsaist iaosns aiyn hwiabsi tailosno iansvseasyti.g Aatnedti.- Dinisfcla dmifmfuastioonry a asssasya yw aasn dp ehrfyodrmroegde nto psehroowx itdhee antibacterial effect using Gram positive, Gram negative strains of bacteria and fungi. Results: Methanolic extract of the seeds showed stronger antioxidant, hydrogen peroxide induced thheamno ltyhsoisse a octfi vfriteisehs, jhueimcea.g Hglouwtienvaetiro, nf rienshhi bjiutiiocne aschtoivwiteide ss atrnodn gmeerm abnrtaibnaec sttearbiailli zaantido na natcitfiuvnitgieasl aacntdiv filtaiveas ntohiadns tthhoasne tohfo smee othf afrnuoilti cju siceee.d extract. The seed contains higher amount of polyphenols Conclusions: Therefore, fruit juice, fruit pulp and seed of Syzygium cumini contain medicinal active components in different ratios.

  13. Fruit and vegetable consumption and food values: National patterns in the United States by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program eligibility and cooking frequency.

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    Wolfson, Julia A; Bleich, Sara N

    2015-07-01

    More frequent cooking at home may help improve diet quality and be associated with food values, particularly for individuals participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). To examine patterns of fruit and vegetable consumption and food values among adults (aged 20 and older) in the United States, by SNAP participation and household cooking frequency. Analysis of cross-sectional 24-hour dietary recall data obtained from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2007-2010 (N=9560). A lower percentage of SNAP participants consumed fruit (total: 35% vs. 46%, p=0.001; fresh: 30% vs. 41%, p6times/week was associated with greater vegetable consumption compared to cooking food keeps (medium cookers: 57% vs. 45%, pconsumption in the United States is low regardless of cooking frequency. Efforts to improve diet quality should consider values on which food purchases are based. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. 76 FR 30036 - Importation of Fresh Pitaya Fruit From Central America Into the Continental United States

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    ... and auditing implementation of the systems approach. (2) The NPPO of the exporting country must... subject to a systems approach that would include requirements for monitoring and oversight, establishment... Information: Additional information about APHIS and its programs is available on the Internet at...

  15. 77 FR 22465 - Importation of Fresh Pitaya Fruit From Central America Into the Continental United States

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    ..., Ceratitis capitata, Dysmicoccus neobrevipes, and Planococcus minor. (a) Monitoring and oversight. (1) The... crop itself, must not shade the crop during the day. No C. capitata or A. ludens host plants may be.... capitata and A. ludens--(1) Pest- free places of production. (i) Beginning at least 1 year before harvest...

  16. Long Term Amendment with Fresh and Composted Solid Olive Mill Waste on Olive Grove Affects Carbon Sequestration by Prunings, Fruits, and Soil

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    Regni, Luca; Nasini, Luigi; Ilarioni, Luana; Brunori, Antonio; Massaccesi, Luisa; Agnelli, Alberto; Proietti, Primo

    2017-01-01

    The soil amendment with organic wastes represents a way to increase the soil fertility and the organic carbon (C) stored in the agro-ecosystems. Among the organic waste materials produced by agricultural and industrial activities, olive mill wastes derived from the olive oil extraction process may represent a suitable soil amendment. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of fresh (SOMW) or composted mixture of SOMW and shredded olive tree prunings (C-SOMW+P) on the vegetative and productive activities of olive trees, on the C stored in the tree non-permanent structures (prunings and fruits) and in the soil. The plots treated with SOMW or C-SOMW+P showed higher vegetative and productive activities than the untreated plots, and this was attributed to the higher total N and availability of P and K supplied by the amendments. Consequently, treatments increased the C sequestered in the tree non-permanent structures than in the control trees. However, no significant different effect between SOMW and C-SOMW+P treatments was found for the C stored in prunings and fruits, whereas it was evident a stronger influence of C-SOMW+P than SOMW on soil C sequestration. Indeed, about 50% the C supplied by the treatment with C-SOMW+P was sequestered in the olive grove system, with more than 90% of the sequestered C stored into the soil. The low amount of C sequestered in the soil following the addition of SOMW was attributed to its richness of moisture and easily degradable compounds that triggered the mineralization processes controlled by the soil microbial community. Although the 8 years of amendment produced a higher fruit yields than the control, no difference occurred between the characteristics and the oil content of the olive fruits. Only the total phenol content for the oil obtained from the SOMW-treated plots was significantly higher. The other considered fruit characteristics did not show significant differences. PMID:28119719

  17. 鲜切果蔬微生物污染及控制研究进展%Research progress in control and microbial infection of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables

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    吴晓彬; 胡文忠; 刘程惠; 韩巍巍

    2011-01-01

    Microbial infection is one of the most important factors influencing quality of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. In this paper,the sources and species of microbial,which effect on physiology of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables,were reviewed. The control methods on microbial of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables were introduced at home and abroad.%微生物侵染是影响鲜切果蔬品质的重要因素之一.本文概述了鲜切果蔬中微生物的污染来源、种类及其对鲜切果蔬组织生理的影响,并对国内外微生物的控制方法进行了介绍.

  18. Current Methods for Extraction and Concentration of Enteric Viruses from Fresh Fruit and Vegetables: Towards International Standards

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    Croci, L.; Dubois, E.; Cook, N.; Medici, D.; Schultz, A.C.; China, B.; Rutjes, S.A.; Hoorfar, J.; Poel, van der W.H.M.

    2008-01-01

    Virus-contaminated soft fruits or vegetables are increasingly identified as causes of foodborne viral illness. Noroviruses and hepatitis A virus are the most common pathogens in viral infections transmitted by these kinds of foods. To improve microbiological detection and monitoring and to increase

  19. Current Methods for Extraction and Concentration of Enteric Viruses from Fresh Fruit and Vegetables: Towards International Standards

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    Croci, L.; Dubois, E.; Cook, N.; Medici, D.; Schultz, A.C.; China, B.; Rutjes, S.A.; Hoorfar, J.; Poel, van der W.H.M.

    2008-01-01

    Virus-contaminated soft fruits or vegetables are increasingly identified as causes of foodborne viral illness. Noroviruses and hepatitis A virus are the most common pathogens in viral infections transmitted by these kinds of foods. To improve microbiological detection and monitoring and to increase

  20. Current Methods for Extraction and Concentration of Enteric Viruses from Fresh Fruit and Vegetables: Towards International Standards

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    Croci, L.; Dubois, E.; Cook, N.

    2008-01-01

    Virus-contaminated soft fruits or vegetables are increasingly identified as causes of foodborne viral illness. Noroviruses and hepatitis A virus are the most common pathogens in viral infections transmitted by these kinds of foods. To improve microbiological detection and monitoring and to increa...

  1. Preliminary research on Broussonetia papyrifera fruit juice processing and its fresh-keeping%构树果汁饮料加工及保鲜工艺研究

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    覃勇荣; 刘宗琼; 覃兴家; 李秋明; 黄振球

    2012-01-01

    为了进一步开发利用桂西北丰富的构树资源,为喀斯特地区经济可持续发展提供理论支持,采集了广西宜州市城区及其周围野生的构树果实样品,用物理方法压榨果汁,得到52.21%的出汁率,测定了构树果实及其果汁的主要营养成分含量,结果发现,构树果实营养丰富,构树果实原汁的可溶性总糖、可溶性蛋白、总氨基酸、Vc和脂肪的平均含量分别为18.31%、8.52mg/g、13.81%、50.89mg/100g、0.45%,利用构树果实加工的天然果汁,绿色、环保、健康、营养,具有较大的开发潜力。为了探讨简便易行的构树果汁饮料杀菌保鲜方法,用热杀菌法对构树果汁进行了处理,通过正交实验检测处理过的构树果汁中的微生物总茵菌落数,得到的构树果汁杀菌处理最佳工艺条件为:料液比1:2,加热温度100℃,灭菌时间15min。%In order to develop and utilize the rich resource of Broussonetia paparifera in the northwest of Guangxi province, so as to provide theoretical support for economic sustainable development of the karst areas, different samples of wild B. paparifera fruit in Yizhou city and surroundings were collected. The fruit juice of B. paparifera was squeezed by physical method and the juice rate was 52.21%. Main nutrient composition of the fruits and its juice were determined by the authors. The results showed that there is rich nutrition in the fruits of B. paparifera, the soluble sugar, soluble protein, total amino acids, vitamin C and fat is 18.31%, 8.52 mg/g, 13.81%, 50.89 mg/100 g and 0.45% respectively. The natural fruit juice made use of B. paparifera fruits is green, environmental protection, health and nutrition, and it has great potential to develop. In order to study the simple and easy way of fresh fruit juice beverage sterilization, thermal sterilization method was used for B. paparifera fruit juice treatment, orthogonal test

  2. Fruit tree phytoplasma diseases and vectors in Belgium, Netherlands, and United Kingdom

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    Peusens, G.; Lepoivre, P.; Steyer, S.; Dickinson, M.; Verbeek, M.; Beliën, T.

    2014-01-01

    In Belgium and the Netherlands phytoplasma diseases mainly affect fruit trees, while they are almost absent in the United Kingdom. Specific insect vectors were identified and strict measures to eliminate both pathogens and pests are actively implemented in Belgium and the Netherlands

  3. Fruit and Vegetable Production Unit for Plant Science Core Curriculum. Instructor's Guide. Volume 16, Number 3.

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    Stewart, Bob R.; Mullinix, Mark K.

    This curriculum guide, part of a plant science core curriculum, consists of materials for use in teaching a unit on fruit and vegetable production. Provided in the first part of the guide are a list of objectives, a bibliography, and a competency profile. The remainder of the guide consists of 11 lessons dealing with the following topics: planning…

  4. A Dichotomous Key to Tree Cones and Fruits of the Eastern United States.

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    Collins, Linda T.

    1991-01-01

    The author presents a dichotomous key to 29 tree cones, fruits, and nuts of eastern United States. Students can use the key to identify at least 10 species in a 1-hour laboratory assignment. This key uses reproductive structures that are significantly different from others. These structures are durable enough to be used in the laboratory for many…

  5. Food and Nutrition. Volume II. Units VI-VIII: Fruit, Fats, Vegetables, Legumes, Grains, Meats.

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    Honse, Elizabeth Linsenbardt

    These instructional materials are intended as a guide for the instructor of a secondary home economics course in food and nutrition. Topics covered in the three units are time, energy, and resource management; selection, care, preparation, and storage of food (seven lessons on dairy foods; fats and oils; cereals and breads; fruits and vegetables;…

  6. Composition and antioxidant activity of the essential oils of Xylopia aethiopica (Dun) A. Rich. (Annonaceae) leaves, stem bark, root bark, and fresh and dried fruits, growing in Ghana.

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    Karioti, Anastasia; Hadjipavlou-Litina, Dimitra; Mensah, Merlin L K; Fleischer, Theophilus C; Skaltsa, Helen

    2004-12-29

    The chemical composition of the essential oils obtained from the leaves, the barks of the stem and the root, as well as from the fresh and dried fruits of Xylopia aethiopica, growing in Ghana, was investigated by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry analyses. Kovats indices, mass spectra, and standard compounds were used to identify a total of 93 individual compounds. The monoterpene hydrocarbons formed the main portion in all studied samples. beta-Pinene was predominant in all cases, while trans-m-mentha-1(7),8-diene was the main compound in the essential oils of the leaves and the barks of roots and stems. Their potential antioxidant activity was also investigated and found to be significant in scavenging superoxide anion radical.

  7. As transações entre supermercados europeus e produtores brasileiros de frutas frescas The transactions between European supermarkets and Brazilian fresh fruit producers

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    Roberta de Castro Souza

    2009-09-01

    paper is to investigate the transactions between European supermarkets and Brazilian fresh fruit producers and the structure of the Brazilian mango and grape value chain to Europe. The element pointed out in this paper is the characteristic of the distributor segment. There are indications that the structures of the retail sector affect the strategies of developing countries producers in global markets. In addition, the procurement strategies of the retail sector are different when compare the United Kingdom and Germany. The Global Value Chain and Transaction Costs Economy approaches were used as theoretical background. The method selected for this study was the multiple case studies which were made viable by means of semi-structured questionnaires conducted with mango and grape producer's agents in Brazil and with mango and grape imported agents located in the United Kingdom and Germany.

  8. Composition of growth factors and cytokines in lysates obtained from fresh versus stored pathogen-inactivated platelet units.

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    Sellberg, Felix; Berglund, Erik; Ronaghi, Martin; Strandberg, Gabriel; Löf, Helena; Sommar, Pehr; Lubenow, Norbert; Knutson, Folke; Berglund, David

    2016-12-01

    Platelet lysate is a readily available source of growth factors, and other mediators, which has been used in a variety of clinical applications. However, the product remains poorly standardized and the present investigation evaluates the composition of platelet lysate obtained from either fresh or stored pathogen-inactivated platelet units. Platelet pooled units (n = 10) were obtained from healthy blood donors and tested according to standard procedures. All units were pathogen inactivated using amotosalen hydrochloride and UVA exposure. Platelet lysate was subsequently produced at two separate time-points, either from fresh platelet units or after 5 days of storage, by repeated freeze-thaw cycles. The following mediators were determined at each time-point: EGF, FGF-2, VEGF, IGF-1, PDGF-AB/BB, BMP-2, PF4, TGF-β isoform 1, IL-1β, IL-2, IL-6, IL-10, IL-12p70, 1L-17A, TNF-α, and IFN-γ. The concentration of growth factors and cytokines was affected by time in storage. Notably, TGF-β, PDGF-AB/BB, and PF4 showed an increase of 27.2% (p concentrations and all other growth factors remained stable with time in storage. The composition of mediators in platelet lysate obtained from pathogen-inactivated platelet units differs when produced from fresh and stored platelet units, respectively. This underscores the need for further standardization and optimization of this important product, which potentially may influence the clinical effects. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  9. Efficacy of Ultraviolet Treatments for the Inhibition of Pathogens on the Surface of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

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    Two studies investigating the use ultraviolet light at a wavelength of 253.7nm (UVC) into the inhibition of Salmonella spp. and Escherichia coli O157:H7 were conducted. The objectives of these studies were: to determine the rates for the destruction of Salmonella and Escherichia coli O157:H7 on the surface of agar and to investigate its effectiveness on the surface of fresh produce. Multiple replications of different doses and cocktail concentrations were performed and resulted in a 5 log re...

  10. Effect of empty fruit bunch to the accumulated plant height, mass of fresh and dry weight of tomato plant treated with organic and inorganic fertilizer

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    Elias, Aishah; Mutalib, Sahilah Abd.; Mustapha, Wan Aida Wan

    2016-11-01

    A glasshouse experiment was conducted to study the effect of different type of compost and fertilizers on the growth of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum). The experiment consisted of sixteen treatments. Compost of Empty fruit bunch (EFB) and cow dung is mixed in the ratio of 3:2:1 (soil: compost: sand) and put into 25.4 mm2 polyethylene bag. Organic fertilizer of 10 ml were added twice a week, while inorganic fertilizer was applied at the rate of 3 g per polyethylene bag of soil three weeks after sowing. Treatment without fertilizer application was established as a control. The treatments were laid in a split-split plot design with three replications. Plant growth was assessed using accumulating plant height, fresh weight and dry weight. The application of organic plus inorganic fertilizer had significant effects on plant height. The application of organic fertilizer combination with cow dung gave significant difference to plant mass (fresh and dry). The data obtained from these treatments were significantly higher than the data obtained from the control (without fertilizer). In conclusion, the type of compost did not gave significant difference towards plant height while it only gave significant difference towards plant mass.

  11. Microbiological Spoilage of Fruits and Vegetables

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    Barth, Margaret; Hankinson, Thomas R.; Zhuang, Hong; Breidt, Frederick

    Consumption of fruit and vegetable products has dramatically increased in the United States by more than 30% during the past few decades. It is also estimated that about 20% of all fruits and vegetables produced is lost each year due to spoilage. The focus of this chapter is to provide a general background on microbiological spoilage of fruit and vegetable products that are organized in three categories: fresh whole fruits and vegetables, fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, and fermented or acidified vegetable products. This chapter will address characteristics of spoilage microorganisms associated with each of these fruit and vegetable categories including spoilage mechanisms, spoilage defects, prevention and control of spoilage, and methods for detecting spoilage microorganisms.

  12. Appropriate storedtemperature to maintain quality of fresh figs fruits%适宜贮藏温度保持鲜食无花果品质

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    唐霞; 张明; 马俊莲; 张子德

    2015-01-01

    the nutrition value in fresh fig fruit, its consumption has increased gradually, and the market foreground is vast. But fig fruit is coupled with thin skin and juicy, which is inclined to lose water and rot with vitamin C loss, and the nutrition quality is cut down, so it cannot be sold in the distant place. Fig fruit can be stored for 2-3 d at room temperature. At present, the fresh-keeping problem for fig fruit has not been resolved, which affects the development of fig fruit industry greatly, so it is important to study its storage and preservation technology, which will provide the theoretical and practical technic for the business storage of fig fruit. In this paper, changes in quality, physiology properties under storage and mature senescence mechanism of the fig were studied. Dealing with different temperature not only solves the problem of its storage and transport, but also saves the nutrition so that fig can be enjoyed all year round. In order to determine the suitable storage temperature of the postharvest fig, the effects of temperatures (-1, 0 and 2℃) on physiology and storage quality of postharvest fig fruits were investigated. The results showed that the fruit firmness, titratable acid, soluble solid and vitamin C content at -1℃ were obviously higher (P<0.05) than 0 and 2℃. Moreover, -1℃ treatment significantly (P<0.01) decreased rotting rate, inhibited respiration rate, reduced the permeability of cell membrane and malondialdehyde (MDA) content, meanwhile, maintained the activities of peroxidase (POD) and catalase (CAT), compared with 0 and 2℃. It was suggested that treatment with -1℃ could extend the storage life of fig fruits by 25-27 d compared with storage at room temperature. This paper can provide theoretical basis for fig preservation technology.

  13. 78 FR 50023 - Importation of Fresh Oranges and Tangerines From Egypt Into the United States

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    ... fly (Bactrocera zonata) and Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata) in oranges and tangerines... effective against B. zonata in oranges and tangerines. In addition to B. zonata, Ceratitis capitata (Medfly... for C. capitata and B. zonata; and The oranges and tangerines must be accompanied by a phytosanitary...

  14. Demand for Fresh Vegetables in the United States: 1970–2010

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper analyzes a demand system for eight major fresh vegetables in the USA using the most recently available dataset (1970–2010. A first-differenced Linear Approximate Almost Ideal Demand System (LA-AIDS is applied to estimate price and expenditure elasticity of demand, imposing homogeneity and symmetry restrictions. We find that not only are consumers responsive to changes in own-prices but they also respond significantly to changes in prices of other fresh vegetables that are consumed together. Conditional budget share allocation to lettuce, cabbage, and celery has declined, while the share of the consumer dollar going to tomatoes, peppers, and onions has increased over the period. Except for cabbage, all own-price elasticity estimates are negative, less than unity in absolute value, and statistically significant. About half of the 56 cross-price elasticities are negative and significant, indicating high, albeit asymmetric, complementarities among these fresh vegetables. Expenditure elasticities are positive and significant for all but one of these eight vegetables. Over the period under consideration, demand and expenditure elasticities remained fairly stable.

  15. Efeito do tipo de corte e de sanificantes no escurecimento de pequi minimamente processado Effect of cutting type and sanitizers on the browning of fresh cut peki fruit

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    Full Text Available Conduziu-se este trabalho, com o objetivo de avaliar a influência dos sanificantes hipoclorito de sódio (NaClO e de peróxido de hidrogênio (H2O2 em diferentes concentrações sobre a vida de prateleira de pequi (Caryocar brasilense Cambess. submetido a dois tipos de processamento mínimo: "caroço fatiado" e "caroço inteiro", e armazenados a 6 ± 1° C e 90 a 95% UR, durante 15 dias. O experimento foi conduzido em delineamento inteiramente casualizado, disposto em um fatorial 2 x 6 x 5, ou seja, 2 tipos de processamento (caroços "fatiados" e "inteiros", 6 tempos (0h, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15 dias e 5 tratamentos (controle, NaClO 50 ppm, NaClO 100 ppm, H2O2 4% e H2O2 6%, com 3 repetições. A cada três dias foram realizadas as análises: vitamina C, polifenoloxidase, peroxidase e cor (CIE L*a*b*. O pequi minimamente processado apresentou decréscimo nos teores de vitamina C ao longo do armazenamento. O caroço fatiado mostrou-se com maior atividade da enzima polifenoloxidase em relação ao inteiro. A interação significativa entre o corte, o sanificante e o tempo ocorreu para a variável peroxidase, tendo sido observado para o caroço fatiado tratado com os sanificantes H2O2 4 e 6% maior atividade dessa enzima. Observou-se a redução do valor de L*, durante o armazenamento do pequi minimamente processado, independente do sanificante utilizado, ocasionado pelo escurecimento do produto.The objective of the present work was to evaluate the influence of the sanitizers sodium hypochlorite (NaClO 50 and 100 ppm and 4% and 6%, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2 on the shelf life of fresh cut peki fruit (Caryocar brasilense Cambess. submitted to two sorts of processing: "sliced stone" and whole stone", stored at 6 ± 1° C and 90 to 95% of RH for 15 days. The analyses were performed every three days. The experiment was conducted in a completely randomized design arranged by a 2 x 6 x 5 factorial, i.e. 2 sorts of processing ("sliced and whole stones", 6 times (0h

  16. 大学生网购生鲜水果影响因素研究∗%College Students’ Online Shopping Research to the Influential Factors of Fresh Fruit

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    廖依婷; 徐文博; 张婧怡; 周程; 刘慧

    2016-01-01

    With the rapid development of information technology and e-commerce,online shopping fresh rise gradually, college students have become the main force of Internet shopping. But strong experience and fresh perishable properties of fruit, fruit network marketing in the university students in this vast consumer groups is not optimistic. Based on fresh fruit market in our country development present situation,this paper summarized the characteristics of college students’ group,it is concluded that affect college students’ online shopping top five decisive factors:fresh fruit fruit quality,price,business credibility,delivery time, to return or exchange service guarantee. And the influence factors of college students’ online shopping fresh fruit return analysis and expectations after remedial measures. Finally put forward some countermeasures and Suggestions,in order to realize win-win situation of fresh fruit electric business and consumers.%随着信息技术和电子商务的快速发展,网购生鲜逐渐兴起,大学生已然成为网络购物的主力军。但水果的强体验性和生鲜易腐等特性,使得水果网络营销在高校学生这一庞大消费群体中却并不乐观。文中从我国生鲜水果市场发展现状出发,对大学生群体特征进行归纳,得出影响大学生网购生鲜水果的前五项决定性因素:水果质量、价格、商家信誉、送达时间、退货或换货的服务保证。并对大学生网购生鲜水果退货的影响因素和期望的售后补救措施展开分析。最后提出对策和建议,以期实现生鲜水果电商与消费者的双赢。

  17. 新鲜果蔬汁稳定性比较%Stability Comparison of Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Juices

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    张銮; 王卫; 金春

    2012-01-01

    The stability and the stable time of fresh watermelon juice, cucumber juice, tomato juice, carrot juice, pineapple juice and orange juice were analyzed in this paper. Color, flavor, aroma, acid value, clarity of FVJ were determined to assess the stability of FVJ. Results indicated that the color of FVJ changed great- ly after 30 min, especially the watermelon juice, orange juice and cucumber juice; the flavor and aroma of FVJ declined gradually after 10 min; the cucumber juice, pineapple juice, carrot juice, orange juice and to- mato juice were smelling after 3 h; the watermelon juice was smelling after 1 h; the clarity of FVJ decreased continuously after 10 min; the last surface images showed that there were visible deterioration phenomena for FVJ after 7 h. Based on those results, the fresh watermelon juice, cucumber juice, tomato juice, carrot juice, cucumber juice or watermelon juice should be consumed within 30 min after its preparation so as to maintain its natural flavor and aroma.%探讨了新鲜番茄汁、西瓜汁、黄瓜汁、橘子汁、菠萝汁及胡萝卜汁的稳定性及稳定时间.通过分析各种果蔬汁的色泽、滋味、香气、酸值、澄清度在放置期间的变化.实验发现:各种果蔬汁在制备30min后其色泽有较大变化,尤其是西瓜汁、桔子汁及黄瓜汁;在制备10min后各种果蔬汁的滋味、香气持续下降,放置3h后,黄瓜汁、菠萝汁、胡萝卜汁、桔子汁及番茄汁出现异味,放置1h后西瓜汁出现异味;放置10min后,各种果蔬汁的澄清度随时间增加持续下降;果蔬汁放置后期的实验显示,7h后出现肉眼可见变质现象.实验表明,新鲜西瓜汁、黄瓜汁、番茄汁、胡萝卜汁、黄瓜汁及西瓜汁应在制作后30rain内饮用,以最大程度保留其风味和滋味,而不宜1h后饮用.

  18. Effect of electrical field strength applied by PEF processing and storage temperature on the outgrowth of yeasts and moulds naturally present in a fresh fruit smoothie.

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    Timmermans, R A H; Nederhoff, A L; Nierop Groot, M N; van Boekel, M A J S; Mastwijk, H C

    2016-08-02

    Pulsed electrical field (PEF) technology offers an alternative to thermal pasteurisation of high-acid fruit juices, by extending the shelf life of food products, while retaining its fresh taste and nutritional value. Substantial research has been performed on the effect of electrical field strength on the inactivation kinetics of spoilage and pathogenic micro-organisms and on the outgrowth of spoilage micro-organisms during shelf life. However, studies on the effect of electrical field strength on the inactivation and outgrowth of surviving populations during shelf life are missing. In this study, we assessed the influence of electrical field strength applied by PEF processing and storage temperature on the outgrowth of surviving yeast and mould populations naturally present in fresh fruit smoothie in time. Therefore, an apple-strawberry-banana smoothie was treated in a continuous-flow PEF system (130L/h), using similar inlet and outlet conditions (preheating temperature 41°C, maximum temperature 58°C) to assure that the amount of energy across the different conditions was kept constant. Smoothies treated with variable electrical field strengths (13.5, 17.0, 20.0 and 24.0kV/cm) were compared to smoothies without treatment for outgrowth of yeasts and moulds. Outgrowth of yeasts and moulds stored at 4°C and 7°C was analysed by plating and visual observation and yeast growth was modelled using the modified logistic growth model (Zwietering model). Results showed that the intensity of the electrical field strength had an influence on the degree of inactivation of yeast cells, resulting in a faster outgrowth over time at lower electrical field strength. Outgrowth of moulds over time was not affected by the intensity of the electrical field strength used. Application of PEF introduces a trade-off between type of spoilage: in untreated smoothie yeasts lead to spoilage after 8days when stored at 4 or 7°C, whereas in PEF treated smoothie yeasts were (partly

  19. Fresh Frozen Plasma Administration in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: Evidence-Based Guidelines.

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    Motta, Mario; Del Vecchio, Antonio; Chirico, Gaetano

    2015-09-01

    Neonates receiving fresh frozen plasma (FFP) should do so according to evidence-based guidelines so as to reduce inappropriate use of this life-saving and costly blood product and to minimize associated adverse effects. The consensus-based uses of FFP in neonatology involve neonates with active bleeding and associated coagulopathy. However, because of limited and poor-quality evidence, considerable FFP utilization occurs outside these recommendations. In this review, we describe what we conclude are currently the best practices for the use of FFP in neonates, including interpreting neonatal coagulation tests and strategies for reducing unnecessary FFP transfusions.

  20. Clinical use of fresh-frozen plasma and cryoprecipitate in neonatal intensive care unit.

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    Motta, Mario; Del Vecchio, Antonello; Radicioni, Maurizio

    2011-10-01

    Evidence-based indications for the use of plasma products in neonatal medicine are limited to few conditions. In the setting of inherited disorders of hemostasis, fresh frozen plasma (FFP) and cryoprecipitate should be used as replacement therapy only if the specific factor concentrate is not available. FFP is indicated to treat disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), liver failure, vitamin K-dependent bleeding and to reconstitute whole blood for exchange transfusion. Despite the lack of evidence, the use of cryoprecipitate to treat neonates with acquired hypofibrinogenemia during DIC or liver failure is now considered standard therapy.

  1. 餐饮企业自制鲜榨果汁卫生质量的调查与分析%Investigation and analysis on sanitary quality of fresh fruit juice manufactured by catering business

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    徐燕英; 刘华清; 顾勤明

    2014-01-01

    Objective To understand the microbial pollution situation of fresh fruit juice manufactured by catering business in Gusu district of Suzhou. Methods Totally 117 item fresh fruit juice and operative appliance were sampled by sterile operation in catering business from 2013 to 2014, the microbial pollution index included aerobic bacterial count, fecal coliform count and pathogenic bacteria. Results Pathogenic bacteria including Staphylococcus aureus and mycete were found from fresh fruit juice. Qualified rate of fresh fruit juice for aerobic bacterial count, fecal coliform count and pathogenic bacteria were 93.0%, 68.4% and 84.2%, respectively. Sanitation qualified rate of fresh fruit juice was higher in 2014 than 2013, the rates were 73.3% and 48.2% respectively. Sanitation qualified rate of sanitary cup was 100%. Qualified rate of juice extractor for aerobic bacterial count, pathogenic bacteria and fecal coliform counts were 100%, 100% and 86.7%, respectively. Conclusion Fresh fruit juice can be easily polluted by microbial, so more supervision and administration should be taken to catering business.%目的:通过苏州市姑苏区餐饮企业现售鲜榨果汁微生物污染情况的调查,了解市售鲜榨果汁食品安全状况。方法2013至2014年抽取区内餐饮企业现售的鲜榨果汁及加工用具共117件(份),检测菌落总数、大肠菌群、致病菌。结果鲜榨果汁中检出致病菌(金黄色葡萄球菌和霉菌),菌落总数、大肠菌群和致病菌合格率分别为93.0%、68.4%、84.2%。2014年鲜榨果汁卫生指标合格率高于2013年,两年分别为73.3%、48.2%。一次性杯子卫生指标合格率均为100%。榨汁机菌落总数、致病菌合格率均为100%,大肠菌群合格率为86.7%。结论市售鲜榨果汁容易受微生物污染,需加强对市售鲜榨果汁制售单位监督和管理。

  2. Application of preservation technologies in fresh-cut fruits and vegetables%应用于鲜切果蔬中的保鲜技术研究进展

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    纪懿芳; 胡文忠; 姜爱丽

    2015-01-01

    Fresh-cut fruits and vegetables are increasingly favored by consumers, their sales increased by their convenience, rich nutrition and great freshness characteristics. Fresh-cut fruits and vegetables are also known as cut fruits and vegetables, semi processed fruits and vegetables, fruits and vegetables such as conditioning, usually refer to change vegetables, fruit, and physical shape, but still continue in its state of fresh fruit products or produce mixed products. The production process generally goes through cleaning, grading, trimming, segmentation, washing, drying, packaging, storage and distribution, available to consumers directly edible or by restaurants cooking. Preservation technologies in fresh-cut fruits and vegetables significantly affect sensory aspects such as color, smell, texture, flavor, and tissue. This paper summarized the preservation technologies of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, such as physical, chemical, biological and combinatorial preservation technologies for fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, which would provide the further understanding of current problems and guidance of future research directions, and prospect for future developments presented.%鲜切果蔬因其方便、健康、新鲜等特点日益受到人们的青睐,销售量逐年增加。鲜切果蔬又称为切割果蔬、半加工果蔬、调理果蔬等,通常是指改变了蔬菜、水果物理形状、但仍然保持其新鲜状态的果蔬制品或果蔬混合产品。其生产过程一般要经过清洗、分级、修整、切分、洗涤、干燥、包装、贮存、配送等工序,可供消费者直接食用或餐饮业使用。鲜切果蔬保鲜技术对果蔬的色泽、气味、质地、营养成分、组织状态等感官方面得以最大的保留,减少果蔬因经过清洗、去皮、等机械处理过程导致的品质改变。本论文主要对现阶段鲜切果蔬的保鲜技术研究进展进行综述,其主要技术包括物理、化学和综

  3. The Research Progress on Inhibition of Fresh-cut Fruits and Vegetable Enzymatic Bromning%鲜切果蔬酶促褐变控制研究进展

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    胡晓露; 缪丽华

    2012-01-01

    褐变是影响鲜切果蔬外观品质的一个重要因素。本文介绍了抑制鲜切果蔬酶促褐变的物理、化学等方法。旨在为以后的研究提供一定的依据。%Enzymatic browning is one of important factors impacting quality of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. Physical inhibition ways and chemical inhibition methods of fresh-cut fruits and vegetable enzym atic browning is reviewed in this text. This study is designed to providing reference to the de'velopment of longan drying.

  4. ACC oxidase and miRNA 159a, and their involvement in fresh fruit bunch yield (FFB) via sex ratio determination in oil palm.

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    Somyong, Suthasinee; Poopear, Supannee; Sunner, Supreet Kaur; Wanlayaporn, Kitti; Jomchai, Nukoon; Yoocha, Thippawan; Ukoskit, Kittipat; Tangphatsornruang, Sithichoke; Tragoonrung, Somvong

    2016-06-01

    Oil palm (Elaeis guineesis Jacq.) is the most productive oil-bearing crop, yielding more oil per area than any other oil-bearing crops. However, there are still efforts to improve oil palm yield, in order to serve consumer and manufacturer demand. Oil palm produces female and male inflorescences in an alternating cycle. So, high sex ratio (SR), the ratio of female inflorescences to the total inflorescences, is a favorable trait in term of increasing yields in oil palm. This study aims to understand the genetic control for SR related traits, such as fresh fruit bunch yield (FFB), by characterizing genes at FFB quantitative trait loci (QTLs) on linkage 10 (chromosome 6) and linkage 15 (chromosome 10). Published oil palm sequences at the FFB QTLs were used to develop gene-based and simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers. We used the multiple QTL analysis model (MQM) to characterize the relationship of new markers with the SR traits in the oil palm population. The RNA expression of the most linked QTL genes was also evaluated in various tissues of oil palm. We identified EgACCO1 (encoding aminocyclopropane carboxylate (ACC) oxidase) at chromosome 10 and EgmiR159a (microRNA 159a) at chromosome 6 to be the most linked QTL genes or determinants for FFB yield and/or female inflorescence number with a phenotype variance explained (PVE) from 10.4 to 15 % and suggest that these play the important roles in sex determination and differentiation in oil palm. The strongest expression of EgACCO1 and the predicted precursor of EgmiR159a was found in ovaries and, to a lesser extent, fruit development. In addition, highly normalized expression of EgmiR159a was found in female flowers. In summary, the QTL analysis and the RNA expression reveal that EgACCO1 and EgmiR159a are the potential genetic factors involved in female flower determination and hence would affect yield in oil palm. However, to clarify how these genetic factors regulate female flower determination, more investigation

  5. A Fresh Look at Graduate Programs in Teacher Leadership in the United States

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    Leonard, Jack; Petta, Katherine; Porter, Christina

    2012-01-01

    Teacher leadership has been studied in the United States for 30 years, but less is known about American graduate programs that purport to prepare teacher leaders. Furthermore, the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 prompted a closer look at teacher effectiveness, which then shifted the definition of teacher leadership and caused some…

  6. Prevalence of fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity by race/ethnicity--United States, 2005.

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    2007-04-06

    Diets high in fruits and vegetables and participation in regular physical activity are associated with a lower risk for several chronic diseases and conditions. The National Cholesterol Education Program and the American Cancer Society both emphasize lifestyle modifications that include diet and physical activity to reduce disease risk. These are also two of the strategies implemented by states participating in CDC's Nutrition and Physical Activity Program to Prevent Obesity and Other Chronic Diseases. To examine the combined prevalence of 1) consumption of fruits and vegetables five or more times per day and 2) regular physical activity among U.S. adults by race/ethnicity, CDC analyzed self-reported data from the 2005 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). This report describes the results of that analysis, which indicated that the combined prevalence of these two behavioral strategies was higher among men of multiple/other races (16.5%) compared with non-Hispanic white men (12.6%). In addition, only 12.6% of non-Hispanic black women and 14.8% of Hispanic women, compared with 17.4% of non-Hispanic white women, engaged in these two behavioral strategies. These results underscore the need to promote diets high in fruits and vegetables and regular physical activity among all populations in the United States and among racial and ethnic minority communities in particular.

  7. Successful implementation of a packed red blood cell and fresh frozen plasma transfusion protocol in the surgical intensive care unit.

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    Full Text Available Blood product transfusions are associated with increased morbidity and mortality. The purpose of this study was to determine if implementation of a restrictive protocol for packed red blood cell (PRBC and fresh frozen plasma (FFP transfusion safely reduces blood product utilization and costs in a surgical intensive care unit (SICU.We performed a retrospective, historical control analysis comparing before (PRE and after (POST implementation of a restrictive PRBC/FFP transfusion protocol for SICU patients. Univariate analysis was utilized to compare patient demographics and blood product transfusion totals between the PRE and POST cohorts. Multivariate logistic regression models were developed to determine if implementation of the restrictive transfusion protocol is an independent predictor of adverse outcomes after controlling for age, illness severity, and total blood products received.829 total patients were included in the analysis (PRE, n=372; POST, n=457. Despite higher mean age (56 vs. 52 years, p=0.01 and APACHE II scores (12.5 vs. 11.2, p=0.006, mean units transfused per patient were lower for both packed red blood cells (0.7 vs. 1.2, p=0.03 and fresh frozen plasma (0.3 vs. 1.2, p=0.007 in the POST compared to the PRE cohort, respectively. There was no difference in inpatient mortality between the PRE and POST cohorts (7.5% vs. 9.2%, p=0.39. There was a decreased risk of urinary tract infections (OR 0.47, 95%CI 0.28-0.80 in the POST cohort after controlling for age, illness severity and amount of blood products transfused.Implementation of a restrictive transfusion protocol can effectively reduce blood product utilization in critically ill surgical patients with no increase in morbidity or mortality.

  8. Quality Of Cloudy Plum Juice Produced From Fresh Fruit Of Prunus Domestica L. – The Effect Of Cultivar And Enzyme Treatment

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    Zbrzeźniak Monika

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    Full Text Available The quality of cloudy juices produced from two plum cultivars varied in chemical characteristics and native polyphenol oxidase (PPO activity, and was studied in relation to specific pectinolytic activity of enzyme preparations used for fresh fruit maceration before pressing. Process effectiveness expressed as juice yield, turbidity and the rate of transfer of anthocyanins and polyphenols were determined for five different enzyme preparations, whose activity was also analysed. Juice yields obtained after 1 hour mash maceration (50 ºC, 100 g·t−1 were between 86.6 and 95.4%. The anthocyanins content of the obtained juices strongly depended on the cultivar and ranged from 26 to 50 mg·L−1 for ‘Promis’, and from 269 to 289 mg·L−1 for ‘Čačanska Najbolja’, which could be related to the differences in the measured PPO activity (175.4 and 79.8 nkat·g−1, respectively. The type of enzyme preparation strongly affected the degradation rate of anthocyanins during juice processing. Peonidin-3-rutinoside proved to be the most stable during plum juice production in contrast to cyanidin-3-glucoside. Irrespectively of the cultivar, the juice prepared with the mixture of Rohapect PTE + Rohament PL (2 : 1 showed the highest turbidity among the investigated combinations. The results suggest that for the production of cloudy plum juice use of a preparation with low pectin methyl esterase and polygalacturonase activities and high pectin lyase activity could be recommended.

  9. Incentivizing Children's Fruit and Vegetable Consumption: Results of a United States Pilot Study of the "Food Dudes" Program

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    Wengreen, Heidi J.; Madden, Gregory J.; Aguilar, Sheryl S.; Smits, Rochelle R.; Jones, Brooke A.

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    Objective: Preliminary evaluation in the United States (US) of a school-based fruit and vegetable (F/V) intervention, known as the "Food Dudes" (FD) program, developed in the United Kingdom. Methods: Over 16 days (Phase 1), elementary-school children (n = 253) watched short videos featuring heroic peers (the FD) eating F/V and received a…

  10. Clinical use of fresh-frozen plasma in neonatal intensive care unit.

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    Altuntas, Nilgün; Yenicesu, Idil; Beken, Serdar; Kulali, Ferit; Burcu Belen, Fatma; Hirfanoglu, Ibrahim Murat; Onal, Esra; Turkyilmaz, Canan; Ergenekon, Ebru; Koc, Esin; Atalay, Yıldız

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    Recommendations for FFP use in neonates are based on a very limited amount of data, and not on well-designed randomized controlled trials. This retrospective study was performed to analyze our experience with FFP use in neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). From January 2006 until August 2011 a total of 80 neonates were identified as having been treated with FFP. The most common indication for FFP use was prolonged PT or aPTT, representing 32.8% of all usages of FFP. Following FFT treatment PT and aPTT normalized in 42% and 60% patients, respectively. Our results suggest that FFP were often used in acceptable indications in NICU.

  11. The Effect of Short-term Storage and the Hot Water Treatment of Fresh-Cut Pepper Fruit cv. ‛Blondy F1’ and ‛Yecla F1’ on the Content of Bioactive Compounds and Antioxidant Properties

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    Justyna I. Szwejda-Grzybowska; Ryszard Kosson; Maria Grzegorzewska

    2016-01-01

    The aim of the experiment was to determine the changes in the contents of bioactive compounds and antioxidant/antiradical activity in fresh-cut fruits of sweet pepper cv. ‘Blondy F ’ and ‘Yecla F...

  12. Modeling the response of peach fruit growth to water stress.

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    Génard, M; Huguet, J G

    1996-04-01

    We applied a semi-mechanistic model of fresh matter accumulation to peach fruit during the stage of rapid mesocarp development. The model, which is based on simple hypotheses of fluid flows into and out of the fruit, assumes that solution flow into the fruit increases with fruit weight and transpiration per unit weight, and decreases with the maximum daily shrinkage of the trunk, which was used as an indicator of water stress. Fruit transpiration was assumed to increase with fruit size and with radiation. Fruit respiration was considered to be related to fruit growth and to temperature. The model simulates variability in growth among fruits according to climatic conditions, degree of water stress and weight of the fruit at the beginning of the simulation. We used data obtained from well-watered and water-stressed trees grown in containers to estimate model parameters and to test the model. There was close agreement between the simulated and measured values. A sensitivity analysis showed that initial fruit weight partly determined the variation in growth among fruits. The analysis also indicated that there was an optimal irradiance for fruit growth and that the effect of high global radiation on growth varied according to the stage of fruit development. Water stress, which was the most important factor influencing fruit growth, rapidly depressed growth, particularly when applied late in the season.

  13. Application of edible active films coatings on preservation of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables%可食性活性涂膜在鲜切果蔬保鲜中的应用

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    萨仁高娃; 胡文忠; 修志龙; 姜爱丽; 冯可

    2015-01-01

    可食性涂膜是一种由天然可食性材料制成的选择透过性薄膜,具有调节果蔬内部气体交换、减少水分损失、降低腐烂率及延长货架期的特性,在果蔬包装及保鲜领域中已引起广泛关注。鲜切果蔬具有新鲜、方便、快捷等特点,已在全球范围内广泛供应餐饮业及零售业。可食性涂膜作为多种食品添加剂的载体常应用于生鲜产品中,且将活性添加剂与可食性涂膜结合可以延长鲜切果蔬的货架期,提高果蔬品质,减少果蔬表面致腐及致病菌增长的风险。可食性活性涂膜将作为一种绿色、安全、营养的保鲜技术,并将应用于鲜切果蔬保鲜领域的研究。本文综述了可食性涂膜的分类及其添加的抗菌剂、抗氧化剂、塑形剂、营养素等活性成分在鲜切果蔬保鲜中的应用,旨在开发用于鲜切果蔬保鲜的功能性可食性涂膜。%Edible film is a kind of selectively permeable membrane which is made of natural edible material. It can coordinate the gas exchange, reduce the water loss and the rot rate, and prolong the shelf-life of fruits and vegetables. Edible coating film has gained a wide concern in the fields of food package and food storage. Fresh-cut fruits and vegetables had the characters of fresh, convenient, and rapid, which were widely applied in catering industry and retail industry. Edible coating as carrier of food adding agent were applied in fresh products. It incorporated with active adding agent that would prolong the shelf life, improve quality of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, and reduce the increasing of pathogenic bacteria. Edible coating had been applied to preservation for fresh-cut fruits and vegetables as a kind of preservation technology of food safety. The application of edible coating classification and adding active ingredient of antimicrobial, antioxidant, nutrient on fresh-cut fruits and vegetables was reviewed in this paper. The

  14. Research progress of storage of fresh-cut fruits and juices by natural antimicrobials%天然防腐剂在鲜切水果和果汁保鲜中的研究进展

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    王怡; 陆利霞; 熊晓辉

    2012-01-01

    With improved living standard , the demand for low - calorie foods are increasing. The consumption of ready - to - eat fresh - cut fruits and fruit juices is gradually increased because of the attention to the food safety. Due to damaged tissue and form, fresh -cut fruits and fruit juices are easy polluted caused by pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms. If treated under inappropriate manipulation arid storage conditions, the product may be subject to microhm! diseases and spoilage. Quality loss in fresh -cut fruits and unpasteurized juices may be caused by microbiological, en-isymatic, chemical, or physical changes. Among these, microbiological cause is particularly important; first, micro-bial toxins or pathogenic microorganisms in the product are harmfal to the health of consumers; second , mierobial spoilage may incur economic losses to consumers. The use of antiseptic can effectively reduce mierobial pollution and enhance safety. Natural food additives can assure safety and maintain quality characteristics. Studies on the use of natural substances to prevent fresh - cut fruits and unpasteurized juices from microbiological spoilage have been significantly increased in recent years. This review summaries the different studies on the antimicrobial effectiveness to pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms in fresh - cut fruits and fruit juices by natural antimicrobials of animal, plant and mierobial origin%随着国民生活水平的提高,人们对低热量食品的需求不断增大,即食鲜切水果和果汁的消费也逐渐增加,它们的安全性越来越受到人们的重视.鲜切水果和果汁由于组织和形态被破坏极易受到病原微生物和腐败微生物的污染,如果加工或储存条件不当,极易造成微生物致病和腐败.微生物学、酶学、化学或物理学变化均能引起鲜切水果与未高温消毒果汁的质量损失.其中,微生物造成的损失非常重要,有两方面原因:一是微生物毒素或病原微

  15. 不同果水比对番木瓜汁变质动力学的影响%The Influence of Different Proportion of Fruit and Water on the Balance of Fresh Carica Papaya Juice Metamcrphism Dynamics

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    汪雪雁; 张钦发; 何淑华; 张义珂

    2016-01-01

    With fresh papaya juice as the research object, the effects of different the proportion of fruit and wa-ter on the balance of fresh carica papaya juice metamorphism dynamics were investigated, taking variations of sugar, acid, alcohol,and aldehyde in fresh papaya juice as the index to judge its quality. The results indicate that, over time, there are apparent quicker changes of the quality of papaya juice in higher of the proportion of fruit and water.%以鲜榨番木瓜汁为研究对象,以番木瓜汁中糖、酸、醇、醛的变化量作为其品质的判定指标,研究不同果水比对番木瓜汁变质动力学的影响。结果表明,果水比越大,即果汁越浓,番木瓜汁糖分损失越快,变质越快。

  16. Increasing Fruit and Vegetable Consumption during Elementary School Snack Periods Using Incentives, Prompting and Role Modeling

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    Bica, Lori A.; Jamelske, Eric M.; Lagorio, Carla H.

    2016-01-01

    Purpose/Objectives: American children's consumption of fruits and vegetables (FVs) does not meet current recommendations. Hence, several federally funded, school-based programs have been initiated over the last several years. One such program is the United States Department of Agriculture Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP), which provides…

  17. Effects of Organic Acids Treatments with or without Ultra-Sonic Treatment on Increasing the Shelf Life of Fresh Cut Kiwifruit

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    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available The market sales of ready to use fresh cut fruits have grown rapidly in recent decades. Kiwi fruit is an important fruit that its marketing as fresh cut has increased in recent years. The main limiting factors in shelf life of fresh cut fruits are microbial spoilage, drastic softening and browning. In this study, the effects of oxalic and citric acids, both at 0, 2, 4 and 6 mM concentrations, with or without ultra-sonic treatment were investigated on the increasing the shelf life of fresh cut kiwi fruit. After treatments, the fresh slices were stored at 2°C for 7 or 14 days and assessed for several traits and analyzed. Results showed that, oxalic and citric acid treated slices, in comparison to the control, had greater marketability, as well as higher flesh firmness, titrable acidity, ascorbic acid content, total phenol content and antioxidant capacity and smaller bacterial forming colony unit (CFU. Among the treatments, 2, 4 and 6 mM oxalic acid and 6 mM citric acid treatments were found more appropriate than the reaming treatments. Application of ultra-sonic treatment, despite the reduction of microbial load and maintaining antioxidant capacity, had no effects on marketability of fresh cut kiwi fruit. Hence, application of organic acid treatments as dipping can be used to increase the shelf life of fresh cut kiwi fruit.

  18. 基于绿色供应链的鲜蔬鲜果冷链物流效率分析%ANALYSIS ON EFFICIENCY OF FRESH VEGETABLE AND FRUIT COLD CHAIN BASED ON GREEN SUPPLY CHAIN

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    胡滢

    2015-01-01

    为了响应国家对于环保的号召,促进我国果蔬物流行业的可持续发展,绿色供应链策略成为我国冷链物流发展的关键因素.随着人们对于果蔬需求的不断提升,鲜蔬鲜果冷链物流的需求也进一步增加,如何提高我国冷链物流效率成为果蔬物流行业发展的主要问题.文章主要通过对绿色供应链的定义、主要内容和食品冷链物流等理论进行梳理和总结,分析我国鲜蔬鲜果冷链物流发展现状,主要呈现果蔬产销发展迅速、果蔬冷链物流水平较低和果蔬冷链物流问题较多等特点,并进一步从冷链物流流程和绿色环保两方面,基于绿色供应链角度,对我国鲜蔬鲜果冷链物流效率进行研究,发现其运输损耗率较高,虽然在环保投资额和包装回收率等方面都有所提升,但是与发达国家还存在一定差距.文章最后从政府、行业和企业3方面,为鲜蔬鲜果冷链物流的发展提出对策建议.%In order to respond to the national call for environmental protection, and promote the sustainable devel-opment of China's fruit and vegetable logistics industry, green supply chain strategy has become the key factor in the development of cold chain logistics in China. Along with the rising demand of the people for fruits and vegetables, fresh vegetable and fruit cold chain logistics demand is further increased, how to improve the efficiency of cold chain logistics in China has already become the main problem of the development of the vegetable and fruit logistics industry. Through review and summary the main content and definition of green supply chain, and the food cold chain logistics theory, This paper mainly analyses China's fruit and vegetable cold chain logistics development situa-tion, mainly showing the rapid development of fruit and vegetable production and marketing, fruit and vegetable cold chain logistics level is low and more problems of vegetables and fruit cold chain logistics

  19. Experimetal study on monitoring ozonated water disinfection of fresh-cut fruit and vegetables by ORP%用ORP监控鲜切果蔬臭氧水消毒的实验研究

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    李尤; 刘钟阳; 都健

    2011-01-01

    研究了用氧化还原电位(ORP)监控臭氧水对鲜切果蔬的消毒灭菌过程,通过不同ORP的臭氧水消毒实验发现,将鲜切果蔬浸入ORP超过800mV的臭氧水中超过30s可以使细菌总数下降约2个数量级.通过改变臭氧浓度和水温的方法研究了臭氧水ORP的影响因素,得出了提高臭氧气体浓度和低温制冷有利于制取高ORP臭氧水的结论.结果表明,利用ORP监测臭氧水的消毒能力是可行的.%Monitoring the process of disinfection and sterilization of fresh-cut fruit and vegetables treated with ozonated water by ORP was studied.It was found that the number of total bacterial counts was reduced by the order of about 102 by immerging fresh-cut fruit and vegetables into ozonated water with ORP above 800mV over 30s through ozonated water disinfection and sterilization experiment with different values of ORP.The influence factors of ORP of ozonated water were studied by changing concentration of ozonated and water temperature.It was concluded that increasing the concentration of ozone and lowering the water temperature tend to produce ozonated water with high ORP.The study showed that it was feasible to monitor the ability of disinfection and sterilization of fresh-cut fruit and vegetables with ozonated water by ORP.

  20. Analysis on Changes of Amino Acid and Soluble Solid Content during Fresh -keeping of Fruit Sugarcane%果蔗保鲜过程中可溶性固形物和氨基酸变化分析

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    李瑞美; 李海明; 潘世明

    2011-01-01

    采用鱼腥草、丁香、高良姜、藿香、白藓皮和EM茵等制剂对果蔗进行冷藏(0 ~4℃)保鲜处理,结果表明:不同处理出汁率不同,真空包装的出汁率高于未包装的;处理40d后,各处理pH急剧下降,品质劣化加剧;果蔗保鲜过程中所有处理的可溶性固形物均呈现出由下降转为上升再下降的趋势,丁香、高良姜、藿香处理能保持较高的pH,其鲜味氨基酸含量、17种氨基酸总量较高,保鲜效果较好.%The fruit sugarcanes were dipped in the antibacterial solution which contained Houltuynia or Cloves or Galangal or Agastache or Dictamnus albus or EM microorganism, and then they were preserved at 0 ~4 ℃. The results showed that there was different juice yield in different treatments, and the juice yield of vacuum - packed fruit sugarcane was higher than that of unpacked one. The pH - value of fruit sugarcanes in all treatments decreased sharply and their quality depredated greatly after 40 days' treatment. The soluble solid content of fruit sugarcanes in all treatments showed the trend of fall - rising - decline during fresh - keeping. The pH -value, delicious amino acids content and 17 kinds of amino acids content maintained high level in the treatment of Cloves, Galangal and Agastache, and these treatments had good fresh - keeping effect.

  1. Utilization of physicochemical variables developed from changes in sensory attributes and consumer acceptability to predict the shelf life of fresh-cut mango fruit

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    Salinas-Hernández, Rosa María; González-Aguilar, Gustavo A; Tiznado-Hernández, Martín Ernesto

    2015-01-01

    ...*, chroma and hue angle), total soluble solids (TSS), firmness (F), pH, acidity, and the sensory attributes of appearance, brightness, browning, odor, flavor, texture, color, acidity and sweetness were evaluated in fresh cut mangoes (FCM...

  2. Efeito do tipo de corte e sanificantes no amaciamento de pequi (Caryocar brasiliense Camb. minimamente processado Effect of the cut type and sanitizers on the softening of fresh cut pequi fruit (Caryocar brasiliense Camb.

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    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Frutos e hortaliças minimamente processados devem apresentar atributos de conveniência e qualidade do produto fresco. Com o presente trabalho, objetivou-se avaliar a influência dos sanificantes hipoclorito de sódio (NaClO 50 ppm e 100 ppm e peróxido de hidrogênio (H2O2 4% e 6%, sobre os processos envolvidos no amaciamento de pequi (Caryocar brasiliense Camb. minimamente processado submetido a dois tipos de processamento: "caroço fatiado" e "caroço inteiro" e armazenado a 6 ± 1ºC e 90% a 95% UR, durante 15 dias. A cada três dias foram avaliados: perda de massa, firmeza, pectina total, pectina solúvel, atividade de pectinametilesterase (PME e atividade de poligalacturonase (PG. O pequi minimamente processado apresentou perda de massa e decréscimo de firmeza ao longo do período de armazenamento, concomitante ao aumento da atividade da enzima poligalacturonase, bem como solubilização de substâncias pécticas. Não foi verificada atividade de PME no pequi minimamente processado avaliado. Os caroços fatiados apresentaram maior teor de pectina solúvel, do 3° ao 6° dia e atividade da enzima poligalacturonase, do 3° ao 12° dia de armazenamento, em relação aos caroços inteiros. A sanificação com NaClO 50 ppm e 100 ppm, H2O2 4% e 6% determinou maior solubilização péctica em pequis minimamente processados, ao longo do armazenamento, não sendo observada influência dos sanificantes sobre as variáveis firmeza, perda de massa e atividade de poligalacturonase.Fresh cut fruits and vegetables should present convenience and quality features of the fresh produce. The present work aimed to evaluate the influence of the sanitizers 50ppm and 100ppm sodium hypochloride (NaClO and 4% and 6% hydrogen peroxide (H2O2 on the involved processes in the softening of fresh cut pequi fruit (Caryocar brasiliense Camb. submitted to two types of processing: "sliced stone" and "whole stone" stored at 6 ± 1°C and 90% to 95% of RH during 15 days

  3. Volatile compounds profile of fresh-cut peki fruit stored under different temperatures Perfil dos compostos voláteis do pequi minimamente processado armazenado sob diferentes temperaturas

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    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this work was to identify and verify the influence of time and temperature on the volatile compounds profile of fresh cut peki. Peki fruits were washed, sanitized, their kernels were extracted, and they were packaged and stored for 15 days at 0, 5, and 10 °C and 6 days at 22 °C. The volatiles compounds were analyzed by GC - MS. Ethyl hexanoate and ethyl octanoate were found in higher percentages, 63 and 16.3%, respectively. The determined volatiles were not influenced by the storage period. Hexanoic acid, ethyl 2-octenoate and ethyl decanoate were not influenced by the different temperatures. The temperatures 0, 5, and 10 °C did not influence ethyl hexanoate, ethyl 2-hexenoate and ethyl octanoate either. In addition, the temperatures 5, 10, and 22 °C did not influence ethyl hexanoate, cis-β-ocimene and ethyl octanoate. The temperature of 22 °C determined higher percentages of ethyl hexanoate and lower percentages of ethyl octanoate, in comparison to the temperature of 0 °C, and higher percentages of ethyl 2-hexenoate in comparison to the temperatures of 0, 5, and 10 °C. The temperature of 5 °C determined higher percentage of cis-β-ocimene when compared with the temperature of 0 °C. The storage temperatures of 0 and 5 °C were the most appropriate for the conservation.O objetivo do trabalho foi identificar e verificar a influência do tempo e da temperatura sobre o perfil dos compostos voláteis de pequi minimamente processado. O pequi foi lavado, sanificado, seus pirênios extraídos, embalados e armazenados por 15 dias a 0, 5 e 10 °C e 6 dias a 22 °C. Os compostos voláteis foram analisados por CG-EM. Hexanoato de etila e octanoato de etila foram encontrados em porcentagens mais altas, 63 e 16.3% respectivamente. Os voláteis determinados não foram influenciados pelo tempo de armazenamento. Ácido hexanóico, 2-octenoato de etila e decanoato de etila não foram influenciados pelas diferentes temperaturas. As

  4. Effects of different fresh-keeping transportation modes on quality of litchi fruit%不同保鲜运输方式对荔枝果实品质的影响

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    杨松夏; 吕恩利; 陆华忠; 曾志雄; 唐本源

    2014-01-01

    Litchi is special fruit in China. It is important and difficult to keep fresh for litchi during transportation after harvest because it matures in hot seasons and will deteriorate rapidly while stored and transported in normal atmospheric temperature. Foam box with ice, refrigeration, and controlled atmosphere are three main fresh-keeping transportation modes for litchi at present. In order to obtain the effects of different fresh-keeping transportation modes on the quality of litchi fruit, the experiments of these three fresh-keeping transportation modes for “Feizixiao” litchi were carried out based on fresh-keeping transportation platform for fruits and vegetables. The developed fresh-keeping transportation platform can adjust temperature, relative humidity and oxygen volume fraction automatically and intelligently according to initial parameters setting and real time feedback from container to create a suitable fresh-keeping environment for litchi. The main processing of the three experiments is conducted as follows. For the experiment of ice-added transportation in foam box, litchi was packaged with polyethylene bags and then put into foam boxes with appropriate crushed ice (mass proportion of ice to fruit was about 0.30) to maintain low temperature. While for the refrigerated transportation experiment, litchi was packaged with perforated polyethylene bags (aperture ratio was 5%) and then put into plastic baskets, keeping the container environment temperature of 3-5℃ and relative humidity of 90%-95%. The package type of the controlled atmosphere transportation experiment was the same as that of the refrigerated transportation experiment and the two experiments were at the same temperature and relative humidity in container, but the oxygen volume fraction should be set to 3%-5%. On this basis, the foam boxes or plastic baskets with packaged litchi were fixed on the vibration device workbench located in the container of fresh-keeping transportation platform

  5. FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES MARKET IN MINEIROS, GOIÁS STATE, BRAZIL MERCADO DE HORTIFRUTÍCOLAS FRESCAS NO MUNICÍPIO DE MINEIROS-GO

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    Oscar Barbosa Martins Filho; Núbia Sousa Carrijo; Marilaine de Sá Fernandes; Mauro Brasil Dias Tofanelli

    2008-01-01

    The complex fruit and vegetable commercialization system requires constant marketing studies for elaboration and implementation of strategies and actions to improve it. The objective of this study was to evaluate fruits and vegetables commercialization in the Mineiros municipality, Goiás State, B...

  6. Effects of Hypobaric Cold Storage Technology on Preservation of Fresh-cut Fruits and Vegetables%减压冷藏技术对鲜切果蔬保鲜效果的研究

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    胡欣; 张长峰; 郑先章

    2012-01-01

    以花王菜等6种蔬菜和苹果为试材,研究减压冷藏技术对鲜切果蔬的保鲜效果.结果表明,减压冷藏处理技术是可应用于鲜切果蔬保鲜的新技术.将果蔬原材料经减压冷藏处理(压力范围为600~3 200 Pa),再清洗切割加工成鲜切产品,可比普通冷藏有效减缓山药、土豆和苹果等鲜切产品的褐变;明显减少鲜切花王菜、鸡毛菜和空心菜的萎蔫、黄叶与腐烂,保持鲜切绿叶菜的新鲜品质;切割前的减压冷藏结合真空预冷,可大大减轻鲜切西兰花的黄化、萎蔫、花粒变大、脱落及切面的褐变与腐烂,显著延长鲜切果蔬的冷藏货架期及冷链断链保鲜期.%The experiments used 6 kinds of vegetables and apple as material to research the preservation effects by using hypobaric cold storage technology. The results indicated that, the hypobaric cold storage treatment technology was an advanced new technology of preservation and process for fresh-cut vegetables and fruits. The raw materials of fruits and vegetables were treated by hypobaric cold storage, pressure 600-3 200 Pa, followed washing and cutting to fresh-cut products. Compared with normal cold storage, the hypobaric cold storage treatment technology could retard the brown degree of cut face of yam, potato and apple, decrease the wilting, yellow leaf and rotting of Huawang vegetable, Jimao vegetable and swamp cabbage, also kept their good fresh quality. Hypobaric cold storage before cutting combined with vaccum pre -cooling treatment could greatly readuce the yellow changed, wilting, flower grain growing and dropping, brown degree of cut face and rotting of broccoli, and prolong the shelf life of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables and preservation period of cold chain scission.

  7. Fate of Escherichia coli O157:H7 on Fresh-Cut Apple Tissue and Its Potential for Transmission by Fruit Flies

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    Janisiewicz, W. J.; Conway, W. S.; Brown, M. W.; Sapers, G. M.; Fratamico, P.; Buchanan, R. L.

    1999-01-01

    Pathogenic Escherichia coli O157:H7, as well as nonpathogenic strains ATCC 11775 and ATCC 23716, grew exponentially in wounds on Golden Delicious apple fruit. The exponential growth occurred over a longer time period on fruit inoculated with a lower concentration of the bacterium than on fruit inoculated with a higher concentration. The bacterium reached the maximum population supported in the wounds regardless of the initial inoculum concentrations. Populations of E. coli O157:H7 in various concentrations of sterilized apple juice and unsterilized cider declined over time and declined more quickly in diluted juice and cider. The decline was greater in the unsterilized cider than in juice, which may have resulted from the interaction of E. coli O157:H7 with natural populations of yeasts that increased with time. Experiments on the transmission of E. coli by fruit flies, collected from a compost pile of decaying apples and peaches, were conducted with strain F-11775, a fluorescent transformant of nonpathogenic E. coli ATCC 11775. Fruit flies were easily contaminated externally and internally with E. coli F-11775 after contact with the bacterium source. The flies transmitted this bacterium to uncontaminated apple wounds, resulting in a high incidence of contaminated wounds. Populations of the bacterium in apple wounds increased significantly during the first 48 h after transmission. Further studies under commercial conditions are necessary to confirm these findings. PMID:9872751

  8. Antibacterial effect of 405±5nm light emitting diode illumination against Escherichia coli O157:H7, Listeria monocytogenes, and Salmonella on the surface of fresh-cut mango and its influence on fruit quality.

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    Kim, Min-Jeong; Tang, Chee Hwa; Bang, Woo Suk; Yuk, Hyun-Gyun

    2017-03-06

    To investigate a potential of 405±5nm light emitting diode (LED) as a novel technology for food preservation, the antibacterial effect of 405±5nm LED on Escherichia coli O157:H7, Listeria monocytogenes, and Salmonella spp. on the surface of fresh-cut mango and its influence on fruit quality were evaluated at different storage temperatures. LED-illumination inactivated 1.0-1.6 logCFU/cm(2) of populations at 4 and 10°C for 36-48h (total dose, 2.6-3.5kJ/cm(2)) regardless of bacterial species, while those on non-illuminated mange remained unchanged or slightly increased during storage. At 20°C for 24h (total dose, 1.7kJ/cm(2)), non-illuminated E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella gradually grew, whereas LED-illumination reduced 1.2 log of Salmonella and inhibited the growth of E. coli O157:H7. Unlike these, non-illuminated L. monocytogenes cells rapidly increased to 7.3 log, while illuminated cells reached 4.6 log, revealing that LED-illumination delayed their growth. There were no significant (P>0.05) differences in color, antioxidant capacity, ascorbic acid, β-carotene, and flavonoid between non-illuminated and illuminated cut mangoes, regardless of storage temperature. These results suggest that 405±5nm LEDs in combination with chilling temperatures could be applied to preserve fresh-cut fruits without deterioration of physicochemical quality of fruits at food establishments, minimizing the risk of foodborne disease. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. 基于生物阻抗特性的苹果新鲜度无损测定%Non-destructive Detection of Freshness Grade for Apple Fruit Based on Bio-impedance Properties

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    蔡骋; 李晓龙; 马惠玲; 任小林; 黄良妹; 曾燕春

    2013-01-01

    Bioimpedance properties of Fuji apple fruit with different freshness were investigated. Fruit with weight loss of 0, 5%, 10%, 15% and core-browning under room temperature were chosen as samples corresponding to descending freshness grades of 1 ,2 ,3 ,4 ,5 , respectively. 126 observations of 14 bio-impedance parameters under nine frequencies of total 424 fruit from each grade were measured fruit by fruit with LCR impedance meter. Data were computed by using the sparse principal component analysis - linear classifier ( SPCA - LDC) model. Results indicated that classification accuracy reached to maximum stably when the ratio of training sample to test sample of 9: 1 and former 39 ~ 45 principal component ( PC ) were adopted. The least 39 PCs were consisted of 44 from the 126 observations. Average rate of classification accuracy reached to 87. 90% within 50 test repeats.%以红富士苹果为试材,在室温下贮存得到失重率0、5%、10%、15%和果心褐变果实,分别定义为1、2、3、4、5级新鲜度,采用LCR阻抗仪测定各等级共424个果实的14个生物阻抗参数在9个频率点下的126个特征值.通过稀疏主元分析-线性分类器(SPCA-LDC)模型试验,得出适宜的选样比例(训练样本数与测试样本数之比)为9∶1,主元数达到前39~45个时分级正确率达到最大值;构成至少39个主元的生物阻抗特征参数为44个;50次重复试验的分级正确率平均值为87.90%.

  10. Logistics Management Strategies to Improve Food Safety of Fresh Fruits at Retail Outlets: The Case of Year-Round Sourcing of Strawberries.

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    Rijpkema, W.A.; Rossi, R.; Vorst, van der J.G.A.J.

    2013-01-01

    The quality of most fresh products deteriorates as a function of environmental conditions and time, resulting in reduced market value and ultimately in product waste. Although product spoilage significantly impacts the performance of perishable supply chains often supply chain design strategies do

  11. 78 FR 25623 - Importation of Fresh Beans, Shelled or in Pods, From Jordan Into the Continental United States

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    2013-05-02

    ... from Jordan. A quarantine pest is defined in Sec. 319.56-2 as ``a pest of potential economic importance...: Lycaenidae........ Medium Fungus Phoma exigua var. diversispora Ascomycete: Mitosporic fungi... Medium (Bub k... pest, the fungus Phoma exigua var. diversispora, also causes conspicuous damage to fresh beans in the...

  12. Purchase policies to fresh fruit and vegetables in supermarkets in Campo Grande, Brazil Formas de compra e procedência de hortaliças na rede de supermercados em Campo Grande (MS

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    Dario de O Lima-Filho

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available This study aims to analyze purchase policies to fruits and vegetables in supermarkets in Campo Grande, Brazilian Midwest. Thirteen interviews were conducted with representatives from supermarkets, small, medium and large, responsible for purchasing fresh vegetables. By analyzing the responses obtained through interviews, we can observe that producers make almost the entire supply of fruits and vegetables in large supermarkets from other states, and the small and medium establishments usually buy more with the local producer. For retailers, the fruits and vegetables represent an important factor to create internal circulation of customers in stores and a factor of attraction of clients too, in addition, this products offer high profitability. For the supermarket, the fruits and vegetables locally produced are fresher and have lower comparative cost. However, supply regularity, the volume and variety offered by local producers are considered unsatisfactory.O presente estudo objetiva analisar as formas de compra dos supermercados para o abastecimento de hortaliças em Campo Grande. Foram realizadas treze entrevistas com representantes de supermercados de pequeno, médio e grande porte, responsáveis pelas compras destes produtos. Os resultados revelam que praticamente todo o fornecimento de hortaliças nos grandes supermercados é feito por produtores de outros estados, sendo que os estabelecimentos de pequeno e médio porte ainda conseguem abastecer-se satisfatoriamente com os produtores locais. Para os varejistas, o setor de hortaliças representa importante espaço de geração de tráfego interno de clientes nas lojas, sendo um fator de atração. Pode-se verificar, ainda, que as hortaliças produzidas localmente atendem ao requisito "frescor" e também possuem menor custo comparativo, porém, a regularidade no fornecimento, o volume e a variedade oferecida pelos produtores locais são considerados insatisfatórios.

  13. 酶解生产鲜余甘子速溶粉加工工艺研究%Processing of instant powder from fresh fruits of Phyllanthus emblical by enzymatic hydrolysis

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    杨洪元; 蒋向军

    2012-01-01

    以余甘子鲜果为原料,采用粗碎复合护色、湿法超微粉碎、酶解、喷雾干燥等技术,研究了鲜余甘子速溶粉的生产工艺。结果表明:鲜果粗碎复合添加0.6g/LVc、4g/L柠檬酸、3g/L氯化钠3种护色剂处理3min,可明显减小余甘子果汁褐变;外加0.20mL/L果胶酶,0.4mL/L纤维素酶,在45℃下酶解70min,最后采用进风温度170℃、入料流量为20mL/min、喷头转速为20000r/min的操作条件进行喷雾干燥,得到水分含量低于3%,Vc含量达1012.5mg/100g的鲜余甘子速溶粉。%Using fresh seedless fruits of Phyllanthus emblical as raw material, crushing with color protecting, wet ultrafine grinding, enzymolysis and spray drying were adopted to study the processing technology of instant powder through orthogonal test. The results showed that instant powders from fresh fruits of Phyllanthus emblical whose moisture content was less than 3%, Vc contents were respectively 112.5 mg/100 g were prepared through the following processing: fresh fruit was prepared with color protecting, and hydrolyzed at 45 ~C for 70 min with addition of 0.20 mL/L pectinase and 0.40 mL/L cellulase, and manufactured by spray-drying under the optimum parameters of air-in temperature of 170 ℃, material-in flow of 20 mL/min and nozzle speed of 20000 r/min.

  14. Application of geothermal energy for heating and fresh water production in a brackish water greenhouse desalination unit. A case study from Algeria

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    Mahmoudi, Hacene [Laboratory of Water and Environment, Hassiba Ben Bouali University, Chlef, P.O. Box 151 (Algeria); Faculty of Sciences and Engineering Sciences, Hassiba Ben Bouali University, Chlef (Algeria); Spahis, Nawel [Faculty of Sciences and Engineering Sciences, Hassiba Ben Bouali University, Chlef (Algeria); Goosen, Mattheus F. [Office of Research and Graduate Studies, Alfaisal University, Riyadh (Saudi Arabia); Ghaffour, Noreddine [Middle East Desalination Research Center, P.O. Box 21, P.C. 133, Muscat (Oman); Drouiche, Nadjib [Silicon Technology Development Unit (UDTS), 2 Bd Frantz Fanon BP399, Algiers (Algeria); Ouagued, Abdellah [Laboratory of Water and Environment, Hassiba Ben Bouali University, Chlef, P.O. Box 151 (Algeria)

    2010-01-15

    The aim of this paper was to outline a proposed a new brackish water greenhouse desalination unit powered by geothermal energy for the development of arid and relatively cold regions, using Algeria as a case study. Countries which have abundant sea/brackish water resources and good geothermal conditions are ideal candidates for producing fresh water from sea/brackish water. The establishment of human habitats in these arid areas strongly depends on availability of fresh water. The main advantage of using geothermal energy to power brackish water greenhouse desalination units is that this renewable energy source can provide power 24 h a day. This resource is generally invariant with less intermittence problems compared to other renewable resources such as solar or wind energy. Geothermal resources can both be used to heat the greenhouses and to provide fresh water needed for irrigation of the crops cultivated inside the greenhouses. A review of the geothermal potential in the case study country is also outlined. (author)

  15. The Effect of Short-term Storage and the Hot Water Treatment of Fresh-Cut Pepper Fruit cv. ‛Blondy F1’ and ‛Yecla F1’ on the Content of Bioactive Compounds and Antioxidant Properties

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    Szwejda-Grzybowska Justyna I.

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the experiment was to determine the changes in the contents of bioactive compounds and antioxidant/antiradical activity in fresh-cut fruits of sweet pepper cv. ‘Blondy F1’ and ‘Yecla F1’, depending on the postharvest treatment. Treatment with hot water and short-term storage decreased the content of bioactive compounds and antioxidant/antiradical activity of fruit peppers. The treatment with water at 55 °C for 12 sec. of fresh-cut fruits caused lower losses in content of bioactive compounds and antioxidant/antiradical activities than the treatment with water at 45 °C for 10 min. There was a significant correlation between the content of total polyphenols and antioxidant and antiradical activity of pepper fruits depending on the cultivar and the experimental season.

  16. 75 FR 32310 - Importation of Fresh Unshu Oranges from the Republic of Korea into the Continental United States

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    2010-06-08

    ... displacement may be borne by Japanese exporters, since Japan is currently the other major supplier of Unshu... prescribed by the Japanese Government's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries and the U.S..., or Texas. (6) The identity of the fruit shall be maintained in the following manner: (i)...

  17. 75 FR 62455 - Importation of Fresh Unshu Oranges From the Republic of Korea Into the Continental United States

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    2010-10-12

    ... in terms of product displacement may be borne by Japanese exporters, since Japan is currently the... (Bactrocera tsuneonis) must be conducted as prescribed by the Japanese Government's Ministry of Agriculture..., California, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, or Texas. (6) The identity of the fruit shall be maintained in...

  18. Microbiological quality of selected ready-to-eat leaf vegetables, sprouts and non-pasteurized fresh fruit-vegetable juices including the presence of Cronobacter spp.

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    Berthold-Pluta, Anna; Garbowska, Monika; Stefańska, Ilona; Pluta, Antoni

    2017-08-01

    Bacteria of the genus Cronobacter are emerging food-borne pathogens. Foods contaminated with Cronobacter spp. may pose a risk to infants or adults with suppressed immunity. This study was aimed at determining the microbiological quality of ready-to-eat (RTE) plant-origin food products available on the Polish market with special emphasis on the prevalence of Cronobacter genus bacteria. Analyses were carried out on 60 samples of commercial RTE type plant-origin food products, including: leaf vegetables (20 samples), sprouts (20 samples) and non-pasteurized vegetable, fruit and fruit-vegetable juices (20 samples). All samples were determined for the total count of aerobic mesophilic bacteria (TAMB) and for the presence of Cronobacter spp. The isolates of Cronobacter spp. were subjected to genetic identification and differentiation by 16S rDNA sequencing, PCR-RFLP analysis and RAPD-PCR and evaluation of antibiotic susceptibility by the disk diffusion assay. The TAMB count in samples of lettuces, sprouts and non-pasteurized fruit, vegetable and fruit-vegetable juices was in the range of 5.6-7.6, 6.7-8.4 and 2.9-7.7 log CFU g(-1), respectively. The presence of Cronobacter spp. was detected in 21 (35%) samples of the products, including in 6 (30%) samples of leaf vegetables (rucola, lamb's lettuce, endive escarola and leaf vegetables mix) and in 15 (75%) samples of sprouts (alfalfa, broccoli, small radish, lentil, sunflower, leek and sprout mix). No presence of Cronobacter spp. was detected in the analyzed samples of non-pasteurized fruit, vegetable and fruit-vegetable juices. The 21 strains of Cronobacter spp. isolated from leaf vegetable and sprouts included: 13 strains of C. sakazakii, 4 strains of C. muytjensii, 2 strains of C. turicensis, one strain of C. malonaticus and one strain of C. condimenti. All isolated C. sakazakii, C. muytjensii, C. turicensis and C. malonaticus strains were sensitive to ampicillin, cefepime, chloramphenicol, gentamycin

  19. 不同贮藏方式对核桃鲜果采后生理及贮藏品质的影响%Effects of Different Storage Methods on Postharvest Physiology and Storage Quality of Fresh Walnut Fruit

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    杨曦; 张润光; 韩军岐; 张有林

    2015-01-01

    氧化物歧化酶(SOD)和过氧化氢酶(CAT)保持较高活性,同时抑制丙二醛的产生。贮后感官鉴评,塑料袋抽真空贮藏的核桃鲜果各项指标均得分最高,品质优良。【结论】核桃鲜果贮藏环境中的O2浓度越低,保鲜效果越好。核桃鲜果带果柄剪下,在温度4.0℃下预冷3 d,用低密度聚乙烯(LDPE)塑料袋抽真空包装,在温度(1.0±0.5)℃、相对湿度90%—95%条件下可贮藏120 d,贮后青皮褐变程度低,果实色、香、味、形俱佳。%[Objective] Fresh walnut fruit easily appears decay and browning, its kernel easily becomes mildewed and dehydrated during storage. The supply period of fresh walnut fruit is short and walnut used in production is often conserved by dry. The objective of this study is to provide a theoretical basis and technical method for prolonging the supply period of fresh walnut through studying its postharvest physiology and storage technology.[Method]‘Xiang ling’ walnut variety was used as raw material in this study, air flow method was used to analyze the respiratory intensity of fresh walnut with husk and fresh walnut without husk. Moreover, the respiration type was also studied. Before storage under the condition of temperature (1.0±0.5)℃, RH 90%-95%, the materials were subjected to storage in vacuum-package with plastic bag, modified atmosphere package with plastic bag, controlled atmosphere storage of text box, respectively. A contrast was prepared without any treatment. To study the effect of gas composition on postharvest physiology and storage technology of fresh walnut fruit, moisture content, reducing sugar content, lipid content, protein content, MDA content and oil acid value, iodine value, peroxide value of fresh walnut kernel were measured during storage. Related enzymes of fresh walnut kernel such as LOX activity, SOD activity and CAT activity were determined, too. Moreover, green husk browning index of fresh walnut fruit was evaluated in

  20. 二氧化氯处理对机械损伤猕猴桃果实的防腐保鲜效果%Fresh-Keeping Effect of Chlorine Dioxide on Hayward Kiwi Fruits with Mechanical Damage

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    田红炎; 饶景萍

    2012-01-01

    研究冷藏条件下二氧化氯(C102)处理对受损猕猴桃果实的防腐保鲜效果。以‘海沃德’果实为试材,对其进行压伤、果面刺伤两种机械损伤处理,压伤果和果面刺伤果均用60mg/LC102溶液浸泡20rain(分别记为T1和T2),以蒸馏水浸泡20min的健全果、压伤果和果面刺伤果作为对照(分别记为CK、CK1、CK2),比较处理和对照果的呼吸速率、乙烯释放速率、质量损失率、腐烂指数、过氧化物酶和苯丙氨酸解氨酶活性。结果表明,CKl和CK2的呼吸速率、乙烯释放速率、质量损失率和腐烂指数均高于CK,但T1、T2果实的上述指标均低于CKl和CK2(除质量损失率外),且在贮藏后期,T1和T2的过氧化物酶(POD)和苯丙氨酸解氨酶(PAL)活性均高于CKI和CK2,有效延长了贮藏期。说明C102处理对机械损伤猕猴桃具有明显的防腐保鲜效果,可有效降低腐烂损失。%The fresh-keeping effect of chlorine dioxide (C102) on Hayward kiwi fruits with mechanical damage during cold storage was explored. Crush and prick were used to stimulate the damage of Hayward kiwi fruits. Crushed and pricked fruits were dipped into 60 mg/L C102 for 20 min (denoted by T1 and T2, respectively). Intact, crushed and pricked fruits were dipped into distilled water for 20 min (denoted by CK, CKI and CKa, respectively). Physicochemical indices such as respiratory rate, ethylene release rate, weight loss and decay index of C102-treated fruits were compared with those of control fruits. The respiration rates, ethylene peaks, weight loss rates and decay indices of CKa and CKa were higher than those of CK; C102 treatment resulted in a decrease of these indices in fruits with mechanical damage (except weight loss rate). During the later stage of storage, PAL and POD activities of T1 and T2 were higher than those of CK1 and CIr. Moreover, C102 treatment significantly extended the shelf life and C102

  1. State-specific trends in fruit and vegetable consumption among adults --- United States, 2000-2009.

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    2010-09-10

    A diet high in fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk for many leading causes of death and can play an important role in weight management. Healthy People 2010 objectives for fruits and vegetables include targets of increasing to 75% the proportion of persons aged ≥2 years who consume two or more servings of fruit daily and to 50% those who consume three or more servings of vegetables daily. To assess states' progress over the past decade in meeting these targets among adults and to provide an update of the 2005 subgroup estimates, CDC analyzed data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). This report describes the results of that analysis, which indicated that, in 2009, an estimated 32.5% of adults consumed fruit two or more times per day and 26.3% consumed vegetables three or more times per day, far short of the national targets. Overall, the proportion of adults who met the fruit target declined slightly, but significantly, from 34.4% in 2000 to 32.5% in 2009; no significant change was observed in meeting the vegetable target. No state met either target, and substantial variability occurred among states. Only one state had statistically significant increases in the percentages of adults meeting each target. These findings underscore the need for interventions at national, state, and community levels, across multiple settings (e.g., worksites, community venues, and restaurants) to improve fruit and vegetable access, availability, and affordability, as a means of increasing individual consumption.

  2. Assessment of the Prevalence of Extended-Spectrum β-Lactamase-Producing Enterobacteriaceae in Ready-to-Eat Salads, Fresh-Cut Fruit, and Sprouts from the Swiss Market.

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    Nüesch-Inderbinen, Magdalena; Zurfluh, Kathrin; Peterhans, Sophie; Hächler, Herbert; Stephan, Roger

    2015-06-01

    Ready-to-eat (RTE) prepacked salads and fruit have been successfully marketed for the last decade in Switzerland and are increasingly important as a component of everyday diets. To determine whether extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Enterobacteriaceae are present in RTE salads, fresh-cut fruit, and sprouts on the Swiss market, samples of 238 mixed and unmixed RTE produce from a large production plant and 23 sprout samples from two sprout farms were analyzed. Further, four samples from the production plant's recycled wash water, which is used for crop irrigation, were analyzed. Twelve (5%) of the 238 RTE products and one of the recycled wash water samples yielded ESBL-producing Enterobacteriaceae. Strain identification and PCR analysis of the blaESBL genes revealed Kluyvera ascorbata isolated from a tomato sample harboring a blaCTX-M-2-like gene; multidrug-resistant (MDR) Enterobacter cloacae detected in a chives sample imported from Spain harboring the clinically important bla(CTX-M-15) gene; and 10 Serratia spp. isolated from mixed salads (bla(FONA-2) and bla(FONA-2)-like genes were found in 6 [60%] and bla(FONA-4)-like and bla(FONA-5)-like genes were each found in 2 [20%] of the isolates). The recycled wash water sample tested positive for one extraintestinal pathogenic MDR Escherichia coli B2:ST131 harboring bla(CTX-M-27) and for one MDR E. coli A:ST88 containing bla(CTX-M-3). None of the sprout samples tested positive for ESBL-producing Enterobacteriaceae. Overall, the majority of the Enterobacteriaceae detected in Swiss RTE produce were environmental strains producing minor ESBLs. The detection of an isolate producing a clinically important ESBL in a single sample and of an international circulating pathogenic strain (B2:ST131) in recycled wash water highlights the importance of surveillance of fresh produce and of recycled wash water that will be reused for irrigation purposes.

  3. Analysis of Consumers' Willingness to Pay for Traceable Fresh Fruits in Shanghai City and Countermeasures%上海市消费者对可追溯生鲜果品的支付意愿及对策分析

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    侯熙格

    2012-01-01

    By the survey of consumers'behaviour of purchasing fresh fruits,this paper researches the group characteristics of people who consume traceable fresh fruits,and analyses the main factors influencing consumers'willingness to purchase. Based on this,corresponding proposals are put forward as follows;first,the government should not only focus on supervision and regulation over food security,but also strengthen the education of food security knowledge,publicity and promotion of traceable system;second,the government and related enterprise should particularly pay attention to the impact of consumers'individual characteristics on willingness to purchase and purchase behaviours,and work out feasible strategy of traceable food marketing, according to consumers preferences, consumers'attention to health, consumers'attention to the healthy growth of children and other factors;finally,when implementing the system,the state and the government should take into full account the average income level of consumers,give full play to the effect of scale merit,and work out the reasonable price that can be accepted by most of consumers.%通过对消费者购买生鲜果品行为的调查,研究了可追溯生鲜果品消费者的群体特征,分析了影响消费者购买意愿的主要因素,在此基础上提出了相应的建议,即政府要加强食品安全知识和可追溯制度的宣传推广,将可追溯生鲜果品控制在合理的价格范畴内,制定合理的营销战略等建议.

  4. Focus on Fruits: 10 Tips to Eat More Fruits

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    ... vitamin C, and folate. Focus on whole fruits—fresh, canned, frozen, or dried—instead of juice. The sugar naturally found in fruit does not count as ... fruits to sweeten a recipe instead of adding sugar. 3 Think about ... (in water or 100% juice) as well as fresh, so that you always have a supply on ...

  5. Vulnerability of shallow ground water and drinking-water wells to nitrate in the United States: Model of predicted nitrate concentration in shallow, recently recharged ground water -- Input data set for fresh surface water withdrawal (gwava-s_swus)

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  6. Comportamiento Poscosecha y Evaluación de Calidad de Fruta Fresca de Guayaba en Diferentes Condiciones de Almacenamiento Postharvest Behavior and Quality Evaluation of Fresh Fruit Guava in Different Storage Conditions

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    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available La guayaba (Psidium guajava L. cultivar Roja es un producto altamente perecedero cuando se conserva en condiciones inadecuadas de temperatura, humedad relativa y empaque. En este trabajo se evaluó el comportamiento poscosecha y los atributos de calidad de esta fruta. El producto se almacenó a diferentes condiciones de temperatura y empaque. La evaluación poscosecha se realizó durante 15 días y se utilizó un diseño completamente al azar con arreglo factorial consistente en tres factores: 1. Tiempo de almacenamiento con seis niveles (0, 3, 6, 9, 12 y 15 días, 2. Temperatura de almacenamiento con dos niveles; ambiente (37± 2 °C y 85 a 90% de HR y refrigeración (9±2 °C y HR de 85 - 90% y 3. Dos tipos de empaques; bandeja de poliestireno con película plástica de PVC o cubiertas con papel de aluminio. Durante el periodo de almacenamiento se observó que los factores tiempo, temperatura y tipo de empaque tienen un efecto estadístico significativo (PThe guava fruit (Psidium guajava L. Red cultivar is a product very perishable when it is storage in inappropriate conditions of temperature, relative humidity and packing. In this work the postharvest behavior and quality indexes of fruit were evaluated. Fruits were storage to different temperatures and packing conditions. The postharvest evaluation was made during 15 days and was utilized a completely random factorial design with three factors: time of storage with six levels (0, 3, 6, 9, 12 and 15 days, storage temperature with two levels: room temperature 37 ± 2 °C and 85 to 90% RH and cold storage (9±2 °C and 85 to 90% RH; two type of package: tray of polystyrene covered with PVC film or aluminum foil. During storage was observed that time, temperature and packing type, have significant statistic effect (P<0.05 on equivalent diameter, sphericity, bulk density, total soluble solids, pH and titratable acidity of fruits. The fresh fruit packed in polystyrene tray covered with PVC film

  7. Advances in the Application of Chitosan Coating in Fresh-keeping of Fruits and Vegetables%壳聚糖复合涂膜在果蔬保鲜中的应用研究进展

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    张洪; 王明力; 毛玉涛

    2011-01-01

    Chitosan is safe and non-toxic to people, which has the advantages of biodegradability and strong antimicrobial activity as a natural food preservative. In recent years, the technology of chitosan coating has become a research focus on storage of fruits and vegetables. In this paper, the studies on application of chitosan in fresh-keeping of fruits and vegetables at home and abroad were reviewed. Moreover, the existing problems and development trends were proposed.%天然食品防腐剂壳聚糖具有易于生物降解、抗菌性强、安全无毒等优点.近年来,壳聚糖复合涂膜保鲜技术已成为保鲜领域的研究热点.笔者从壳聚糖与其他天然防腐剂的复合及改性壳聚糖在果蔬保鲜中的应用等方面,对国内外有关壳聚糖复合物保鲜应用的研究进行了综述,提出了现阶段壳聚糖复合物保鲜技术研究与应用中存在的问题及其今后的研究发展方向.

  8. ANÁLISIS EMPRESARIAL DE LAS COOPERATIVAS DEL SECTOR DE LA FRUTA DULCE EN CATALUÑA / BUSINESS ANALYSIS OF CATALONIAN FRESH FRUIT COOPERATIVES

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available El cooperativismo agrario ha estado ligado desde sus orígenes al sector de las frutas y hortalizas, sector que arrastra desde hace años una problemática de carácter estructural, incrementada, sobretodo en el caso de la fruta, por las graves crisis de precios, la saturación de los mercados y una competencia creciente de las importaciones de terceros países. En este difícil marco, los productores deben seguir invirtiendo para mantener la competitividad y la rentabilidad de sus explotaciones, y las cooperativas, por su importancia económica, deben acometer políticas que permitan garantizar la viabilidad de dicho sector. En el presente trabajo realizamos un análisis del sector cooperativo frutícola catalán, con el fin de detectar sus puntos fuertes y débiles, así como posibles carencias y demandas. Las conclusiones muestran que las cooperativas son importantes en el sector de la fruticultura, debido sobretodo a su contribución activa a la conservación del territorio y su papel generador de empleo en numerosas zonas rurales. Pero se hace necesario la adopción de firmes decisiones y la implantación de medidas de apoyo que permitan garantizar los intereses de los socios y las necesidades de los consumidores./ The agricultural cooperatives have been linked from the origins to fruit and vegetable sector. This sector dragged on for years a structural problem, increased, especially in the case of fruit, for serious price crisis, the market saturation and increasing competition. In this difficult context, producers must keep investing to maintain competitiveness and profitability. The cooperatives, by their economic importance, should undertake policies to ensure the viability of this sector. In this paper we do an analysis of Catalan fruit cooperative sector, to identify their strengths and weaknesses, and possible deficiencies and demands. The findings show that cooperatives are important in the fruit growing sector, mainly due to their

  9. Effects of Food Antioxidants on the Antifungal Activities and Fresh-keeping of Litchi Fruits%食品添加剂对荔枝采后病原菌的抑菌活性及其保鲜效果

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    赵超; 王家保; 胡美姣; 李敏; 杨凤珍; 高兆银; 张新春

    2011-01-01

    研究18种食品添加剂对荔枝采后病原菌的抑菌活性及保鲜效果,结果表明:在100μg/mL浓度下,邻苯基苯酚钠、叔丁基对苯二酚、脱氢醋酸钠、3-叔-4-羟基苯甲醚、联苯对3种病原菌的平均抑菌活性大于70%,其它13种食品添加剂的平均抑菌活性小于50%.在常温下,维生素E、甘草抗氧化剂对荔枝具有较好的保鲜效果,防效大于38%,邻苯基苯酚钠、异抗坏血酸钙、叔丁基对苯二酚有促进荔枝果皮褐变的作用,其他13种食品添加剂对荔枝的防腐保鲜效果介于0~30%之间.在低温贮藏条件下,维生素E、甘草抗氧化剂处理的荔枝花色苷降解较对照缓慢,能显著抑制PPO、POD酶活性,延缓SOD酶活性下降,从而延缓荔枝果实的衰老.%The antifungal activities of 18 food additives against postharvest pathogenic fungi and their preservation effect on litchi fruit were studied. The results showed at the concentration of 100 μg/ml, the average antifungal activity of sodium o-phenylphenolate, tertiary butylhydroquinone, sodium dehydroacetate, 3-tert-butyl-4-hydroxyanisole and biphenyls on 3 pathogens was toeater than 70%, and other 13 food additives was less than 50%. At room temperature fruits treated with vitamin E and licorice root antioxidant had better fresh keeping effect, and the control effect was over 38%. The browning speed of pericarp accelerated after treated with sodium o-phenylphenolate, calcium erythorbate and 3-tert- butyl-4-hydroxyanisole, and the fresh keeping effect of the rest 13 food additives was between 0~30%. At lower storage temperature, compared to the control, the treatment of Vitamin E and licorice mot antioxidant significantly reduced the activities of PPO and POD, maintained higher activity of superoxide dismutase(SOD) , and significantly delayed fruit consenescence.

  10. 76 FR 18511 - Notice of Decision To Issue Permits for the Importation of Fresh Figs From Chile into the...

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    ..., and baby kiwi fruit from Chile. We solicited comments on the notice for 60 days ending on April 12... fresh pomegranates and baby kiwi from Chile into the United States,\\2\\ published in the Federal Register... pomegranates and baby kiwi from Chile in our May 2010 notice. The commenter stated that fumigation of...

  11. 76 FR 65985 - Importation of Litchi and Longan Fruit From Vietnam Into the Continental United States

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    ... produced free of disease caused by P. litchii. Paragraph (b) of proposed Sec. 319.56-54 would set out... be in a situation to introduce the disease because free water is required for the spores to infect a... of disease caused by Phytophthora litchii. (b) Treatment. Litchi and longan fruit must be...

  12. MERCADO DE HORTIFRUTÍCOLAS FRESCAS NO MUNICÍPIO DE MINEIROS-GO FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES MARKET IN MINEIROS, GOIÁS STATE, BRAZIL

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    Mauro Brasil Dias Tofanelli

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    O complexo sistema de comercialização de hortifrutícolas requer estudos mercadológicos freqüentes, para a elaboração e implementação de estratégias e ações de melhorias do sistema. O objetivo deste trabalho foi realizar um levantamento do mercado de frutas e hortaliças, em Mineiros, GO, visando a fornecer informações mercadológicas ao setor varejista destes produtos. Foram realizadas pesquisas em equipamentos varejistas como supermercados, quitandas e feiras-livres, entre dezembro de 2005 e janeiro de 2006, mediante aplicação de questionário. Dentre as frutas relacionadas pelos resultados da pesquisa, a laranja foi a que apresentou o maior volume semanal de comercialização (7.196 kg, seguida da banana (2.812 kg, maçã (2.526 kg e abacaxi (1.935 kg. Entre as olerícolas, o tomate (7.854 kg, a melancia (6.600 kg, a cebola (4.882 kg e a batata inglesa (4.272 kg foram aquelas comercializadas em maior volume. Os supermercados e as quitandas são os principais responsáveis pelo comércio de frutas e hortaliças na região. O mercado destes produtos, no município, é dependente do fornecimento a longas distâncias, sendo o agronegócio de hortifruticultura local incapaz de abastecer o município em suas necessidades.

    PALAVRA-CHAVE:Hortaliças;comercialização; mercado; fruticultura; olericultura.

    The complex fruit and vegetable commercialization system requires constant marketing studies for elaboration and implementation of strategies and actions to improve

  13. 佛手鲜果与腌制果挥发油成分比较研究%A Comparative Study of Volatile Oils Between Fresh Fruitand Preserved Fruit of Bergamot

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    严赞开; 赖宣; 黄玉细; 张天仙

    2012-01-01

    GC-MS was used to detect the volatile components of the bergamot fruit which it was fresh and preserved for 4 months, 6 months, and 21, 24, 22 kinds of components were identified respectively. Among them, D-limonene, γ-terpinene, α-terpineol, geraniol, terpinen-4-ol, nerol, linalool and 5,7-dimethoxycoumarin were the major constituents. The results indicated that the major volatile components were d-(+)- limonene and alpha-terpinene were existed in fresh bergamot fruits, the relative content of the two kinds of substance were 61.43% and 18.43% respectively. The major volatile components were alcohols and esters in pickle bergamot fruit (preserved for 4 months), between the relative contents was 38.10%, 33.64%, separately. The aroma components of the pickle bergamot fruit (preserved for 6 months) were alcohols as the main ingredients, its relative content was 64.84%, the a-terpineol, geraniol and nerol relative content of 20.01%, 13.26% and 13.50%, respectively. Therefore, if the bergamot fruit was preserved for 6 months, the aroma components in alcohol content was increased gradually and its characteristic flavor was mainly from alcohols.%为了研究佛手果实腌制过程中香气成分的组成及变化,运用气相色谱-质谱联用仪分析佛手鲜果及腌制了4个月、6个月的佛手果挥发性成分.结果表明:分别检测到21、24、22种成分,主要香气成分为柠檬烯、γ-松油烯、α-松油醇、香叶醇、4-萜烯醇、橙花醇、芳樟醇、5,7-二甲氧基香豆素等.其中佛手鲜果的香气主要成分为d-柠檬烯和γ-松油烯,两者的相对含量分别为61.43%、18.43%;腌制4个月果的香气成分以醇类和酯类为主,两者的相对含量分别为38.10%、33.64%;腌制6个月的佛手果香气成分则以醇类为主,醇类的相对含量为64.84%,其中α-松油醇、香叶醇、橙花醇的相对含量分别为20.01%、13.26%和13.50%.因此,佛手果实在腌制6个月后,其香气成

  14. Comparação entre cultivares de carambola para produção de produtos minimamente processados Comparison among cultivars of star fruits for production of fresh-cut

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    2009-06-01

    minimamente processados.This work characterized star fruits 'Hart', 'Malasia' and 'Nota 10', to produce fresh-cut. Fruits newly picked were hygienized, stored for l2 hours at 12± 1ºC and 90 ± 5%RH, processed and the product was packaged in PET packages, and stored at 10.3 ± 1ºC and 80 ± 5%RH during 8 days. The fruit yield for fresh-cut production was evaluated, as well as its quality evolution every 2 days, for weight loss, appearance, rotten occurrence, colour, pH, titratable acidity contents (TA, soluble solids (SS, ascorbic acid (AA and ratio SS/TA. Fresh-cut yield was lower for 'Hart' (44.70%, intermediate for 'Nota 10' (66.38% and higher for 'Malasia' (72.58%. The weight loss, during the storage, was significantly greater on 'Hart' products, when compared to other cultivars. The appearance of products produced from 'Malasia' fruit kept good up to 6 days (level 3, when they showed themselves with marks of darkness; while that one produced with 'Harts' and 'Nota 10' kept good appearance for 4 days (level 3. The colour of the products changed from greenish to green-yellowish, as can it be showed for medium hue value, from 115.40 to 110.48. Soluble solids content of fresh-cut from 'Malasia' (7.26ºBrix and 'Hart' (6.97ºBrix did not vary significantly, and it was lower for 'Nota 10', 8.8ºBrix to 7.1ºBrix. Titratable acidity and pH (3.80 - 3.90 did not vary for 'Malasia' and 'Hart' products, leading to an unchangeable ratio. Ascorbic acid content of three cultivars presented an increase followed by a reduction during the storage period. The results indicated that 'Malasia' fruits were the better than Hart and Nota 10 cultivars for fresh-cut production.

  15. A Novel Aspartic Protease with HIV-1 Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitory Activity from Fresh Fruiting Bodies of the Wild Mushroom Xylaria hypoxylon

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A novel aspartic protease with HIV-1 RT inhibitory activity was isolated and characterized from fruiting bodies of the wild mushroom Xylaria hypoxylon. The purification protocol comprised distilled water homogenization and extraction step, three ion exchange chromatographic steps (on DEAE-cellulose, Q-Sepharose, and CM-cellulose in succession, and final purification was by FPLC on Superdex 75. The protease was adsorbed on all the three ion exchangers. It was a monomeric protein with a molecular mass of 43 kDa as estimated by SDS-PAGE and FPLC. Its N-terminal amino acid sequence was HYTELLSQVV, which exhibited no sequence homology to other proteases reported. The activity of the protease was adversely affected by Pepstatin A, indicating that it is an aspartic protease. The protease activity was maximal or nearly so in the pH range 6–8 and in the temperature range 35–60°C. The purified enzyme exhibited HIV-1 RT inhibitory activity with an IC50 value of 8.3 μM, but was devoid of antifungal, ribonuclease, and hemagglutinating activities.

  16. The Multi - vitamin Nutrient Fresh Vegetable Juice

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    @@ In the Tenth Five- Year Plan period, an important strategy for food industry is to develop fruit vegetable freshening and processing industry. Now,the consumable demand for vegetables turns to fresh,convenient, nutritious, safe and dean ones, while semi-processed vegetables and mixed fresh vegetable juices will meet this market demand exactly.

  17. Utilization of physicochemical variables developed from changes in sensory attributes and consumer acceptability to predict the shelf life of fresh-cut mango fruit.

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    Salinas-Hernández, Rosa María; González-Aguilar, Gustavo A; Tiznado-Hernández, Martín Ernesto

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    Sensory evaluation is the ideal tool for shelf-life determination. With the objective to develop an easy shelf-life indicator, color (L*, a*, b*, chroma and hue angle), total soluble solids (TSS), firmness (F), pH, acidity, and the sensory attributes of appearance, brightness, browning, odor, flavor, texture, color, acidity and sweetness were evaluated in fresh cut mangoes (FCM) stored at 5, 10, 15 and 20 °C. Overall acceptability was evaluated by consumers. Correlation analysis between sensory attributes and physicochemical variables was carried out. Physicochemical cut-off points based on sensory attributes and consumer acceptability was obtained by regression analysis and utilized to estimate FCM shelf-life by kinetic models fitted to each variable. The validation of the model was done by comparing the shelf life estimated by kinetic models and consumers. It was recorded large correlations between appearance, brightness, and color with L*; appearance and color with chroma and hue angle; sweetness and flavor with TSS, and between F and texture. The shelf life estimated based on consumer using a 9 point hedonic scale was in the range of 10-12, 2.3-2.6, 1.3-1.5 and 1.0-1.1 days for 5, 10, 15 and 20 °C. It was recorded large correlation coefficients between the shelf life estimated by consumer acceptability scores and physicochemical variables. Kinetic models based on physicochemical variables showed a tendency to overestimate the shelf life as compared with the models bases on the sensory attributes. It was concluded that physicochemical variables can be used as a tool to estimate the FCM shelf life.

  18. Picking fruit from our backyard's trees: The meaning of nostalgia in shaping Latinas' eating practices in the United States.

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    Viladrich, Anahí; Tagliaferro, Barbara

    2016-02-01

    Based on a focus group study conducted in New York City (NYC), this paper examines the traditional staples (i.e., nostalgic foods) that Latinas regularly consume in the U.S., along with their beliefs regarding the impact of such foods on weight gain and related body image. Our research findings highlight the "double-bind" of nostalgic foods, defined by Latinas' retention of highly caloric familiar items along with their progressive abandonment of fresh produce and fruits. Despite participants' efforts to eat healthy staples from their homelands, they mostly kept foods perceived as unhealthy (e.g., fatty meats, fried foods). This phenomenon was informed by the "same-food paradox," represented by Latinas' beliefs that the same traditional foods that would make them lose weight in their native countries would lead them to gain weight in the U.S. Our qualitative data show that participants' concerns about their weight gain in the U.S. is in tune with their general body dissatisfaction, as indicated by our quantitative results. Finally, our findings reveal the role of stress in promoting Latinas' deleterious daily habits, including their consumption of fat-saturated snacks. Overall, these results speak to the cultural and structural barriers to healthy eating that financially strapped study participants experienced in NYC. In order to design successful public health interventions targeting Latinas, the nostalgic aspects of food preferences should be considered in conjunction with the barriers that keep them from engaging with healthier lifestyles in the U.S.

  19. The Whole Truth about Whole Fruits

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    ... HealthDay News) -- Fresh fruits are loaded with fiber, antioxidants and other great nutrients. And studies show that ... t forget to eat a fruit's peel or skin when edible -- it's a powerhouse of nutrients. None ...

  20. Economic evaluation of pooled solvent/detergent treated plasma versus single donor fresh-frozen plasma in patients receiving plasma transfusions in the United States.

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    Huisman, Eline L; de Silva, Shamika U; de Peuter, Maria A

    2014-08-01

    This study assessed the cost-effectiveness of Octaplas™ versus fresh frozen plasma (FFP) in patients receiving plasma transfusions in the United States (US). Acute and long-term complications of plasma transfusions were modelled in a decision tree followed by a Markov model, using a healthcare payer perspective. Over a lifetime time horizon, patients receiving Octaplas™ accumulate slightly more life years (0.00613 [95% uncertainty interval (95%UI): 0.00166-0.01561]) and quality-adjusted life years (QALY) (0.023 [95%UI: 0.012-0.044]) at lower cost compared with those treated with FFP. Octaplas™ demonstrated to be the dominant treatment option over FFP (95%UI: Dominant-US$ 15,764/QALY).

  1. 壳聚糖在果蔬保鲜中的应用研究进展%Progress in Chitosan and Its Application on Fruit and Vegetable Fresh Keeping

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    王颖; 曾霞; 王春

    2012-01-01

    Chitosan is a natural high molecular compound with the characteristic of non-toxicity, safety, easy membrane formation and antibiosi. The mechanism of chitosan on tresh keeping ttuits and vegetables are introduced. And the application of chitosan application of chitosan on the fruit and vegetable fresh-keeping are reviewed. In addit ion, some suggestions of the development are also presented, amied to provide theory evidence for the yielding application of chitosan in agriculture.%壳聚糖是一种天然高分子化合物,具有无毒、安全、易成膜、抗菌等特性。该文介绍了壳聚糖保鲜果蔬的机理,综述了壳聚糖在果蔬贮藏保鲜中的最新进展,分析了目前研究中存在的问题并对发展方向作出展望,旨在为实现壳聚糖在农业上的生产化应用提供理论依据。

  2. 21 CFR 73.250 - Fruit juice.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Fruit juice. 73.250 Section 73.250 Food and Drugs... ADDITIVES EXEMPT FROM CERTIFICATION Foods § 73.250 Fruit juice. (a) Identity. (1) The color additive fruit juice is prepared either by expressing the juice from mature varieties of fresh, edible fruits, or by...

  3. Food quality and safety in export fresh fruit horticultural products: Implying in the labor process of agribusiness related to sweat citrus fruit in Entre Rios province Calidad y seguridad alimentaria en productos frutihortícolas frescos de exportación: Implicaciones en los procesos laborales de la agroindustria de cítricos dulces de Entre Ríos

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    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available In the early 1990s the world market increases the demand of fresh fruit horticultural products in order to satisfy customers who require standardised products and "just in time" delivery. Meanwhile a great number of food quality and safety regulations are developed which are also concerned in workers wellfare, prohibition of children work and inverorment protection. This article shows the results of a study about citrus fruit and agribusiness related to citrus fruit in Entre Rios province, the main sweet citrus fruit producer in Argentina . Such study deals with food quality and health features of export sweet citrus fruit which are sent to other counter-seasonal markets. We use qualitative information gathered in the years 2005 and 2006 by means of direct survey to packaging export companies, citrus producers, entreproneurs, harvest workers and packaging workers. We add statistic information in this study, as well.A comienzos de 1990 el mercado mundial incrementa la demanda de productos frutihortícolas en estado fresco, destinada a satisfacer a consumidores que requieren productos estandarizados y envíos "just in time". Simultáneamente, aparecen numerosas normas de calidad y seguridad alimentaria, públicas y privadas, tendientes a la obtención de productos sanos e inocuos, a la vez que se interesan por la protección de los trabajadores, prohibición del trabajo infantil y cuidado del medio ambiente. Este artículo presenta resultados de un estudio de caso referido a la agroindustria de cítricos de la provincia de Entre Ríos, principal productora de cítricos dulces del país. Se indaga en los criterios de calidad y sanidad alimentaria en cítricos dulces de exportación a mercados de contraestación y su repercusión en los procesos de trabajo. Utilizamos información cualitativa obtenida en los años 2005 y 2006 (encuestas directas a empresas empacadoras exportadoras, entrevistas en profundidad a productores citrícolas, empresarios

  4. 21 CFR 101.44 - What are the 20 most frequently consumed raw fruits, vegetables, and fish in the United States?

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 2 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false What are the 20 most frequently consumed raw... Specific Nutrition Labeling Requirements and Guidelines § 101.44 What are the 20 most frequently consumed raw fruits, vegetables, and fish in the United States? (a) The 20 most frequently consumed raw...

  5. Associations of supermarket accessibility with obesity and fruit and vegetable consumption in the conterminous United States

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    2010-01-01

    Background Limited access to supermarkets may reduce consumption of healthy foods, resulting in poor nutrition and increased prevalence of obesity. Most studies have focused on accessibility of supermarkets in specific urban settings or localized rural communities. Less is known, however, about how supermarket accessibility is associated with obesity and healthy diet at the national level and how these associations differ in urban versus rural settings. We analyzed data on obesity and fruit and vegetable (F/V) consumption from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System for 2000-2006 at the county level. We used 2006 Census Zip Code Business Patterns data to compute population-weighted mean distance to supermarket at the county level for different sizes of supermarket. Multilevel logistic regression models were developed to test whether population-weighted mean distance to supermarket was associated with both obesity and F/V consumption and to determine whether these relationships varied for urban (metropolitan) versus rural (nonmetropolitan) areas. Results Distance to supermarket was greater in nonmetropolitan than in metropolitan areas. The odds of obesity increased and odds of consuming F/V five times or more per day decreased as distance to supermarket increased in metropolitan areas for most store size categories. In nonmetropolitan areas, however, distance to supermarket had no associations with obesity or F/V consumption for all supermarket size categories. Conclusions Obesity prevalence increased and F/V consumption decreased with increasing distance to supermarket in metropolitan areas, but not in nonmetropolitan areas. These results suggest that there may be a threshold distance in nonmetropolitan areas beyond which distance to supermarket no longer impacts obesity and F/V consumption. In addition, obesity and food environments in nonmetropolitan areas are likely driven by a more complex set of social, cultural, and physical factors than a single

  6. Associations of supermarket accessibility with obesity and fruit and vegetable consumption in the conterminous United States.

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    Michimi, Akihiko; Wimberly, Michael C

    2010-10-08

    Limited access to supermarkets may reduce consumption of healthy foods, resulting in poor nutrition and increased prevalence of obesity. Most studies have focused on accessibility of supermarkets in specific urban settings or localized rural communities. Less is known, however, about how supermarket accessibility is associated with obesity and healthy diet at the national level and how these associations differ in urban versus rural settings. We analyzed data on obesity and fruit and vegetable (F/V) consumption from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System for 2000-2006 at the county level. We used 2006 Census Zip Code Business Patterns data to compute population-weighted mean distance to supermarket at the county level for different sizes of supermarket. Multilevel logistic regression models were developed to test whether population-weighted mean distance to supermarket was associated with both obesity and F/V consumption and to determine whether these relationships varied for urban (metropolitan) versus rural (nonmetropolitan) areas. Distance to supermarket was greater in nonmetropolitan than in metropolitan areas. The odds of obesity increased and odds of consuming F/V five times or more per day decreased as distance to supermarket increased in metropolitan areas for most store size categories. In nonmetropolitan areas, however, distance to supermarket had no associations with obesity or F/V consumption for all supermarket size categories. Obesity prevalence increased and F/V consumption decreased with increasing distance to supermarket in metropolitan areas, but not in nonmetropolitan areas. These results suggest that there may be a threshold distance in nonmetropolitan areas beyond which distance to supermarket no longer impacts obesity and F/V consumption. In addition, obesity and food environments in nonmetropolitan areas are likely driven by a more complex set of social, cultural, and physical factors than a single measure of supermarket accessibility

  7. 龙眼微生物保鲜剂挥发性物质分析%Analysis on Volatile Components Extracted from Microbial Fresh-keeping Agent for Fruit Longan

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    陈峥; 刘波; 车建美; 唐建阳; 朱育菁

    2011-01-01

    利用筛选到的一株具有龙眼保鲜功能的微生物Brevibacillus brevis FJAT-0809-GLX生产的龙眼微生物保鲜剂“果立鲜”,不仅对龙眼等多种水果具有很好的保鲜作用,同时具有特殊的挥发性香气.为了解该菌株挥发性香气的成分,采用SPME/GC-MS的方法分析龙眼微生物保鲜剂“果立鲜”的挥发性物质成分24种,匹配度在90%以上的有11种.其中烷类8种,占总成分14.11%,包括正十六烷、十甲氧基五硅氧烷、十四烷、正十七烷、十八烷、2,6,10,14-四甲基-十五烷、4-甲基-十五烷、2-甲基-十五烷;烯类2种,占总成分的1.65%,包括(+)-长叶烯、(-)-α-柏木烯;酯类1种,占总成分的0.70%,为2-丙基-十四烷-亚硫酸酯.(+)-长叶烯、(-)-α-柏木烯这2种化合物是具有香气的成分,为天然的香料;2,4-二叔丁基苯酚是多种光稳定剂和抗氧化剂的重要中间体.%The microbial longan fresh-keeping agent "GLX" was made from Brevibacillus brevis FJAT-0809-GLX, which not only had very good fresh-keeping effect toward longan and other fruits, but also had particular aroma. This experiment was designed to find out volatile components extracted from GLX. The volatile components of GLX were analyzed by SPME/GC-MS. Thirteen compounds were identified with the match degree above 90%. There were eight types of alkene in the volatile, with relative amount of 14.11%, including Hexadecane; Cyclopentasiloxane, decamethyl-; Tetradecane; Heptadecane; Octadecane; Pentadecane, 2,6,10,14- tetramethyl-; Pentadecane, 4-methyl-; Pentadecane, 4-methyl-. There were two types of alkene, with relative amount of 1.65%, including Longifolene, (+)-, Cedrene,(-)-alpha-.There was one type of esters, with relative amount of 0.70% , including sulfurous acid, 2-propyl tetradecyl ester. (+)-Longifolene, and (-)-alpha-Cedrene, two kinds of natural spice, were the aromatic compounds extracted form microbial longan fresh-keeping agent. Phenol, 2

  8. Associations of supermarket accessibility with obesity and fruit and vegetable consumption in the conterminous United States

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    Wimberly Michael C

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Limited access to supermarkets may reduce consumption of healthy foods, resulting in poor nutrition and increased prevalence of obesity. Most studies have focused on accessibility of supermarkets in specific urban settings or localized rural communities. Less is known, however, about how supermarket accessibility is associated with obesity and healthy diet at the national level and how these associations differ in urban versus rural settings. We analyzed data on obesity and fruit and vegetable (F/V consumption from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System for 2000-2006 at the county level. We used 2006 Census Zip Code Business Patterns data to compute population-weighted mean distance to supermarket at the county level for different sizes of supermarket. Multilevel logistic regression models were developed to test whether population-weighted mean distance to supermarket was associated with both obesity and F/V consumption and to determine whether these relationships varied for urban (metropolitan versus rural (nonmetropolitan areas. Results Distance to supermarket was greater in nonmetropolitan than in metropolitan areas. The odds of obesity increased and odds of consuming F/V five times or more per day decreased as distance to supermarket increased in metropolitan areas for most store size categories. In nonmetropolitan areas, however, distance to supermarket had no associations with obesity or F/V consumption for all supermarket size categories. Conclusions Obesity prevalence increased and F/V consumption decreased with increasing distance to supermarket in metropolitan areas, but not in nonmetropolitan areas. These results suggest that there may be a threshold distance in nonmetropolitan areas beyond which distance to supermarket no longer impacts obesity and F/V consumption. In addition, obesity and food environments in nonmetropolitan areas are likely driven by a more complex set of social, cultural, and physical

  9. 鲜切果蔬中病原微生物污染及快速检测技术的研究进展%Research progress in rapid detection technology and microbial pathogens infection on fresh-cut fruits and vegetables

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    吕晓萌; 胡文忠; 冯叙桥; 姜爱丽; 郝江燕

    2013-01-01

    鲜切果蔬因具有较高的含水量,再加上较大的切割表面,极易引起病原微生物污染.病原微生物是影响鲜切果蔬安全问题的主要因素之一,在鲜切果蔬上市前对病原微生物进行检测能够保障鲜切果蔬食用的安全性.本文概述了鲜切果蔬中常见的大肠杆菌O157∶H7、沙门氏菌、单增李斯特菌、志贺氏杆菌的生长特点及影响因素等,并介绍了快速检测技术的研究进展及其在鲜切果蔬产业中的应用,包括聚合酶链反应法、酶联免疫法、ATP生物发光法、荧光原位杂交技术、全自动微生物检测系统.%With high moisture content and large cutting surface,fresh-cut fruits and vegetables are easy to cause infection of microbial pathogens.Microbial pathogen is one of the most important factors which effects on the safety of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables.The detection of microbial pathogens can ensure the safety of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables before consuming.In this paper,growth characteristics and influence factors of microbial pathogens on fresh-cut fruits and vegetables were reviewed,including Escherichia coil O157 ∶ H7,salmonella,Listeria monocytogenes,shigella.In addition,research progress of rapid detection were introduced,such as Polynerase Chain Reaction,Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbnent Assay,ATP bioluminescence assay,fluorescence in situ hybridization,automatic microbial detection system as well as in the application on fresh-cut fruits and vegetables industry.

  10. Systematic Study of the Content of Phytochemicals in Fresh and Fresh-Cut Vegetables

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    María Isabel Alarcón-Flores

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Vegetables and fruits have beneficial properties for human health, because of the presence of phytochemicals, but their concentration can fluctuate throughout the year. A systematic study of the phytochemical content in tomato, eggplant, carrot, broccoli and grape (fresh and fresh-cut has been performed at different seasons, using liquid chromatography coupled to triple quadrupole mass spectrometry. It was observed that phenolic acids (the predominant group in carrot, eggplant and tomato were found at higher concentrations in fresh carrot than in fresh-cut carrot. However, in the case of eggplant, they were detected at a higher content in fresh-cut than in fresh samples. Regarding tomato, the differences in the content of phenolic acids between fresh and fresh-cut were lower than in other matrices, except in winter sampling, where this family was detected at the highest concentration in fresh tomato. In grape, the flavonols content (predominant group was higher in fresh grape than in fresh-cut during all samplings. The content of glucosinolates was lower in fresh-cut broccoli than in fresh samples in winter and spring sampling, although this trend changes in summer and autumn. In summary, phytochemical concentration did show significant differences during one-year monitoring, and the families of phytochemicals presented different behaviors depending on the matrix studied.

  11. Establishment and verification of energy consumption model of fruits and vegetables fresh-keeping transportation container with controlled atmosphere by liquid nitrogen injection%液氮充注式果蔬气调保鲜运输箱能耗模型建立与验证

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    杨松夏; 吕恩利; 陆华忠; 吕盛坪; 岑康华

    2014-01-01

    为掌握液氮充注式果蔬气调保鲜运输箱能耗规律,该文分析了运输箱的传热传质过程及其能耗构成,在分别研究了气调过程、制冷过程和加湿过程的基础之上建立了液氮充注式果蔬气调保鲜运输箱能耗模型,并对所建能耗模型进行了试验验证。研究结果表明,液氮充注式果蔬气调保鲜运输箱能耗主要由气调能耗、制冷能耗和加湿能耗构成;根据能耗模型所得的理论能耗与试验能耗基本一致,平均相对误差为11.86%±4.29%;根据能耗模型所得的理论液氮消耗量与试验液氮消耗量基本一致,平均相对误差为11.60%±3.51%;液氮充注气调过程消耗较少能耗即可产生较大的附加制冷总量,并且气调附加制冷总量与箱体气调体积有关,在该验证试验中理论液氮充注气调附加制冷总量所占理论制冷总量的比例达22%左右。该研究为液氮充注式果蔬气调保鲜运输装备优化以及果蔬保鲜运输节能提供参考。%China is a country that produces and consumes large amounts of fruits and vegetables. During fresh-keeping transportation, energy consumption rises with the increase of traffic volume of fruits and vegetables. The fresh-keeping transportation container with controlled atmosphere by liquid nitrogen injection is an advanced and efficient equipment for transporting fruits and vegetables. However, there is little research on the energy consumption regulations of this kind of fresh-keeping transportation container so this article puts forward a research method. Fresh-keeping transportation with controlled atmosphere by liquid nitrogen injection for fruits and vegetables keeps the temperature, relative humidity, and oxygen volume fraction of the transportation container in a state of relative balance, which could meet the demand for fruit and vegetable fresh-keeping. However, due to the influence of heat transferring towards the container, cold

  12. Changes in Intake of Fruits and Vegetables and Weight Change in United States Men and Women Followed for Up to 24 Years: Analysis from Three Prospective Cohort Studies.

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    Bertoia, Monica L; Mukamal, Kenneth J; Cahill, Leah E; Hou, Tao; Ludwig, David S; Mozaffarian, Dariush; Willett, Walter C; Hu, Frank B; Rimm, Eric B

    2015-09-01

    Current dietary guidelines recommend eating a variety of fruits and vegetables. However, based on nutrient composition, some particular fruits and vegetables may be more or less beneficial for maintaining or achieving a healthy weight. We hypothesized that greater consumption of fruits and vegetables with a higher fiber content or lower glycemic load would be more strongly associated with a healthy weight. We examined the association between change in intake of specific fruits and vegetables and change in weight in three large, prospective cohorts of 133,468 United States men and women. From 1986 to 2010, these associations were examined within multiple 4-y time intervals, adjusting for simultaneous changes in other lifestyle factors, including other aspects of diet, smoking status, and physical activity. Results were combined using a random effects meta-analysis. Increased intake of fruits was inversely associated with 4-y weight change: total fruits -0.53 lb per daily serving (95% CI -0.61, -0.44), berries -1.11 lb (95% CI -1.45, -0.78), and apples/pears -1.24 lb (95% CI -1.62, -0.86). Increased intake of several vegetables was also inversely associated with weight change: total vegetables -0.25 lb per daily serving (95% CI -0.35, -0.14), tofu/soy -2.47 lb (95% CI, -3.09 to -1.85 lb) and cauliflower -1.37 lb (95% CI -2.27, -0.47). On the other hand, increased intake of starchy vegetables, including corn, peas, and potatoes, was associated with weight gain. Vegetables having both higher fiber and lower glycemic load were more strongly inversely associated with weight change compared with lower-fiber, higher-glycemic-load vegetables (p fruits and non-starchy vegetables is inversely associated with weight change, with important differences by type suggesting that other characteristics of these foods influence the magnitude of their association with weight change.

  13. Evaluation of Blackberry Cultivars Adapted to the Southeastern United States for Rosette and Post-Harvest Fruit Diseases

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    Rosette (caused by the fungus Cercosporella rubi) is considered a limiting factor of blackberry production in the southern U. S. Fruit rots annually cause extensive losses to blackberry farmers. The development of cultivars with increased resistance to rosette, fruit rot and other diseases should r...

  14. 77 FR 6772 - United States Standards for Grades of Okra

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    ... the industry and has identified that the ``Unclassified'' section needs to be eliminated from the... identified the United States ] Standards for Grades of Okra for possible revisions. AMS would remove the... Standardization and Training Branch, Fresh Products Division, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, Agricultural...

  15. Deconstructing a fruit serving: comparing the antioxidant density of select whole fruit and 100% fruit juices.

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    Crowe, Kristi Michele; Murray, Elizabeth

    2013-10-01

    Research suggests phytonutrients, specifically phenolic compounds, within fruit may be responsible for the putatively positive antioxidant benefits derived from fruit. Given the prominence of fruit juice in the American diet, the purpose of this research was to assess the antioxidant density of fresh fruit and 100% fruit juice for five commonly consumed fruits and juices and to compare the adequacy of 100% juice as a dietary equivalent to whole fruit in providing beneficial antioxidants. Antioxidant density was measured using an oxygen radical absorbance capacity method on six samples assayed in triplicate for each fruit (grape, apple, orange, grapefruit, pineapple), name-brand 100% juice, and store-brand 100% juice. One-way analysis of variance and Tukey's honestly significant difference or Student t test were used to assess significance (Ppineapple juice was higher than fresh grape or pineapple fruit; however, both fresh grapes and commercial grape juice contained significantly more (Pfiber with approximately 35% less sugar. Copyright © 2013 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Effect of combined underwater processing and mild pre-cut heat treatment on the sensory quality and storage of fresh-cut cantaloupe melon.

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    Fresh cut fruit, mildly preheated and processed underwater, was shown to have superior sensory quality attributes compared to the control fresh cut fruit processed totally in open air. Less leakage of ions and enhanced plasma membrane integrity was displayed in both the fresh cut fruit processed un...

  17. Research progress in mechanical wounding stimulation signal molecules transduction and defensive reaction for fresh-cut fruits and vegetables%鲜切果蔬机械伤害刺激信号分子转导及防御反应的研究进展

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    闫媛媛; 胡文忠; 姜爱丽; 陈晨

    2015-01-01

    鲜切果蔬在加工过程中会使果蔬受到机械损伤,组织结构遭到破坏,极易发生褐变与受到微生物侵染,从而加速果蔬组织的衰老和腐败。机械伤害刺激信号分子的产生、运转、感知、接受和转导,以激活受伤害诱导的防卫基因表达,进而诱发鲜切果蔬整体协调产生防御反应。茉莉酸类、水杨酸、乙烯、脱落酸和系统素信号分子诱导果蔬防御反应可减轻机械损伤对鲜切果蔬品质的影响,能够有效抑制微生物对受伤部位的侵染以及果蔬组织内部的酶促褐变,改善果蔬贮藏品质。本文从机械伤害刺激信号分子茉莉酸类、水杨酸、乙烯、脱落酸和系统素的产生及转导方面综述了鲜切果蔬对机械伤害防御反应机制,并从伤害防御方面介绍了外源施用茉莉酸类、水杨酸和乙烯的作用机制与保鲜效果。%Fresh-cut fruit and vegetables during processing will be subjected to mechanical damage, in which the organization structure is destroyed, and it is easy to become browning and be infected by microbial, as well as the aging and corruption of the organization of fruits and vegetables are accelerated. Mechanical noxious stimulate the production, operation, perception, acceptance and transduction of signaling molecules, to activate the injury-induced defense gene expression, and then induced fresh-cut fruits and vegetables to produce the overall coordination of defense response. Jasmine acid, salicylic acid, ethylene, abscisic acid and system elements signaling molecules to induce defense reactions of fruits and vegetables can reduce the effect of mechanical damage on the quality of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, and can effectively inhibit microbial infection of injured area and the organization enzymatic browning of fruit and vegetable,whichimprove storage quality of fruits and vegetables. This paper summarized the defensive responds of mechanical wounding and

  18. 薄膜包装限气贮藏在李果实上的保鲜效果%Effects of Modified Atmosphere Packaging Storage on Fresh-keeping of Plum Fruit

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    胡花丽; 李鹏霞; 王毓宁; 王炜

    2011-01-01

    The influence of different modified atmosphere packaging(MAP) on storage quality in ‘ Friar’ and ‘Angeleno’ plum stored at (0±0. 5) ℃ was investigated. The results showed that treatments with polyethylene film could inhibit respiratory rate and ethylene production, alleviate the reduction of firmness, soluble solids content (SSC) and titratable acid content (TA) , and reduce rot symptom of ‘Friar’ plum fruit in comparison with CK. Treatments of polyvinylchlorid (thickness 0. 03 mm) and polyethylene (thickness 0. 03 mm) films could reduce rot symptom of ‘Angeleno’ plum, while the treatment of polyvinylchlorid (thickness 0. 04 mm) aggravated rot symptom. Effect of the three types of MAP on respiratory rate, ethylene production and firmness of ‘Angeleno’ plum were not significant in comparison with CK. Effects of polyvinylchlorid (thickness 0. 04 mm) and polyethylene film (thickness 0. 03 mm) treatments on SSC of ‘Angeleno’ plum were not significant, but the SSC reduction was accelerated by polyvinylchlorid (thickness 0. 03 mm) , while this treatment could alleviate TA reduction of ‘Angeleno’ plum. Therefore, we believed polyethylene (thickness 0. 03 mm) package,namely combine the O2 (16. 0 ±0. 31) % and CO2 (4. 371 ±0. 17) % , was suitable for storage and freshness of ‘Friar’ plum. However, three types of MAP were not ideal for the storage of ‘ Angeleno’plum.%研究了不同薄膜气调包装(0.03 mm PVC、O.04 mm PVC和0.03 mm PE)对'黑宝石'和'安哥诺'李的保鲜效果.结果表明,与对照相比,PE薄膜气调处理可减弱'黑宝石'李果实的呼吸速率和乙烯释放量,缓解其硬度、可溶性固形物(SSC)和可滴定酸(TA)含量的下降,并减轻其腐烂症状.0.03 mm PVC和PE薄膜气调处理可降低'安哥诺'李的腐烂症状,而0.04 mm PVC包装处理加重了果实的腐烂;与对照相比,这3种薄膜气调包装对'安哥诺'李果实呼吸速率、乙烯释放量

  19. 78 FR 43888 - Compliance Policy Guide Sec. 253.100-Use of Units of Plasma and Fresh Frozen Plasma Which Have...

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    ... published in the Federal Register on January 3, 2012 (77 FR 7), with an effective date of July 2, 2012, FDA... transfusion if stored at ] appropriate temperatures per industry standards.'' (See 77 FR 7 at 14). With this... and Fresh Frozen Plasma Which Have Been Thawed; Withdrawal of Compliance Policy Guide AGENCY: Food...

  20. Changes in Intake of Fruits and Vegetables and Weight Change in United States Men and Women Followed for Up to 24 Years: Analysis from Three Prospective Cohort Studies.

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    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Current dietary guidelines recommend eating a variety of fruits and vegetables. However, based on nutrient composition, some particular fruits and vegetables may be more or less beneficial for maintaining or achieving a healthy weight. We hypothesized that greater consumption of fruits and vegetables with a higher fiber content or lower glycemic load would be more strongly associated with a healthy weight.We examined the association between change in intake of specific fruits and vegetables and change in weight in three large, prospective cohorts of 133,468 United States men and women. From 1986 to 2010, these associations were examined within multiple 4-y time intervals, adjusting for simultaneous changes in other lifestyle factors, including other aspects of diet, smoking status, and physical activity. Results were combined using a random effects meta-analysis. Increased intake of fruits was inversely associated with 4-y weight change: total fruits -0.53 lb per daily serving (95% CI -0.61, -0.44, berries -1.11 lb (95% CI -1.45, -0.78, and apples/pears -1.24 lb (95% CI -1.62, -0.86. Increased intake of several vegetables was also inversely associated with weight change: total vegetables -0.25 lb per daily serving (95% CI -0.35, -0.14, tofu/soy -2.47 lb (95% CI, -3.09 to -1.85 lb and cauliflower -1.37 lb (95% CI -2.27, -0.47. On the other hand, increased intake of starchy vegetables, including corn, peas, and potatoes, was associated with weight gain. Vegetables having both higher fiber and lower glycemic load were more strongly inversely associated with weight change compared with lower-fiber, higher-glycemic-load vegetables (p < 0.0001. Despite the measurement of key confounders in our analyses, the potential for residual confounding cannot be ruled out, and although our food frequency questionnaire specified portion size, the assessment of diet using any method will have measurement error.Increased consumption of fruits and non

  1. Ethylene and 1-MCP affect the postharvest behavior of yellow pitahaya fruits (Selenicereus megalanthus Haw.

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    Full Text Available The pitahaya or dragon fruit is one of the most representative exotic fruits that Colombia has, with an important, growing international market, but the cultivation and postharvest of this fruit lack sufficient technological support to be more competitive. Therefore, alternatives that provide good-quality products that meet market requirements are very important. Therefore, the objective of this research was to determine the effect of a ripening retardant and ethylene application on the conservation and quality of pitahaya fruits and the possible changes during ripening associated with ethylene, for which a completely randomized design with three treatments was used, corresponding to the application of ethylene (ethephon, 3 mL L-1, 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP, 600 mg L-1 and a control, with four replications, for a total of 12 experimental units. The fruits were stored at 18°C with 75% relative humidity. The 1-MCP application significantly decreased the loss of firmness, total soluble solids, loss of fresh mass and respiratory rate. Fruits from the control and ethylene treatment tended toward a climateric respiratory behavior. The total carotenoid content of the fruits was significantly higher in the ethylene application and the control treatment, which was consistent with the color change of the fruits. It can be concluded that the 1-MCP application reduced the ethylene action, slowing the ripening of the dragon fruits.

  2. Incidence of chilling injury in fresh-cut 'Kent' mangoes

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    The preferred storage temperature for fresh-cut fruits in terms of visual quality retention is around 5 °C, which is considered to be a chilling temperature for chilling sensitive tropical fruits like mango (Mangifera indica L.). Changes in visual and compositional quality factors, aroma volatile pr...

  3. Photons and electrons: advances in using cold plasma, irradiation, UV and other energy-based treatments for fresh and fresh-cut produce

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    Conventional antimicrobial treatments for fresh produce rely on chemical compounds and physical contact to inactivate and remove bacterial contamination. Recent research has identified a number of energy-based alternative technologies to improve the safety of fresh and fresh-cut fruits and vegetable...

  4. Evaluation of Blackberry Cultivars Adapted to the Southeastern United States for Susceptibility to Post-Harvest Fruit Diseases

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    Pre- and post-harvest fruit rots, rosette, and other diseases are limiting factors of blackberry production in the southern USA. The development of cultivars with increased resistance to these diseases should result in reduced use of fungicides and greater profits for growers. Five to nine blackbe...

  5. Fungicide rotation schemes for managing Phytophthora fruit rot of watermelon across Southeastern United States (NC, SC, and GA)

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    Phytophthora capsici has been documented as a pathogen on a wide variety of vegetable crops in the family Solanaceae, Cucurbitaceae, Fabaceae, and plants belonging to 23 other families. Phytophthora fruit rot of watermelons caused by P. capsici is particularly severe in southeastern U.S where optima...

  6. Modelling RGB colour aspects and translucency of fresh-cut tomatoes

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    Translucency is one of the major problems in fresh-cut fruit. This phenomenon seriously limits the use of fruit by the fresh-cut industries. Techniques for measuring translucency in this kind of product are not readily available. As a consequence, the processes that are important in the development

  7. Severidade da antracnose e perda de matéria fresca de frutos de dez procedências de maracujázeiro-doce (Passiflora alata Dryander em dois ambientes de armazenamento Severity of anthracnose and fresh weight losses of sweet passion fruits (Passiflora alata Dryander from ten origins, stored in two environmental conditions

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    Nilton Tadeu Vilela Junqueira

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    perderam menos matéria fresca em ambiente natural que as demais.Sweet passion fruit (Passiflora alata Dryander from ten different sources were evaluated for the severity of anthracnose (Colletotrichum gloeosporioides Penz. and their fresh weight losses when stored in two environmental conditions: cold storage (5ºC and 90% R.H. and room temperature (23±1ºC and 65±5% R.H.. Seed plants were established from ten sources proceeding from the Central of Food Supply of São Paulo State - CEAGESP (sources A, B e C, Viçosa-MG (source D, Tomé-Açu-PA (source E, Itacoatiara-AM (source F, Ouro Preto d'Oeste-RO (source G, Domingos Martins-ES (source H, Pontes e Lacerda-MT (source I, Rondonópolis-MT (source J and stem cuttings were collected from the best plants to produce the asexual matrix plants. Unriped fruits produced in Distrito Federal, Brazil, were harvested from plants obtained by stem-rooted cuttings. All origins were collected in wild conditions, except A, B, C and E sources. Fruit evaluations were done by determining their weight fresh matter after 0, 3, 6, 9 and 12 days after harvesting, whereas the anthracnose severity (% of fruit area with lesions and incidence (% of infected fruits of other diseases were evaluated after 12 days of storage. The anthracnose was less severe on fruits from sources I and G, however, this disease shown less severe attack when fruits were stored in cold conditions. After 12 days of storage at room temperature, the fruit sources G and A, had fresh matter losses of 16,68% and 17,86% while in cold storage the fresh matter losses were 7,71% and 6,61%, respectively. The percentage of fresh matter loss of G, A, E, J and F fruit sources was less in room temperature when compared with other sources. It was observed after 12 days at cold storage, that the fresh matter loss shown an average of 9,78%, which is approximately twice lower the storage at room temperature (22,06%.

  8. Vulnerability of shallow ground water and drinking-water wells to nitrate in the United States: Model of predicted nitrate concentration in U.S. ground water used for drinking (simulation depth 50 meters) -- Input data set for fresh surface water withdrawal (gwava-dw_swus)

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This data set represents the amount of fresh surface water withdrawal for irrigation, in megaliters per day, in the conterminous United States. The data set was used...

  9. ASSESSMENT OF IMPACT DAMAGE TO APPLE FRUITS

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    Mar 1, 2013 ... Department of Agricultural and Bio-Environmental Engineering, Auchi ... An impact damage assessment of fresh apple fruits was carried out to ascertain the effects of ... mestic and inter-state transportation Berardinelli et.

  10. Minimally processed fruit salad enriched with Lactobacillus ...

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    Jun 17, 2015 ... compounds in the preservation of color ... of probiotic microorganisms in minimally processed fruit. (Rößle et al., 2010a, b; ... MATERIALS AND METHODS ..... (2009). The use of packaging techniques to maintain freshness in.

  11. Measurement of pyrethroids and their environmental degradation products in fresh fruits and vegetables using a modification of the quick easy cheap effective rugged safe (QuEChERS) method

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    Pyrethroid insecticides are used extensively in agriculture, and they, as well as their environmental degradates, may remain as residues on foods such as fruits and vegetables. Since pyrethroid degradates can be identical to the urinary markers used in human biomonitoring, it is ...

  12. Measurement of pyrethroids and their environmental degradation products in fresh fruits and vegetables using a modification of the quick easy cheap effective rugged safe (QuEChERS) method

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    Pyrethroid insecticides are used extensively in agriculture, and they, as well as their environmental degradates, may remain as residues on foods such as fruits and vegetables. Since pyrethroid degradates can be identical to the urinary markers used in human biomonitoring, it is ...

  13. The Network Marketing of Fresh Agricultural Products in China

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    The paper introduced the connotation of network marketing of fresh agricultural products and analyzed the fundaments of launching the C2C marketing of fresh agricultural products in China.The fundaments mainly cover the development of e-commerce,the transformation of consumption concept,the change of life style and the features of Chinese agricultural production.The developmental status of the C2C marketing of Chinese fresh vegetables and fresh fruits is introduced and the plights,including imperfect rural network infrastructure,inadequate talents specialized in network marketing of fresh agricultural products,uneven quality of agricultural products,immature logistics system,uncertainty existed in faced by the C2C marketing of fresh agricultural products and imperfect governmental protection system,are pointed out.In the end,the developmental trend of Chinese network marketing of fresh agricultural products on the basis of C2C mode is described.

  14. Race and sex differences in associations of vegetables, fruits, and carotenoids with lung cancer risk in New Jersey (United States).

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    Dorgan, J F; Ziegler, R G; Schoenberg, J B; Hartge, P; McAdams, M J; Falk, R T; Wilcox, H B; Shaw, G L

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    We used data from a case-control study conducted in New Jersey between 1980 and 1983 to evaluate race and sex differences in associations of vegetable, fruit, and carotenoid consumption with lung cancer. Cases included 736 White males, 860 White females, 269 Black males, and 86 Black females with incident, histologically confirmed, primary cancer of the trachea, bronchus, or lung. Controls were identified through drivers' license and Health Care Financing Administration files and included 548 White males, 473 White females, 170 Black males, and 47 Black females. Usual intakes of vegetables (predominantly yellow/green) and fruit (predominantly yellow/orange) as well as other food sources of carotenoids were ascertained by a food frequency questionnaire. White females showed significant inverse associations of lung cancer with vegetables, fruit, and carotenoids. White males showed nonsignificant inverse associations with vegetables and carotenoids, and Black females just with vegetables. No inverse associations were found for Black males. Vegetable consumption was associated with risk of all histologic types of lung cancer, but the pattern of increasing risk with decreasing intake was limited to smokers. We infer that consumption of yellow/green vegetables and carotenoids may confer protection from lung cancer to White male and White female smokers. Further studies are needed to clarify the effect in Blacks.

  15. Chimpanzees can visually perceive differences in the freshness of foods

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    Imura, Tomoko; Masuda, Tomohiro; Wada, Yuji; Tomonaga, Masaki; Okajima, Katsunori

    2016-01-01

    Colour vision in primates is believed to be an adaptation for finding ripe fruit and young leaves. The contribution of the luminance distribution, which influences how humans evaluate the freshness of food, has not been explored with respect to the detection of subtle distinctions in food quality in non-human primates. We examined how chimpanzees, which are closely related to humans, perceive the freshness of foods. The findings suggest that chimpanzees were able to choose fresher cabbage based on both colour and grey-scale images. Additional tests with images of novel cabbage, spinach, and strawberries revealed that one chimpanzee could detect the freshness of other fruits and vegetables. The critical factor in determining the judgements of freshness made by the chimpanzees was the spatial layout of luminance information. These findings provide the first known evidence that chimpanzees discriminate between images representing various degrees of freshness based solely on luminance information. PMID:27708365

  16. A comprehensive approach to evaluate the freshness of strawberries and carrots

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    Peneau, S.; Brockhoff, Per B.; Escher, F.

    2007-01-01

    Freshness is a quality criterion of great importance to the consumer for the acceptance of fruit and vegetables. However, what the consumer perceives as fresh is not clear. The objective of the present investigation was to uncover sensory attributes influencing consumer perception of the freshness...

  17. 2010年江苏省现榨果蔬汁中合成着色剂的快速测定与结果分析%Fast Determination and Analysis on Synthetic Colours in Fresh Juice Extracted from Fruits and Vegetables in Jiangsu in 2010

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    阮丽萍; 吉文亮; 马永建

    2011-01-01

    目的:建立一种快速、灵敏、准确的HPLC法测定现榨果蔬汁中的合成着色剂,了解江苏省餐饮业现榨果蔬汁中合成着色剂的使用状况。方法:采用HPLC法测定。将样品离心、过滤,以甲醇+乙酸铵(0.02mol/L,pH=4.0)为流动相,梯度淋洗分离,定性、定量分析均采用多波长检测。结果:于260份果蔬汁中检出合成着色剂4种,分别为胭脂红、日落黄、柠檬黄、诱惑红。检出含有一种或多种合成着色剂样品23份,含量范围为0.4—2.2mg/kg,检出率8.85%。结论:该方法简单、准确、灵敏,适用于现榨果蔬汁中合成着色剂的定性、定量分析。%【Objective】To establish a simple,sensitive and accurate method for the determination of synthetical colours in fresh juice extracted from fruits and vegetables.To investigate the sanitary status of them in catering industry in Jiangsu.【Method】The synthetical colours in fresh juice were analyzed by high performance liquid chromatography.The samples were centrifugated and filtered,then separated using mobile phase of carbinol and acetic ammonium solution(0.02mol/L,pH=4) mixture under gradient elution,and quantified by DAD.【Result】Among the 260 samples,Ponceau 4R,Sunset Yellow,Tartrazine,and Allura Red were detected.One or more kinds of synthetical colour were detected in 23 samples,and the amount were from 0.4mg/kg to 2.2mg/kg.The detected rate was 8.85%.【Conclusion】The method was sensitive,simple,accurate and could be used to quantify the 7 kinds of synthetical colour in fresh juice.The method could meet the require for fast and accurate detection of synthetical colour in fresh juice from fruits and vegetables.

  18. Sterilant gas disinfection of fruits and vegetables

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    Numerous foodborne outbreaks have been associated with the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Commercial aqueous wash treatments for fresh produce are limited in their ability to inactivate and/or remove human pathogen contaminants. Gases can penetrate into crevices and niches on produce wh...

  19. Sanitizer competency and fruit surface topography

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    All sanitizers and sanitizing protocols are not created equal. For the fresh produce market the lack of a comprehensive disinfection method is problematic especially in the face of the increasing recalls of fresh fruit, vegetables and unpasteurized juices. Research has shown that sanitizers and how ...

  20. Correlations between yield and fruit quality characteristics of fresh market tomatoes Correlações entre caracteres de produção e qualidade de frutos de tomate de mesa

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    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Genotypic, phenotypic and environmental correlations were estimated for all possible pairs among eleven characters of tomatoes. Fifteen treatments including five parents and ten hybrids of Instituto Agronômico (IAC tomato breeding program were evaluated using a randomized complete block experimental design, with tree replications in Itatiba, São Paulo state, Brazil, during 2005/2006. The following traits were evaluated: fruit yield per plant (FP, fruit number per plant (FN, average fruit weight (FW, cluster number per plant (CN, fruit number per cluster (FC, number of locules per fruit (NL, fruit length (FL, fruit width (WI, fruit wall thickness (FT, total soluble solids (SS, and total titratable acidity (TA. The genotypic (rG, phenotypic (rF and environmental correlations (rA for two pairs of plant traits were estimated using the Genes© program. High similarity was found among the estimates of genotypic and phenotypic correlations. Positive and high phenotypic and genotypic correlations were observed between FP and the traits FN, FW and FT, and these associations contributed for yield increasing. FW and FT contributed to yield increase and should be considered together as primary yield components in tomato. Positive values of the genotypic and phenotypic correlations revealed that FP influenced FN with high direct effect and significant positive correlation. These traits may be included as the main selection criteria for tomato yield improvement.Correlações fenotípica, genotípica e ambiental foram estimadas entre todos os possíveis pares de onze caracteres de tomate de mesa. Quinze tratamentos, incluindo cinco parentais e dez híbridos do programa de melhoramento de tomate do Instituto Agronômico (IAC foram testados no delineamento em blocos casualizados completos, em Itatiba-SP, em 2005/2006. Os seguintes caracteres foram avaliados: produção (FP, número (FN e peso médio do fruto (FW, número de pencas por planta (CN, número de

  1. Perceptions of the health and convenience characteristics of fresh and driedfruits

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    Sijtsema, S.J.; Jesionkowska, K.; Symoneaux, R.; Konopacka, D.; Snoek, H.M.

    2012-01-01

    Dried fruits consumption has not received much research attention, although these foods are associated with potential health benefits. Therefore, the aim of this study was to compare fresh fruits and dried fruits on measures of health, convenience and consumer feelings. An on-line questionnaire that

  2. Factors affecting quality and safety of fresh-cut produce.

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    Francis, G A; Gallone, A; Nychas, G J; Sofos, J N; Colelli, G; Amodio, M L; Spano, G

    2012-01-01

    The quality of fresh-cut fruit and vegetable products includes a combination of attributes, such as appearance, texture, and flavor, as well as nutritional and safety aspects that determine their value to the consumer. Nutritionally, fruit and vegetables represent a good source of vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber, and fresh-cut produce satisfies consumer demand for freshly prepared, convenient, healthy food. However, fresh-cut produce deteriorates faster than corresponding intact produce, as a result of damage caused by minimal processing, which accelerates many physiological changes that lead to a reduction in produce quality and shelf-life. The symptoms of produce deterioration include discoloration, increased oxidative browning at cut surfaces, flaccidity as a result of loss of water, and decreased nutritional value. Damaged plant tissues also represent a better substrate for growth of microorganisms, including spoilage microorganisms and foodborne pathogens. The risk of pathogen contamination and growth is one of the main safety concerns associated with fresh-cut produce, as highlighted by the increasing number of produce-linked foodborne outbreaks in recent years. The pathogens of major concern in fresh-cut produce are Listeria monocytogenes, pathogenic Escherichia coli mainly O157:H7, and Salmonella spp. This article describes the quality of fresh-cut produce, factors affecting quality, and various techniques for evaluating quality. In addition, the microbiological safety of fresh-cut produce and factors affecting pathogen survival and growth on fresh-cut produce are discussed in detail.

  3. Antioxidants Activity and Color Evaluation of Date Fruit of Selected Cultivars Commercially Available in the United States

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Dates (Phoenix dactylifera L. are nutrient-rich fruit consumed throughout the world, either directly or in several food products. Six commercially available date cultivars in the US were analyzed for total phenolics, antioxidant activity using ABTS, DPPH, FRAP, and ORAC assays, and instrumental color. Total phenolics content varied from 33 to 125 mg GAE/100 g dry weight, with the highest in Barni (Saudi Arabia. Antioxidant values as determined by the ABTS in Deglet Nour (Algeria, Deglet Nour (California, Deglet Noor (Tunisia, Shahia (Tunisia, Barni (Saudi Arabia, and Khudri (Saudi Arabia were 1300, 1047, 796, 452, 776, and 341 μmol TE/g dry weight, respectively. Antioxidative properties as measure by DPPH, FRAP, and ORAC varied from 3.27 to 3.54, 3.29 to 5.22, and 189 to 243 μmol TE/g dry basis, respectively. Fruit and pulp color of Deglet Nour (Algeria was lighter whereas pulp of Barni (Saudi Arabia was the darkest. Antioxidant values varied with different techniques used and also followed a different pattern than that of phenolics content.

  4. Controle automático do fluxo de água na etapa de limpeza em unidades de beneficiamento de tomate de mesa Automatic control of water sistems in the cleaning step in fresh market tomato packing units

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    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available A água é um recurso cada vez mais escasso e também de alto custo em várias regiões. O beneficiamento de frutas e hortaliças, em geral, apresenta elevado consumo de água durante o processo de limpeza. A linha de beneficiamento e de classificação do tomate de mesa é constituída de: recebimento, limpeza, seleção, classificação e embalagem. Normalmente, o recebimento dos tomates em uma linha de beneficiamento ocorre com taxa de alimentação constante, porém com interrupções frequentes dos operadores, ocasionando desperdício de energia e água, e a eficiência de limpeza dos frutos. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar um sistema de limpeza dos frutos, equipado com um controle automático de fluxo de água, visando ao uso racional de água. Para a avaliação da eficiência do processo de limpeza, aplicou-se uma metodologia que utiliza o turbidímetro. Observou-se que o índice de limpeza foi, segundo critérios estatísticos, semelhante nos sistemas automatizado e tradicional, todavia o consumo de água no sistema automatizado foi quatro vezes inferior quando comparado ao sistema tradicional, indicando o potencial de aplicação comercial deste sistema.Water is a natural resource becoming scarce in many regions. Cleaning fruits and vegetables, generally demands high water consumption. A fresh market tomato packing-line is composed of: receiving, cleaning, sorting, classifying and packing. Normally, the receiving process for tomatoes in a packing line happens in a constant flow, however often interruptions of operators cause loss of water, energy and also fruits cleaning efficiency. The main goal of this study was to develop an automation system for cleaning fruits, with a rational water use. For evaluating cleaning efficiency it was developed a methodology using a turbidimiter. The results showed that the cleaning efficiency index was statistically similar between the two systems; however, water consumption for the automated

  5. Particular applications of food irradiation fresh produce

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    2016-12-01

    On fresh fruits and vegetables, irradiation at low and medium dose levels can effectively reduce microbial counts which can enhance safety, inhibit sprouting to extend shelf-life, and eliminate or sterilize insect pests which can serve to facilitate trade between countries. At the dose levels used for these purposes, the impact on quality is negligible. Despite the fact that regulations in many countries allow the use of irradiation for fresh produce, the technology remains under-utilized, even in the light of an increase in produce related disease outbreaks and the economic benefits of extended shelf life and reduced food waste. Putative concerns about consumer acceptance particularly for produce that is labeled as irradiated have deterred many companies from using irradiation and retailers to carry irradiated produce. This section highlights the commercial use of irradiation for fresh produce, other than phytosanitary irradiation which is covered in supplementary sections.

  6. Effects of Preharvest Treatment with Chlorine Dioxide on Fresh-Keeping of ‘Hayward' Kiwi Fruit%采前二氧化氯处理对‘海沃德’猕猴桃的防腐保鲜效果

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    田红炎; 祝庆刚; 饶景萍

    2011-01-01

    The effects of preharyest treatment w}th chjprine dioxide (Q1O2) on fresh-keeping of 'Hayward' kiwi fruit during cold storage were studied. 'Hayward' kiwi fruit were sprayed with 0, 20,40, 60 or 80 mg-L-1 C1O2. The colony rate occurred on fruit surface, fruit firmness, total soluble solids, respiration rate, ethylene evolution rate, rotten index, weight loss, activity of peroxidase (POD) and phenylalanine ammonialyase (PAL) were investigated. The results showed that: the C1O2 treatment reduced the colony rate occurred on fruit surface, delayed the decline in fruit firmness, inhibited the increase of total soluble solids content, decreased the respiration rate and ethylene evolution rate, weight loss and rotten index, and maintained high activities of POD and PAL. The best concentration of C1O2 treatment was determined to be 60 mg-L"1. The C1O2 treatment at 60 mg-L'1 exhibited significant freshness effects and extended effectively the storage period.%研究了采前二氧化氯(ClO2处理对采后‘海沃德’猕猴桃果实在冷藏条件下的防腐保鲜效果.分别用浓度(有效成分)为0、20、40、60、80 mg·L-1的ClO2溶液,在采收前对果实进行喷布处理,在采收后冷藏过程中定期测定相关生理指标,并在贮藏末期(120 d)观察统计其腐烂指数.结果表明,浓度60 mg·L-1的C1O2采前处理可有效清除猕猴桃果实表面菌落,并能显著延缓冷藏期间果实硬度的下降、抑制可溶性固型物的上升、降低猕猴桃呼吸速率、乙烯释放速率、失重和腐烂指数,提高过氧化物酶(POD)和苯丙氨酸解氨酶(PAL)的活性.通过比较,确定采前ClO2处理的适宜浓度为60 mg·L-1.该浓度的ClO2处理对‘海沃德’猕猴桃具有明显的防腐保鲜效果,可有效延长贮藏期.

  7. Effect of ripeness stage during processing on Listeria monocytogenes growth on fresh-cut 'Conference' pears.

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    Colás-Medà, Pilar; Abadias, Maribel; Alegre, Isabel; Usall, Josep; Viñas, Inmaculada

    2015-08-01

    There are several factors that affect the shelf life of fresh-cut fruit, including the cultivar, the ripeness stage of the fruit during processing and the fruit's storage atmosphere and temperature. The effect of fruit ripeness during processing on the survival and growth of Listeria monocytogenes on fresh-cut 'Conference' pear slices at different temperatures (5, 10 and 20 °C) was studied. The four ripeness stages studied in this work (assessed by a fruit's firmness) were mature-green (54-60 N), partially ripe (43-53 N), ripe (31-42 N) and overripe (fresh-cut pear, the growth potential of L. monocytogenes increased with increasing temperature. A pear's ripeness stage during processing is an important consideration to ensure the quality of a fresh-cut pear, but it is not as important for preventing L. monocytogenes growth at common storage temperatures. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Fruit Juice.

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    The Effect of Homogenization, Stabilizer and Amylase Treatment on Viscosity of Passion. Fruit Juice. ... viscosity during storage of sweetened, pasteurized passion fruit juice were investigated. .... minutes after which the temperature was.

  9. 鲜切蔬菜加工过程追溯的原料批次混合优化模型构建%Establishment of materials batch mixing optimization model for traceability of fresh-cuts fruits and vegetables processing

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    邢斌; 刘学馨; 钱建平; 王健; 吴晓明

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    .7 and the maximum amount of iterations was limited to 50. The objective function consisted of the average recall size and the average yield of product. The model was applied in a manufacture enterprise of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, and the test results showed that the value of the objective function was improved by 10.5%, which could reduce the average recall rate and improve the production efficiency. This model can provide suggestion of material batch distribution and optimization of production for the small and medium-sized fresh-cut vegetable processing enterprises.

  10. Baryogensis in fresh inflation

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    2002-01-01

    I study the possibility of baryogenesis can take place in fresh inflation. I find that it is possible that violation of baryon number conservation can occur during the period out-of-equilibrium in this scenario. Indeed, baryogenesis could be possible before the thermal equilibrium is restored at the end of fresh inflation.

  11. Fresh-keeping and Antibacterial Technology of Citrus Fruits Based on Ethanol Extracts from Chinese Herbs%基于中药乙醇提取物的柑橘采后保鲜与抑菌技术

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    任艳芳; 刘畅; 何俊瑜; 王思梦; 张兰兰

    2012-01-01

    The plant resources with inhibitory effect on postharvest pathogenic fungi from citrus fruits were screened so as to provide the theoretical basis for the development of botanical fungicide. The experiments investigated inhibitory effects in vitro with 30 kinds of ethanol extracts from Chinese herbs against P. italicum, P. digit alum and Alternaria, citri by using mycelial growth rate method, and control effects in vivo and storage effects of Valencia orange with Coptis chinensis ethanol extracts. The results showed that 30 kinds of Chinese herbs ethanol extracts have different effects on mycelial growth of three citrus pathogens, and Coptis chinensis ethanol extracts exhibited the best antifungal effect which reached up to 100%. However, no difference was found between Prochloraz treatment and Coptis chinensis treatment (P> 0.05). Minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of Coptis chinensis ethanol extracts is 0. 025 g/mLu Control test showed that the control effect of Coptis chinensis ethanol extracts against the mixtures of three kinds of spores achieved 90. 87% after 10 d of treatment, and there was no significant difference ( P > 0. 05 ) between Coptis chinensis treatment and Prochloraz treatment. Preservation test indicated that Coptis chinensis ethanol extracts could obviously decrease the incidence of rotting rate and molding of Valencia orange fruits, increase the good fruit rate, and retard the losses of titratable acidity and vitamin C in fruits. Compared with Prochloraz treatment, there was no difference (P >0. 05). These results indicated that in vitro experiments, control effect and preservation test exhibited a good antifungal effect with Coptis chinensis ethanol extracts. Therefore, Coptis chinensis ethanol extracts may have a possibility to replace chemical fungicides and a new pesticide can be developed.%以意大利青霉、指状青霉、柑橘链格孢为供试菌种,采用生长速率法对30种中药的乙醇提取物进行离体抑菌试验,

  12. Freezing characteristics and texture variation after freezing and thawing of four fruit types

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    Full Text Available One major problem with frozen fruits is a loss of texture. Therefore this study investigated the effects of the freezingprocess on the freezing profiles, texture, and drip loss of apple, mango, cantaloupe, and pineapple fruit samples. All frozenthawedfruits varied in these three properties because of diversity in the fresh fruits. Mango had the highest total solublesolids content and the lowest freezing point, whereas pineapple showed the highest freezing rate. The highest firmness andcrunchy texture were found in fresh apple, and these properties were absent in the other fresh fruits. The firmness of allfrozen fruits significantly decreased by different percentages as compared to those of the fresh fruits. The drip loss of eachfruit type was also significantly different with apple samples having the highest firmness decrease and drip loss. This studyshows that freezing characteristics and frozen fruit properties depend on type of fruit.

  13. HVAC system design of liquid desiccant fresh air unit combined with ground-source heat pump%溶液调湿新风机组与地源热泵相结合的空调设计

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    张伟程; 滕汜颖

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    以上海虹桥产业楼空调系统为例,介绍了溶液调湿新风机组与地源热泵系统的设计,重点介绍了干式末端设备、冷热源主机、地埋管系统、空调水系统及自控系统设计的要点.根据实际运行调试情况,对冷热源水系统、干式风机盘管、高温型地源热泵机组、免费冷热源板式换热器、地源热泵与冷水机组的运行策略及生活热水应用进行了经验总结.%Taking the Shanghai Hongqiao Industrial Building air conditioning system as example, presents the liquid desiccant fresh air unit and ground-source heat pump design. Highlights the design points of the dry terminal device, cold and heat source unit, ground buried pipe system, air conditioning water system and automatic control system. According to the actual operation and commissioning, summarizes experiences of designing the cold and heat sources water system, dry fan-coil unit, high temperature ground-source heat pump, free cold and heat sources plate heat exchanger, water chiller and ground-source heat pump operation strategy and domestic hot water supply.

  14. 78 FR 32184 - Importation of Fresh Apricots From Continental Spain

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    ... From Continental Spain AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Proposed rule... allow the importation into the United States of fresh apricots from continental Spain. This action will... of fresh apricots from continental Spain into the United States subject to a systems approach...

  15. 76 FR 26654 - Movement of Hass Avocados From Areas Where Mediterranean Fruit Fly or South American Fruit Fly Exist

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    ... Avocados From Areas Where Mediterranean Fruit Fly or South American Fruit Fly Exist AGENCY: Animal and... from Mediterranean fruit fly quarantined areas in the United States with a certificate if the fruit is... quarantine regulations to remove trapping requirements for Mediterranean fruit fly for Hass avocados...

  16. Breeding, Characteristics and Cultivation Techniques of New Hot Pepper( Capsicum annuum) Varieties Eating as Fresh and Dry Fruits%干鲜两用型辣椒新品种皖椒18的选育·特征特性·栽培要点

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    江海坤; 张其安; 方凌; 严从生; 王明霞; 王艳; 董言香; 田红梅

    2012-01-01

    [ Objective] The purpose was to supply a theoretical basis for the popularization and cultivation of new hot pepper variety Wanjiao18. [ Method] Through comparing the yield,quality and disease resistance indices of Wanjiao18 with control,the production potential and popularization value of Wanjiao18 were discussed. [Result] The mid-early maturity hot pepper hybrid Wanjiao18 has conical fruit with smooth skin; Its fruit length is 17 -20 cm,fruit shoulder is 1.6 - 1.8 cm; Its fresh weight per fruit is 20 - 25 g,and dry weight per fruit is 3.0 - 4.5 g; Its fruit shape index is 10.9,thickness is 0.23 cm,ventricle number is 2 - 3; Its fresh fruit is dark green,and dry fruit is dull - red and bright. Wan-jiao18 has strong continuous fruit - setting ability,and yield is over 3 × 104 kg/hm2 in general,is significant higher than that of control 8819; Its dry matter content,crude fat content,crude fibre content and total sugar content are all lower than those of control Xiangla2hao,but the red pigment value, VC content and capsaicine content are all higher that those of control Xiangla2hao; As a whole, its quality is superior to control Xian-gla2hao. Wanjiao18 is resistant to virus disease,and is high resistant to anthracnose,phytophthora disease and bacterial wilt,so has strong disease resistance. [Conclusion] Wanjiao18 has characteristics of early maturity,good quality and high yield,is a multiple usages variety as green pepper, red pepper and producing into dry pepper,and is suitable for growing in Anhui,Hunan,Jiangsu and Yunnan and so on,has a good and application future, popularization.%[目的]为辣椒(Capsicum annuum)新品种皖椒18的推广种植提供理论依据.[方法]通过比较皖椒18和对照品种的产量、品质和抗病性等指标,探讨了皖椒18的生产潜力和推广价值.[结果]皖椒18中早熟;果实羊角形,果长17 ~ 20 cm、果肩1.6~1.8 cm;鲜椒单果重20~25 g,干椒单果重3.0~4.5 g;果面光滑,果指10.9,肉厚0

  17. Anaphylaxis after accidental ingestion of kiwi fruit.

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    Gawrońska-Ukleja, Ewa; Różalska, Anna; Ukleja-Sokołowska, Natalia; Zbikowska-Gotz, Magdalena; Bartuzi, Zbigniew

    2013-06-01

    Numerous cases of anaphylaxis after ingestion of kiwi fruit, after the skin tests and during oral immunotherapy were described. The article describes the case of severe anaphylactic reaction that occurred in a 55-year-old patient after accidental ingestion of kiwi. Allergy to kiwi fruit was confirmed by a native test with fresh kiwi fruit. After the test, the patient experienced generalized organ response in the form of headache, general weakness and rashes on the neck and breast, and dyspnea. The patient had significantly elevated levels of total IgE and IgE specific to kiwi fruit.

  18. Formation of trichloromethane in chlorinated water and fresh-cut produce and as a result of reacting with citric acid

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    Chlorine (sodium hypochlorite) is commonly used by the fresh produce industry to sanitize wash water, fresh and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. However, possible formation of harmful chlorine by-products is a concern. The objectives of this study were to compare chlorine and chlorine dioxide in t...

  19. Evaluation of current operating standards for chlorine dioxide in disinfection of dump tank and flume for fresh tomatoes.

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    Tomás-Callejas, Alejandro; López-Velasco, Gabriela; Valadez, Angela M; Sbodio, Adrian; Artés-Hernández, Francisco; Danyluk, Michelle D; Suslow, Trevor V

    2012-02-01

    Standard postharvest unit operations that rely on copious water contact, such as fruit unloading and washing, approach the criteria for a true critical control point in fresh tomato production. Performance data for approved sanitizers that reflect commercial systems are needed to set standards for audit compliance. This study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of chlorine dioxide (ClO(2)) for water disinfection as an objective assessment of recent industry-adopted standards for dump tank and flume management in fresh tomato packing operations. On-site assessments were conducted during eight temporally distinct shifts in two Florida packinghouses and one California packinghouse. Microbiological analyses of incoming and washed fruit and dump and flume system water were evaluated. Water temperature, pH, turbidity, conductivity, and oxidation-reduction potential (ORP) were monitored. Reduction in populations of mesophilic and coliform bacteria on fruit was not significant, and populations were significantly higher (P dump tanks but consistently below the detection limit in flumes. Turbidity and conductivity increased with loads of incoming tomatoes. Water temperature varied during daily operations, but pH and ORP mostly remained constant. The industry standard positive temperature differential of 5.5°C between water and fruit pulp was not maintained in tanks during the full daily operation. ORP values were significantly higher in the flume than in the dump tank. A positive correlation was found between ORP and temperature, and negative correlations were found between ORP and turbidity, total mesophilic bacteria, and coliforms. This study provides in-plant data indicating that ClO(2) can be an effective sanitizer in flume and spray-wash systems, but current operational limitations restrict its performance in dump tanks. Under current conditions, ClO(2) alone is unlikely to allow the fresh tomato industry to meet its microbiological quality goals under typical

  20. Breeding highbush blueberry cultivars adapted to machine harvest for the fresh market

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    In recent years, world blueberry production has been split evenly between processing and fresh fruit markets. Machine harvest of highbush blueberry [northern highbush (NHB, Vaccinium corymbosum L.), southern highbush (SHB, Vaccinium corymbosum interspecific hybrids), and rabbiteye (RE, Vaccinium vi...

  1. Advances in Studies on Natural Preservativesfor Fruits and Vegetables

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    Gao, Haisheng; Shi, Pengbao; Zhao, Yuhua

    The author introduced g eneral research and application situations of natural preservatives for fruits and vegetables all over the world these years, and summarized application of vegetation of Murraya in Rutaceae, Cinnamomum in Lauraceae, Artemisia in Compositae and other families and genera on fruits and vegetables preservation and fresh-keeping. Decoction or extraction of Chinese traditional medicine, such as Alpinia Officinarum, Amarphalus Konjac K., stemona etc, could be used in fresh-keeping for orange, apple, strawberry, edible fungi and so on. Garlic could be used in fresh-keeping for orange. Phytic acid and fresh-keeping agents compounded with Phytic acid could extend storage periods of easily rotting fruits and vegetables, such as strawberry, banana, cantaloup, edible fungi and so on, and better keep original fresh condition. Extraction of Snow Fresh, Semper Fresh, Arthropod shell extraction, and halite also had better effect on preservation and fresh-keeping for fruits and vegetables. Main problems exsited in the application of natural preservatives for fruits and vegetables were showed in this article and the applying prospect were discussed too.

  2. Nutrient contents of the fresh pulps and dried pulp cakes of vitellaria paradoxa of Gulu District, Uganda

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    Oryema, Christine; Oryem-Origa, Hannington; Roos, Nanna

    2016-01-01

    Vitellaria paradoxa Gaertn locally known as ‘Yaa’ in Acholi is a valuable edible indigenous wild fruit in Gulu District, northern Uganda. It is a multipurpose fruit tree and highly favoured by the inhabitants of this district. Its fruit pulps are eaten when fresh and/or made into cakes and dried...

  3. Factors affecting the postharvest performance of fresh-cut lettuce

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    Witkowska, I.M.

    2013-01-01

    The quality of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables is often offset by a rapid deterioration, due to severe physical stress, such as peeling, cutting, slicing, shredding, and trimming. Due to this wounding, the already short shelf-life of these harvested products is even more reduced in the market place.

  4. Analysis of Natural and Anthropogenic Radionuclide Content in Palm Date Fruit of the United Arab Emirates: A Baseline Study.

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    Rahman, Rubina; Solodov, Alexander

    2016-11-01

    The purpose of this study is to contribute to a wider effort of establishing an environmental radiation baseline for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) before the startup of the country's first nuclear reactor in 2017. An investigation of gamma-emitting radionuclide concentrations in palm dates grown in the UAE was performed. Palm date samples of 10 varieties originating from several local commercial date palm farms of the UAE were collected and analyzed. The study targeted the naturally occurring radionuclides, such as U, Th, and K, in addition to any potential anthropogenic radionuclides, such as Cs and others. Gamma spectrometry revealed measured activity concentrations for U (Ra), Th (Ra), and K that ranged from 0.61 to 0.80 Bq kg, 0.10 to 0.23 Bq kg, and 191 to 362 Bq kg, respectively, on a dry-weight basis, and calculated activity concentrations on a wet basis ranged from 0.52 to 0.69 Bq kg, 0.09 to 0.22 Bq kg, and 168 to 297 Bq kg, respectively. No Cs or other anthropogenic radionuclides could be detected in this study. All measurements were performed using a coaxial HPGe detector with 40% relative efficiency quoted by the manufacturer. Efficiency calibration correction factors were calculated using Angle software.

  5. Antioxidant activity and HPTLC profile of Lagenaria siceraria fruits

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    comparing the 2,2-diphenyl-1,1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical scavenging and reducing capacity of ethyl ... capacity assay, Bt fresh fruits extract exhibited higher reducing power than all test samples. ..... Exper mental B ology 22, 312-332.

  6. Effect of pesticide mixture on value of fresh, fermented and pickles cucumbers

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    Krystyna WElkner

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available In years 1998-1999 effects of fungicides (azoxystrobin and copper hydroxide, insecticides (etafenproks and pirimicarb and their mixtures on chemical composition and organoleptic quality of fresh, fermented and pickled cucumbers were studied_ To analyses fruits were taken after 7 and 12 days from treatment. Fresh cucumber fruits after 7 days from treatment with investigated pesticides contained less carbohydrates and ascorbic acids and higher level of nitrates in compare to untreated fruits (control. After 12 days from treatment the differences between treated and untreated fruits dissapeared. Cucumber fruits harvested 7 and 12 days after treatment were processed separately. Quality evaluation of fermented and pickled cucumbers was carried out 4 months after processing. In most of cucumber fruits (7 days after treatment with pesticides treated with pesticides empty cavities were found, and not in control (untreated. Number of cavities was highest in fresh and pickled cucumbers treated with mixture of fungicide and insecticide. In case of fermented cucumbers highest number of empty cavities occurred in fruits treated with fungicide azoxystrobin. Cucumber fruits taken to fermentation process 7 days after day of treatment had darker green colour, lowered haIdness, and larger empty cavities than untreated fruits. In fruits harvested 12 days after pesticides application such differencess were not observed.

  7. Effects of Chitosan-Essential Oil Coatings on Safety and Quality of Fresh Blueberries

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    Chitosan coating plus different essential oils was developed and applied to fresh blueberries, in order to find environmentally friendly and healthy treatments to preserve fresh fruit quality and safety during postharvest storage. Studies were first performed in vitro where wild-type Escherichia col...

  8. Rheological properties of strawberry fruit coating with methylcellulose

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    Introduction: The maintenance of the quality of fresh products is still a major challenge for the consumers. The most important quality attributes contributing to the marketability of fresh fruit include appearance, color, texture, flavor, nutritional value and microbial safety. Strawberry fruits should be firm but not crunchy. Decreased quality during postharvest handling is most often associated with water loss and decay. The postharvest life of strawberries can be extended by coating techn...

  9. Fruit quality parameters of some southern high bush blueberries (Vaccinium xcorymbosum L.) grown in Andalusia (Spain)

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    Molina, J. M.; Calvo, D.; Medina, J. J.; Barrau, C.; Romero, E.

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    Physical and chemical parameters of fresh berries from three southern high bush (ONeal, Sharp blue and Misty) blueberry cultivars grown in Huelva (Southwestern Spain) under two production systems were measured and evaluated. ANOVA applied to data yielded significant differences between production systems for mean fruit size and mean fruit fresh weight (P<0.05), although main effects on physical and chemical characteristics of fruit were due to cultivar. All three cultivars showed significantly different means (P<0.05) for fruit fresh weight, and all chemical characteristics. Stepwise discriminant analysis (SDA) for classification and identification of the cultivars based on physico-chemical properties of samples of fruits was performed. The model obtained gave high percentages of correct classification and prediction (81.1% and 78.4%, respectively). The variables with higher discriminating power were fruit titratable acidity, fruit size and fruit sugar content. (Author)

  10. 78 FR 70259 - 2013-2015 Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee

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    ..., fresh cut processors, foodservice suppliers, state agencies involved in organic and non-organic fresh... Agricultural Marketing Service 2013-2015 Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee AGENCY: Agricultural... Committee Act, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing a call for nominations to the Fruit...

  11. Effects of cutting and maturity on antioxidant activity of fresh-cut tomatoes

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    Moreira Lana, M.; Tijskens, L.M.M.; Kooten, van O.

    2005-01-01

    To investigate the changes in total antioxidant activity of fresh-cut tomato during storage, tomato fruits harvested at three different stages of maturity were cut into 7-mm thick slices and stored at 5°C. Intact (control) fruits were stored in the same conditions. The antioxidant activity was evalu

  12. Effects of cutting and maturity on antioxidant activity of fresh-cut tomatoes

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    Moreira Lana, M.; Tijskens, L.M.M.

    2006-01-01

    To investigate the changes in total antioxidant activity of fresh-cut tomato during storage, tomato fruits harvested at three different stages of maturity were cut into 7-mm thick slices and stored at 5 °C. Intact fruits were stored in the same conditions as a control. The antioxidant activity was e

  13. Effects of cutting and maturity on antioxidant activity of fresh-cut tomatoes

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    Moreira Lana, M.; Tijskens, L.M.M.

    2006-01-01

    To investigate the changes in total antioxidant activity of fresh-cut tomato during storage, tomato fruits harvested at three different stages of maturity were cut into 7-mm thick slices and stored at 5 °C. Intact fruits were stored in the same conditions as a control. The antioxidant activity was e

  14. An analysis of the influence of logistics activities on the export cold chain of temperature sensitive fruit through the Port of Cape Town

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    Full Text Available Background: South Africa exports a large variety of different fruit types and cultivars worldwide. Yet, there is concern in the South African fruit industry that too much fruit and money is lost each year due to breaks along the fresh fruit export cold chain.Objective: The objective of this article was to identify the influence of logistics activities on breaks along the South African fruit export cold chain. The focus is specifically on temperature sensitive fruit, exported in refrigerated containers to Europe and the United Kingdom through the Port of Cape Town. This supply chain was selected as this was the most accessible supply chain in terms of retrieving the necessary temperature data.Method: The cold chain was investigated from the cold store, through all segments, until the Port of Cape Town. Temperature data collected with temperature monitoring devices from different fruit export supply chains of grapes, plums and pome fruit (apples and pears were analysed to identify the percentage of temperature breaks and the length of temperature breaks that occur at each segment of the cold chain.Results: The results show that a large number of breaks are experienced along South Africa’s fruit export cold chain, specifically at the interface between the cold store and the truck. In addition, the findings also show that there has been an improvement in the number of breaks experienced in the Port of Cape Town following the implementation of the NAVIS and Refcon systems.Conclusion: This article concludes by providing the fruit industry with areas that require addressing to improve operational procedures along the fruit export cold chain to help ensure that the fruit arrives at its final destination at optimal quality.

  15. Oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) and phenolic and anthocyanin concentrations in fruit and leaf tissues of highbush blueberry.

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    Ehlenfeldt, M K; Prior, R L

    2001-05-01

    Antioxidant capacity, as measured by oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC), and total phenolic and total anthocyanin contents were evaluated in fruit tissues of 87 highbush blueberry (Vacciniumcorymbosum L.) and species-introgressed highbush blueberry cultivars. ORAC and phenolic levels were evaluated in leaf tissues of the same materials. Average values for ORAC, phenolics, and anthocyanins in fruit were 15.9 ORAC units, 1.79 mg/g (gallic acid equivalents), and 0.95 mg/g (cyanidin-3-glucoside equivalents), respectively. Cv. Rubel had the highest ORAC per gram of fresh weight values, at 31.1 units, and cv. Elliott had the highest values on the basis of ORAC per square centimeter of surface area. In leaf tissue, values for both ORAC and phenolics were significantly higher than in fruit tissue, with mean values of 490 ORAC units and 44.80 mg/g (gallic acid equivalents), respectively. Leaf ORAC had a low, but significant, correlation with fruit phenolics and anthocyanins, but not with fruit ORAC. An analysis of ORAC values versus calculated midparent values in 11 plants from the 87-cultivar group in which all parents were tested suggested that, across cultivars, ORAC inheritance is additive. An investigation of ORAC values in a family of 44 cv. Rubel x Duke seedlings showed negative epistasis for ORAC values, suggesting Rubel may have gene combinations contributing to ORAC that are broken up during hybridization.

  16. Intelligent Fish Freshness Assessment

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    Hamid Gholam Hosseini

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Fish species identification and automated fish freshness assessment play important roles in fishery industry applications. This paper describes a method based on support vector machines (SVMs to improve the performance of fish identification systems. The result is used for the assessment of fish freshness using artificial neural network (ANN. Identification of the fish species involves processing of the images of fish. The most efficient features were extracted and combined with the down-sampled version of the images to create a 1D input vector. Max-Win algorithm applied to the SVM-based classifiers has enhanced the reliability of sorting to 96.46%. The realisation of Cyranose 320 Electronic nose (E-nose, in order to evaluate the fish freshness in real-time, is experimented. Intelligent processing of the sensor patterns involves the use of a dedicated ANN for each species under study. The best estimation of freshness was provided by the most sensitive sensors. Data was collected from four selected species of fishes over a period of ten days. It was concluded that the performance can be increased using individual trained ANN for each specie. The proposed system has been successful in identifying the number of days after catching the fish with an accuracy of up to 91%.

  17. Cultivable microbiome of fresh white button mushrooms.

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    Rossouw, W; Korsten, L

    2017-02-01

    Microbial dynamics on commercially grown white button mushrooms is of importance in terms of food safety assurance and quality control. The purpose of this study was to establish the microbial profile of fresh white button mushrooms. The total microbial load was determined through standard viable counts. Presence and isolation of Gram-negative bacteria including coagulase-positive Staphylococci were performed using a selective enrichment approach. Dominant and presumptive organisms were confirmed using molecular methods. Total mushroom microbial counts ranged from 5·2 to 12·4 log CFU per g, with the genus Pseudomonas being most frequently isolated (45·37% of all isolations). In total, 91 different microbial species were isolated and identified using Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrophotometry, PCR and sequencing. Considering current food safety guidelines in South Africa for ready-to-eat fresh produce, coliform counts exceeded the guidance specifications for fresh fruit and vegetables. Based on our research and similar studies, it is proposed that specifications for microbial loads on fresh, healthy mushrooms reflect a more natural microbiome at the point-of-harvest and point-of-sale. Presence and persistence of micro-organisms within the microbiome of fresh produce is important when identifying a potential niche for foodborne pathogens. Most foodborne outbreaks can be attributed to microbial imbalances or lack of diversity within the associated host surface and residing microbial population. Agaricus bisporus samples analysed during this study showed a higher microbial load (5·2 up to 12·4 log CFU per g) compared to known values for other fresh produce. These mushrooms were considered to carry microbial loads representing a healthy and safe product, fit for consumption, despite showing a high indicator incidence. Although foodborne pathogens may be associated on occasion with fresh mushrooms, it remains a low

  18. 采后热水和乙醇处理对枸杞鲜果腐烂的控制及品质的影响%Effect of hot water and ethanol treatments on postharvest rot and quality of fresh wolfberry fruit

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    胡文瑾; 毕阳; 李颖超; 王毅; 袁晶; 王蓉

    2013-01-01

    以“宁杞1号”枸杞鲜果为试材,研究热水和乙醇单独或结合浸泡处理对枸杞鲜果腐烂的控制和品质的影响.结果表明,热水和乙醇单独或结合处理均可有效降低果实的腐烂率,以热乙醇处理效果最好,热水处理次之,贮藏第28d的腐烂率仅分别为同期对照的50.5%和66.7%.热水和热乙醇处理还可明显降低贮藏期间果实的失重率,贮藏第28d时仅分别为同期对照的64.6%和53.2%,但乙醇单独处理果实的失重率却明显高于对照.热水和乙醇单独或结合处理可有效维持果实的可溶性固形物、可滴定酸以及Vc含量.各处理对果实色泽、气味、汁液、果柄颜色及果皮饱满状态的影响不大,热水和热乙醇处理可改善枸杞的滋味,但乙醇处理会使其滋味变差.%Fresh wolfberry(cv·Ningqi No· 1) were used as materials to study the effect of hot water and ethanol treatments on postharvest rot and quality of fruit during low temperature storage.Results indicated that hot water and ethanol individually or combined treatments decreased effectively rot rate,hot water showed the best and ethanol ranged the second,the rot rates were 50.5% and 66.7% lower than the control after 28 days of the storage.Hot water individually and hot water combined with ethanol also decreased the weight loss,were 64.6% and 53.2% lower than the control after 28 days of the storage.However,weight loss of fruit treated with ethanol individually was higher than the control.The hot water and ethanol individually or combined treatments noticeably maintained the content of soluble solids,titratable acid and ascorbic acid,and the color and luster,floavor,juice,color of peduncle and rind of fruit.Hot water individually and hot water combined with ethanol improved the tast,however,ethanol treatment decreased the taste of fruit.

  19. Power plant units load economic dispatch based on partial derivative acceleration fruit fly optimization algorithm%偏导加速果蝇优化算法的电厂机组负荷分配

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    荣淼; 王庆; 陈杨; 夏长红; 张勇

    2015-01-01

    As for defects in accuracy and convergence rate of the fruit fly optimization algorithm in power plant units load economic dispatch,a partial derivative acceleration fruit fly optimization algorithm was proposed,with the fruit fly optimization algorithm as first optimization algorithm and partial derivative descent algorithm as second optimization algorithm.The case analysis of power plant units load economic dispatch shows that partial derivative acceleration fruit fly optimization algorithm,maintaining the simplicity in principle and calculation,has great advantage of accuracy,convergence property and robustness compared with fruit fly optimization algorithm,PSO algorithm,GA algorithm.%针对果蝇优化算法等进化算法在电厂机组负荷分配问题中准确性和收敛速度的缺陷,将果蝇优化算法作为一次优化算法,所得结果作为偏导下降算法的输入,即偏导下降算法作为二次优化算法,提出一种偏导加速果蝇优化算法。电厂机组负荷分配实例分析表明:偏导加速果蝇优化算法保持了果蝇优化算法原理简明、计算简洁的特点,且在求解准确性、收敛快速性、稳定性上均优于果蝇优化算法、PSO 算法和 GA 算法。

  20. 76 FR 166 - Fresh and Chilled Atlantic Salmon From Norway

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    ... COMMISSION Fresh and Chilled Atlantic Salmon From Norway AGENCY: United States International Trade Commission... on fresh and chilled Atlantic salmon from Norway. SUMMARY: The Commission hereby gives notice that it... and chilled Atlantic salmon from Norway would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence...

  1. Analysis of the Influencing Factors and Key Driving Force concerning the Efficiency of Green Supply Chain of Fruits and Vegetables

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    Li,Yingtang; Qiao, Zhong

    2014-01-01

    Like the general green supply chain, the green supply chain of fruits and vegetables also requires low negative effects of the environment and high resource utilization rate, as well as the healthiness and freshness of fruits and vegetables. Currently, the level of development of the green supply chain of fruits and vegetables is low in China, and the freshness of fruits and vegetables can not be well maintained, so there is an urgent need to improve the operational efficiency of the green su...

  2. 76 FR 81401 - Importation of Litchi Fruit From Australia

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    2011-12-28

    ... litchi fruit with up to 5 millimeters of stem into the continental United States from Australia. The threshold allowing for a maximum of 5 millimeters of stem on the imported litchi fruit was included in... punctiferalis). Litchi fruit moth (Cryptophlebia ombrodelta). Orange fruit borer (Isotenes miserana). The...

  3. Avaliaçao de híbridos de coqueiro (Cocos nucifera L. para produção de frutos e de albúmen sólido fresco Performance of hybrids of coconut palm for production of fruits and solid fresh albumen

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    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Avaliou-se o desempenho de seis híbridos de coqueiro para produção de frutos e de albúmen sólido fresco no Município de Moju, PA. Os híbridos avaliados foram: PB 121 (Anão-amarelo da Malásia x Gigante Oeste Africano; PB 111 (Anão-vermelho de Camarões x Gigante Oeste Africano; PB 141 (Anão-verde do Brasil x Gigante Oeste Africano; PB 123 (Anão-amarelo da Malásia x Gigante de Renel; PB 132 (Anão-vermelho da Malásia x Gigante da Polinésia e PB 113 (Anão-vermelho de Camarões x Gigante de Renel, em delineamento em blocos casualizados com seis repetições. Verificou-se, pela análise de variância, diferença significativa para tratamentos, resultante da heterogeneidade do material genético estudado. As fontes de variação ano e a interação anos x tratamentos foram também altamente significativas, evidenciando que o comportamento dos híbridos foi induzido por aquelas fontes de variação. Considerando o desempenho dos híbridos no período de 9 anos de avaliação para produção de frutos e de albúmen fresco, pode-se recomendar para plantio os híbridos PB 111, PB 113, PB 141 nas condições do Estado do Pará, com vistas a atender às indústrias (albúmen sólido, quanto à venda de cocos "in natura" para consumo de água.The performance of six hybrids of coconut palm were evaluated for fruit and solid fresh albumen production in Moju, State of Pará. The evaluated hybrids were: PB 121 (Dwarf Yellow of Malaysia x West African Giant; PB 111 (Dwarf Red of Cameron x West Afican Giant; PB 141 (Dwarf Green of Brazil x West Aficam Giant; PB 123 (Dwarf Yellow of Malaysia x Renel's Giant; PB 132 (Red Dwarf of Malaysia x (Giant from Polynesia; PB 113 (Dwarf Red of Cameron x Renel's Giant in hazard blocks and six repetitions. It was verified through variance analysis, significancy difference between treatments, as result of the heterogeneity of the studied genetic material. The sources of variation year and the interaction years x

  4. Investigation on the Seasonal Trend of Fruit Markets in Changsha, Hunan Province

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    2001-01-01

    This investigation on the seasonal trend of fruit markets in Changsha indicated that the fruit varieties on the market in Changsha were abundant, up to 49 varieties; seasonal fresh fruits were continuously provided around the year; most fruits were domestic produce from all over the country, and about 39% of the varieties were imported mainly from southeast Asia, America, New Zealand and Brazil; the imported fruits and a few kinds of domestic fruits were higher in the quality grades than most domestic fruits, which accounted for approximately half of the total fruit volume; and fruit prices varied markedly with fruit varieties, quality grades and time of marketing. In a word, the Hunan fruit industry must increase fruit quality and diversity in order to achieve a favourable position in the strong international competition.

  5. Effect of 1-MCP on texture properties of fresh fruit in storage shelf period of Zizyphus jujube cv.Zhongqiusucui%1-甲基环丙烯对货架期中秋酥脆枣鲜果质构特性的影响

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    王森; 谢碧霞

    2011-01-01

    The effect of 1-Methylcyclopropene on texture properties of fresh fruit in storage shelf period was investigated by using Zizyphus jujube cv. Zhongqiusucai as materials with the TA-XT2i measured texture. The results show that: ① the effects of treating the jujubes in storge shelf period with 0. 4 μL/L of 1-MCP. With gradient low-temperature and time on hardness, brittleness. Elasticity, adhesion to other indicators reached significant differences; ② 1-MCP treatment of cold Mid-autumn crisp dates in 25 d, the fruit firmness while also showing declining trend has been maintained at more than 15 N; low temperature environment within the Mid-autumn crisp dates in the 15 d, fruit hardness maintained at 15 N above, but with the further extension of shelf life, and its hardness suddenly went down, when at 25 days the hardness closed to the firmness under room temperature; ③ 1 - MCP treatment of cold Mid-autumn crisp dates in 25 d, the crispness of the fruit also showed declining although the trend has been maintained at more than 125 N; low temperature in the Mid-autumn crisp date 15 d, the crispness of the fruit also maintained at 12 N above, but with the further extension of shelf life, when the crispness of the 25 d 10. 445 N, and 25 d, when the fruit at room temperature under conditions of reduced hardness to 4. 788 N; ④Mid-autumn crisp dates with different treatments within 25 d,all had trend to increase flexibility, but the flexibility with 1- MCP and low temperature rose with mintmum range.%为了研究中秋酥脆枣货架最佳维持时间,以中秋酥脆枣果实为试材,用TA-XT2i质构仪测定不同处理对货架期中秋酥脆枣鲜果质构特性的影响.结果表明:①0.4 μL/L的1-MCP低温处理对货架期枣鲜果质构特性中硬度、脆度、弹性、粘合性等指标的影响达到显著差异;②1 MCP低温处理的中秋酥脆枣在25 d内,果实硬度虽然也表现出不断下降态势,却一直维持在15 N以上;低温

  6. Let's move salad bars to schools: a public-private partnership to increase student fruit and vegetable consumption.

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    Harris, Diane M; Seymour, Jennifer; Grummer-Strawn, Laurence; Cooper, Ann; Collins, Beth; DiSogra, Lorelei; Marshall, Andrew; Evans, Nona

    2012-08-01

    Few school-age youth consume the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables, and increasing fruit and vegetable intake in children and adolescents is an important public health goal to maintain long-term good health and to decrease risk of chronic disease and obesity. School salad bars are an important tool to promote fruit and vegetable consumption among schoolchildren. Studies show that introduction of school salad bars increases the amount and variety of fruits and vegetables consumed by children in schools. However, many schools cannot afford the capital investment in the salad bar equipment. In 2010, the National Fruit & Vegetable Alliance (NFVA), United Fresh Produce Association Foundation, the Food Family Farming Foundation, and Whole Foods Market launched Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools (LMSB2S) in support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative. The goal of LMSB2S is to place 6000 salad bars in schools over 3 years. As of June, 2012, over 1400 new salad bar units have been delivered to schools across the United States, increasing access to fruits and vegetables for over 700,000 students. Any K through 12 school district participating in the National School Lunch Program is eligible to submit an application at www.saladbars2schools. org/. Requests for salad bar units ($2625 each unit) are fulfilled through grassroots fund raising in the school community and through funds raised by the LMSB2S partners from corporate and foundation sources. LMSB2S is a model for coalition-building across many government, nonprofit, and industry partners to address a major public health challenge.

  7. Simultaneous Determination of 5 Preservatives Residues in Fresh Fruit by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry%气相色谱-质谱法对鲜水果中5种保鲜剂残留量的同时测定

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    奉夏平; 李彩均; 唐丽娜; 付丽敏; 黄秀丽; 陈清清

    2013-01-01

    A gas chromatography-mass spectrometric (GC-MS) method was established to simultaneously detect 5 kinds of fruit preservatives including p-methyl hydroxybenzoate,p-ethyl hydroxybenzoate,ethyl naphthol,4-phenyl phenol and diphenyl ether.The samples were extracted with ether,concentrated by nitrogen blowing,and purified with activated carbon column.The analysis of target compounds was performed by GC-MS under the selected ion mode (SIM),and quantified by the external standard method.Under the optimized conditions,the calibration curves of the 5 preservatives were linear in the range of 0.2-4.0 mg/L with correlation coefficients (r2) more than 0.991.The spiked recoveries ranged from 80.4% to 104.5% with relative standard deviations (RSDs) of 1.2%-6.4%.The limit of detection of diphenyl ether was 0.05 mg/kg,and those of the other analytes were all 0.1 mg/kg.The method was simple,rapid and cheap,and the impurities like pigments in fruit samples could be diminished with activated carbon column.Therefore,the method was suitable for the determination of the 5 preservatives residues in fresh fruits with high sensitivity and selectivity.%建立了气相色谱-质谱法(GC-MS)同时测定鲜水果中对羟基苯甲酸甲酯、对羟基苯甲酸乙酯、乙萘酚、4-苯基苯酚和联苯醚5种保鲜剂的分析方法.鲜水果样品经乙醚超声提取、浓缩后,活性炭柱净化,选择离子模式(SIM)下测定,外标法定量.在优化条件下,5种保鲜剂的线性范围为0.2~4.0 mg/L,相关系数(r2)大于0.991,联苯醚的检出限为0.05 mg/kg,其余4种保鲜剂的检出限均为0.1 mg/kg.5种保鲜剂的加标回收率为80.4%~104.5%,相对标准偏差(RSD)为1.2%~6.4%.该方法简便、快速、试剂价廉易得,且能消除鲜水果样品中色素等杂质的干扰,具有较高的准确度和精密度,适用于鲜水果中上述5种防腐保鲜剂残留量的测定.

  8. Dehulling of coriander fruit before oil extraction

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    Coriander (Coriandrum sativum L.) is a summer annual traditionally grown for use as fresh green herb, spice or for its essential oil. The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of crushed fruit and the residue is utilized as feed or processed further to recover the triglyceride. The triglyc...

  9. Global Shortage of Fresh Water

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    2008-01-01

    <正>阅读下表。以Global Shortage of Fresh Water为题写一篇短文。词数:100—120学生习作:Global Shortage of Fresh Water Fresh water seems ineverywhere,in rivers,lakes,wells as well as rain,which make some people think that we can’t use up water.

  10. 77 FR 10981 - Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

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    2012-02-24

    ... other efforts to promote children's health, nutrition and physical activity, and to reduce overweight.... Mail: Send comments to Julie Brewer, Chief, Policy and Program Development Branch, Child Nutrition... Herbert, Chief, Policy and Program Development Branch, Child Nutrition Division, Food and Nutrition...

  11. 21 CFR 172.210 - Coatings on fresh citrus fruit.

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    2010-04-01

    ... sanctioned for the purpose. (2) One or more of the following: Component Limitations Fatty acids Complying with § 172.860. Oleic acid derived from tall oil fatty acids Complying with § 172.862. Partially...) FOOD FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION (CONTINUED) FOOD ADDITIVES PERMITTED FOR DIRECT ADDITION TO FOOD FOR...

  12. respiration and transpiration characteristics of selected fresh fruits ...

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    Key words : packaging, respiration, transpiration, temperature, relative humidity. RESUME ... microbial attack. Shelf life is inversely ... of relative humidity. MATERIALS AND METHODS ..... physiology and crop preservation. (M.) Lieberman ed.

  13. Risk assessment of cryptosporidium and giardia in water irrigating fresh produce in Mexico.

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    Mota, Alain; Mena, Kristina D; Soto-Beltran, Marcela; Tarwater, Patrick M; Cháidez, Cristóbal

    2009-10-01

    A rise in foodborne outbreaks in the United States associated with fresh produce has resulted in increased concerns with the importation of fruits and vegetables. Mexico is a major exporter of produce to the United States, particularly tomatoes and bell peppers. A quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) was conducted to evaluate the public health impact of protozoan-laden water irrigating produce in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. Specifically, a QMRA was conducted to address the human health impact associated with consumption of tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, and lettuce irrigated with water contaminated with Cryptosporidium and Giardia. Yearly infection risks were estimated and assumed a 120-day exposure in a given year. Annual risks range from 9 x 10(-6) for Cryptosporidium at the lowest concentration associated with bell peppers to almost 2 x 10(-1) for exposure to Giardia on lettuce at the highest detected concentration. With the relatively high number of illnesses resulting from produce-related outbreaks, addressing pre- and postharvest points of contamination for fruits and vegetables consumed raw should be a food industry priority. This research shows how QMRA can be used to interpret microbial contamination data for public health significance and subsequently provide the foundation for guideline development.

  14. Sorbitol, Rubus fruit, and misconception.

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    Lee, Jungmin

    2015-01-01

    It is unclear how the misunderstanding that Rubus fruits (e.g., blackberries, raspberries) are high in sugar alcohol began, or when it started circulating in the United States. In reality, they contain little sugar alcohol. Numerous research groups have reported zero detectable amounts of sugar alcohol in fully ripe Rubus fruit, with the exception of three out of 82 Rubus fruit samples (cloudberry 0.01 g/100 g, red raspberry 0.03 g/100 g, and blackberry 4.8 g/100 g(∗); (∗)highly unusual as 73 other blackberry samples contained no detectable sorbitol). Past findings on simple carbohydrate composition of Rubus fruit, other commonly consumed Rosaceae fruit, and additional fruits (24 genera and species) are summarised. We are hopeful that this review will clarify Rosaceae fruit sugar alcohol concentrations and individual sugar composition; examples of non-Rosaceae fruit and prepared foods containing sugar alcohol are included for comparison. A brief summary of sugar alcohol and health will also be presented.

  15. Gibberellic acid contribution to tomato fruit size

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    Ricardo Antonio Ayub

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available With the aim of assessing the behavior of tomato fruits subjected to increasing concentrations of gibberellic acid (GA3, research was carried out in the municipality of Irati, Paraná State, Brazil, within a commercial area of tomato crops, cultivar Fanny, in September under the crossing fence system with a single branch per plant. The adopted treatments were as follows: 0, 30, 60, 90, and 120ppm of GA3, applied whenever the diameter of the fi rst fruits of the second clusters reached roughly 10 mm. At harvest when the fruits had achieved 30 to 50% of reddish color, the fresh mass, length, and longitudinal and transversal diameters were measured. The application of 120ppm of GA3 provided maximum fresh mass and dimensions.

  16. Developments and trends in fruit bar production and characterization.

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    Orrego, C E; Salgado, N; Botero, C A

    2014-01-01

    Fruits serve as a source of energy, vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. One of the barriers in increasing fruit and vegetables consumption is time required to prepare them. Overall, fruit bars have a far greater nutritional value than the fresh fruits because all nutrients are concentrated and, therefore, would be a convenience food assortment to benefit from the health benefits of fruits. The consumers prefer fruit bars that are more tasted followed by proper textural features that could be obtained by establishing the equilibrium of ingredients, the proper choosing of manufacturing stages and the control of the product final moisture content. Fruit bar preparations may include a mixture of pulps, fresh or dried fruit, sugar, binders, and a variety of minor ingredients. Additionally to the conventional steps of manufacturing (pulping, homogenizing, heating, concentrating, and drying) there have been proposed the use of gelled fruit matrices, dried gels or sponges, and extruders as new trends for processing fruit bars. Different single-type dehydration or combined methods include, in order of increasing process time, air-infrared, vacuum and vacuum-microwave drying convective-solar drying, convective drying, and freeze drying are also suggested as alternative to solar traditional drying stage. The dehydration methods that use vacuum exhibited not only higher retention of antioxidants but also better color, texture, and rehydration capacity. Antioxidant activity resulting from the presence of phenolic compounds in the bars is well established. Besides this, fruit bars are also important sources of carbohydrates and minerals. Given the wide range of bioactive factors in fresh fruits that are preserved in fruit bars, it is plausible that their uptake consumption have a positive effect in reducing the risk of many diseases.

  17. Bacterial community diversity and variation in spray water sources and the tomato fruit surface

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    Ottesen Andrea R

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum consumption has been one of the most common causes of produce-associated salmonellosis in the United States. Contamination may originate from animal waste, insects, soil or water. Current guidelines for fresh tomato production recommend the use of potable water for applications coming in direct contact with the fruit, but due to high demand, water from other sources is frequently used. We sought to describe the overall bacterial diversity on the surface of tomato fruit and the effect of two different water sources (ground and surface water when used for direct crop applications by generating a 454-pyrosequencing 16S rRNA dataset of these different environments. This study represents the first in depth characterization of bacterial communities in the tomato fruit surface and the water sources commonly used in commercial vegetable production. Results The two water sources tested had a significantly different bacterial composition. Proteobacteria was predominant in groundwater samples, whereas in the significantly more diverse surface water, abundant phyla also included Firmicutes, Actinobacteria and Verrucomicrobia. The fruit surface bacterial communities on tomatoes sprayed with both water sources could not be differentiated using various statistical methods. Both fruit surface environments had a high representation of Gammaproteobacteria, and within this class the genera Pantoea and Enterobacter were the most abundant. Conclusions Despite the major differences observed in the bacterial composition of ground and surface water, the season long use of these very different water sources did not have a significant impact on the bacterial composition of the tomato fruit surface. This study has provided the first next-generation sequencing database describing the bacterial communities living in the fruit surface of a tomato crop under two different spray water regimes, and therefore represents an

  18. Foodborne outbreaks and potential routes of contamination in fresh and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables

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    Outbreaks of Salmonella spp., Listeria monocytogenes, and Escherichia coli O157:H7 have been associated with mangoes, cantaloupes, and leafy green commodities, respectively. The 2011 outbreak of L. monocytogenes associated with the consumption of contaminated Rocky Ford cantaloupes was one of the m...

  19. Diet quality is positively associated with 100% fruit juice consumption in children and adults in the United States: NHANES 2003-2006

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    One hundred percent fruit juice (100% FJ) has been viewed by some as a sweetened beverage with concerns about its effect on weight. Little regard has been given to the contribution of 100% FJ to diet quality. In this study data from the 2003-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey were...

  20. Reaction of Phytophthora fruit rot resistant germplasm lines to a broad range of Phytophthora capsici isolates from across the United States of America

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    Phytophthora fruit rot limits watermelon production in most states in the Southeastern US (FL, GA, SC, NC and VA). It has also become a serious problem in recent years in northern states (IN, MD, DE). About 50% of the US watermelons are grown in the southeastern states where environmental conditions...

  1. School-Level Practices to Increase Availability of Fruits, Vegetables, and Whole Grains, and Reduce Sodium in School Meals - United States, 2000, 2006, and 2014.

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    Merlo, Caitlin; Brener, Nancy; Kann, Laura; McManus, Tim; Harris, Diane; Mugavero, Kristy

    2015-08-28

    Students consume up to half of their daily calories at school, often through the federal school meal programs (e.g., National School Lunch Program) administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In 2012, USDA published new required nutrition standards for school meals.* These standards were the first major revision to the school meal programs in >15 years and reflect current national dietary guidance and Institute of Medicine recommendations to meet students' nutrition needs. The standards require serving more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and gradually reducing sodium content over 10 years. To examine the prevalence of school-level practices related to implementation of the nutrition standards, CDC analyzed data from the 2000, 2006, and 2014 School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS) on school nutrition services practices related to fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and sodium. Almost all schools offered whole grain foods each day for breakfast and lunch, and most offered two or more vegetables and two or more fruits each day for lunch. The percentage of schools implementing practices to increase availability of fruits and vegetables and decrease sodium content in school meals increased from 2000-2014. However, opportunities exist to increase the percentage of schools nationwide implementing these practices.

  2. A multilevel analysis of fruit growth of two tomato cultivars in response to fruit temperature.

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    Okello, Robert C O; de Visser, Pieter H B; Heuvelink, Ep; Lammers, Michiel; de Maagd, Ruud A; Struik, Paul C; Marcelis, Leo F M

    2015-03-01

    Fruit phenotype is a resultant of inherent genetic potential in interaction with impact of environment experienced during crop and fruit growth. The aim of this study was to analyze the genetic and physiological basis for the difference in fruit size between a small ('Brioso') and intermediate ('Cappricia') sized tomato cultivar exposed to different fruit temperatures. It was hypothesized that fruit heating enhances expression of cell cycle and expansion genes, rates of carbon import, cell division and expansion, and shortens growth duration, whereas increase in cell number intensifies competition for assimilates among cells. Unlike previous studies in which whole-plant and fruit responses cannot be separated, we investigated the temperature response by varying fruit temperature using climate-controlled cuvettes, while keeping plant temperature the same. Fruit phenotype was assessed at different levels of aggregation (whole fruit, cell and gene) between anthesis and breaker stage. We showed that: (1) final fruit fresh weight was larger in 'Cappricia' owing to more and larger pericarp cells, (2) heated fruits were smaller because their mesocarp cells were smaller than those of control fruits and (3) no significant differences in pericarp carbohydrate concentration were detected between heated and control fruits nor between cultivars at breaker stage. At the gene level, expression of cell division promoters (CDKB2, CycA1 and E2Fe-like) was higher while that of the inhibitory fw2.2 was lower in 'Cappricia'. Fruit heating increased expression of fw2.2 and three cell division promoters (CDKB1, CDKB2 and CycA1). Expression of cell expansion genes did not corroborate cell size observations.

  3. Model-assisted analysis of spatial and temporal variations in fruit temperature and transpiration highlighting the role of fruit development.

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    Full Text Available Fruit physiology is strongly affected by both fruit temperature and water losses through transpiration. Fruit temperature and its transpiration vary with environmental factors and fruit characteristics. In line with previous studies, measurements of physical and thermal fruit properties were found to significantly vary between fruit tissues and maturity stages. To study the impact of these variations on fruit temperature and transpiration, a modelling approach was used. A physical model was developed to predict the spatial and temporal variations of fruit temperature and transpiration according to the spatial and temporal variations of environmental factors and thermal and physical fruit properties. Model predictions compared well to temperature measurements on mango fruits, making it possible to accurately simulate the daily temperature variations of the sunny and shaded sides of fruits. Model simulations indicated that fruit development induced an increase in both the temperature gradient within the fruit and fruit water losses, mainly due to fruit expansion. However, the evolution of fruit characteristics has only a very slight impact on the average temperature and the transpiration per surface unit. The importance of temperature and transpiration gradients highlighted in this study made it necessary to take spatial and temporal variations of environmental factors and fruit characteristics into account to model fruit physiology.

  4. Quantification of Art v 1 and Act c 1 being major allergens of mugwort pollen and kiwi fruit extracts in mass-units by ion-exchange HPLC-UV method.

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    Blanusa, Milan; Perovic, Iva; Popovic, Milica; Polovic, Natalija; Burazer, Lidija; Milovanovic, Mina; Gavrovic-Jankulovic, Marija; Jankov, Ratko; Cirkovic Velickovic, Tanja

    2007-10-01

    A simple ion-exchange HPLC-UV method was developed for determination of major allergens from mugwort pollen and kiwi fruit extracts in mass-units. The separation of Art v 1 and Act c 1 from other components in the extracts was achieved in one step. The extinction coefficients used in the study were theoretically determined and compared to the extinction coefficients determined by gravimetry. We also reported a close correlation of the major allergen contents with the overall allergenic potency of the extracts determined by inhibition ELISA. This method could be a useful tool for standardization of allergenic extracts for clinical use.

  5. 78 FR 26540 - Importation of Jackfruit, Pineapple, and Starfruit From Malaysia Into the Continental United States

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    ... amend the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation of fresh jackfruit, pineapple, and... management document (RMD), titled ``Importation of Fresh Fruits of Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus... Malaysia, and found free from P. averrhoae. The fruit in the sample would then have to be cut open...

  6. Assessment of the strategies of organic fruit production and fruit drying in Uganda

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    Didier Pillot

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Organic agriculture in Uganda is developing at a fast pace and despite this trend Uganda is still unable to produce enough fresh and dry organic fruits mainly pineapple to meet the exporters demand. This current research investigated the strategies of farmers at production level by assessing the pros and cons of fruit growing, organic agriculture and fruit drying in order to understand the underlying causal factor for the low production of organic dry fruits in a major fruit producing district of Uganda.The study was carried out in two separate and distinctive areas; one which only produces and export fresh organic pineapple and the other which exports dried fruits (mainly pineapple and papaya. About 10% of the farmers in the two study areas were surveyed using questionnaires which were further followed by semi-structured interviews and participatory rural appraisals activities with various types of farmers in order to understand the different decisions and strategies of farmers.82% and 74% of farmers in the two study areas grew fruits as it gave better economic returns and for 77% and 90% respectively in the two study areas, the reasons for growing fruit was the ease of selling compared to other crops. All the farmers were relying on coffee husk for growing organic pineapples. However, 50% of the farmers want to grow pineapples (either organic or conventional but couldn't afford to buy coffee husk. Fruit drying was mainly a strategy to utilize cheap fruits during harvesting seasons for value addition. 71% and 42% of farmers in the two study areas wanted to dry fruits but it was beyond their economic capacity to buy the driers.Decision of the farmers whether to grow fruits or cereals, organic or conventional agriculture and selling the fruits as fresh or dry were dependent mainly on the economic, knowledge and resource availability of each type of practices. It is concluded that the main barrier for an increase in the production of organic dried

  7. Evaluation of fruit leather made from two cultivars of papaya

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    Full Text Available Two papaya cultivars were used to manufacture fruit leather. The objective of this study was to formulate papaya leather from locally grown papaya using natural ingredients like pectin, honey and citric acid. The fresh fruits were pureed and mix with natural ingredients, and dried in an oven at 60°C for 12 hours. The physicochemical properties and antioxidant activity were determined.The results showed that fruit leather made from Hongkong cultivar is significantly (P<0.05 higher in sensory parameters as well as physicochemical properties and antioxidant activity. The phenolics content and antioxidant activity increased by process of drying the fruit leather compared to fresh fruits in both papaya cultivars. Therefore, the consumer requirements for healthy and safe food products were respected.

  8. Modelo sistêmico de ocorrência de ações coletivas: um estudo multicaso na comercialização de frutas, legumes e verduras Cooperation in marketing channels: a multicase study on fresh fruit and vegetable marketing

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    Andrea Lago da Silva

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available A cooperação desempenha um papel de grande relevância para a participação competitiva de indivíduos e empresas na atividade econômica, especialmente nas condições de um ambiente dinâmico e cercado de incertezas, como é o caso do setor de FLV. Assim, o principal objetivo dessa pesquisa foi elaborar um modelo sistêmico capaz de demonstrar as relações causais (interdependências entre as variáveis de ocorrência da cooperação. Com base na confrontação teoria-pesquisa empírica, foram analisados os relacionamentos interorganizacionais horizontais e verticais a partir da análise de dez estudos de caso realizados em cinco regiões brasileiras. A partir dessa análise, foi possível elaborar um modelo sistêmico que demonstrava a existência de relações causais entre as variáveis de ocorrências da cooperação. Sob o ponto de vista sistêmico, na medida em que as variáveis estão inter-relacionadas, interferências externas ou decisões dos agentes resultam em ajustes em todo o sistema. Assim, há uma importante oportunidade para ações de políticas públicas e estratégias privadas visando à utilização de sistemas de comercialização inovadores.Cooperation plays an important role in the competitive participation of individuals and firms in the economic activity, especially in dynamic and uncertain environments such as the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable (FFV market in Brazil. Therefore, the main objective of this research was to develop a systemic model able to demonstrate causal interdependencies between cooperation occurrence variables. The systemic model revealed several collective action occurrence variables as well their interdependencies, identified in the literature and in the empirical study. From a systemic point of view, depending on how they are interrelated, changes in the variables or in the agents behaviour can lead to adjustments in the system. Thus, since the variables are dynamic, external interferences or

  9. Unidades fototérmicas e temperatura-base inferior de frutos de Mangueira Alfa, na Baixada Cuiabana Photothermal units and lower base temperature for alfa mango fruit on the Baixada Cuiabana

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    Marcelo Paes de Barros

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi determinar a temperatura-base inferior (Tb a partir da unidade fototérmica (UF para o cultivo experimental de manga Alfa sob condições de cerrado. Foram utilizados dados diários da temperatura do ar disponibilizados pela Estação Agrometeorológica Padre Ricardo Remetter, localizada em Santo Antônio do Leverger-MT (15,8° S e 56,1° W, 140 m, e avaliação sensorial do estádio de maturação dos frutos de manga. A Tb foi determinada pelo método da menor variabilidade das unidades fototérmicas (UF acumuladas do período da floração à colheita dos frutos, variabilidade avaliada pelo coeficiente de variação (cv simulado para diferentes valores da Tb. De julho a novembro de 2007, em três plantas de um pomar demonstrativo irrigado, foram identificados 82 frutos para o acompanhamento do crescimento e maturação. Entre esses frutos, em meados de dezembro de 2007, foi possível identificar 13 frutos que atingiram a maturidade fisiológica, após um período médio de observação de 112 dias. Para exigência fototérmica de 1.878.166,1 UF, encontrou-se Tb de 10 °C, valor consistente com os apresentados na literatura para a cultivar de manga, o que comprova a eficiência do método que combina a ação da temperatura e do fotoperíodo sobre a maturação dos frutos e que confere um caráter mais racional que o método tradicional da soma térmica.In this study was to determine the lower base temperature (Tb for Alfa mango fruit, using the photothermal units (PTU method in cerrado conditions. The meteorological data for the study were acquired from "Padre Ricardo Remetter" meteorological station located at Santo Antonio do Leverger, MT, Brazil (15,8° S and 56,1° W, 140 m, and the fruit data was acquired by sensorial evaluation of mango fruit maturation state. The Tb was determined by less variability of the coefficient of variation (cv method applied to the PTU sum, from flowering to harvest, simulated for

  10. Irradiation of fresh fish

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    Yueh-jen, Yen; Jin-lai, Zhou; Shao-chun, Lai

    Occasionally, in China, marine products can not be provided for the markets in good quality, for during the time when they are being transported from the sea port to inland towns or even at the time when they are unloaded from the ship, they are beginning to spoil. Obviously, it is very important that appropiate measures should be taken to prevent them from decay. Our study has proved that the shelf life of fresh Flatfish (Cynoglossue robustus) and Silvery pomfret (stromateoides argenteus), which, packed in sealed containers, are irradiated by 1.5 kGy, 2.2 kGy and 3.0 kGy, can be stored for about 13-26 days at 3° - 5° C.

  11. World temperate fruit production: characteristics and challenges

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    Jorge B. Retamales

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available In the last 30 years world population has increased 70% but per capita global fruit consumption is only 20% higher. Even though tropical and temperate fruit have similar contributions to the 50 kg/person/year of US consumption of fresh fruit, in the last 30 years this has been slightly greater for temperate fruit. Within fruit consumption, the largest expansion has been for organic fruit which increased more than 50% in the 2002-2006 period. The largest expansion of area planted in the 1996-2006 has been for kiwi (29% and blueberries (20%, while apples (-24% and sour cherries (-13% have had the largest reductions. Nearly 50% of the total global volume of fruit is produced by 5 countries: China, USA, Brazil, Italy and Spain. The main producer (China accounts for 23% of the total. While the main exporters are Spain, USA and Italy, the main importers are Germany, Russia and UK. Demands for the industry have evolved towards quality, food safety and traceability. The industry faces higher productions costs (labor, energy, agrichemicals. The retailers are moving towards consolidation while the customers are changing preferences (food for health. In this context there is greater pressure on growers, processors and retailers. Emerging issues are labor supply, climate change, water availability and sustainability. Recent developments in precision agriculture, molecular biology, phenomics, crop modelling and post harvest physiology should increase yields and quality, and reduce costs for temperate fruit production around the world.

  12. Edible coating as carrier of antimicrobial agents to extend the shelf life of fresh-cut apples

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    Edible coatings with antimicrobial agents can extend shelf-life of fresh-cut fruits. The effect of lemongrass, oregano oil and vanillin incorporated in apple puree-alginate edible coatings, on shelf-life of fresh-cut 'Fuji' apples, was investigated. Coated apples were packed in air filled polypropyl...

  13. Microbial safety and overall quality of cantaloupe fresh-cut pieces prepared from whole cantaloupe after wet steam treatment

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    Fresh-cut cantaloupes have been associated with outbreaks of Salmonelosis disease and the minimally processed fresh-cut fruits have a limited shelf life because of deterioration caused by spoilage microflora and physiological processes. In this study, we evaluated the effect of minimal wet steam t...

  14. Ethanol vapor and saprophytic yeast treatments reduce decay and maintain quality of intact and fresh-cut cherries

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    The objective of this study was to evaluate the use of an ethanol vapor release pad and a saprophytic yeast (Cryptococcus infirmo-miniatum) to reduce decay and maintain postharvest quality of intact or fresh-cut sweet cherries (Prunus avium L.) cv. Lapins and Bing. Intact or fresh-cut fruit were pac...

  15. Food glowing with freshness

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    Desautels, L.

    1984-12-01

    Irradiation is gaining ground as a food preservation technique in Canada. Some fears remain among members of the public about the safety of irradiated foods, but government standards are being met. Two radiation sources can be used in food irradiation: gamma radiation from a cobalt 60 source, or electrons from an accelerator. The radiation affects the DNA of cells within food such as potatoes, preventing sprouting. It also causes changes within lipids, producing an undesirable rancid flavour. As a result, radiation processing is used primarily on fruits, vegetables, cereals and lean meats. The dose required for preservation is around 0.3 kGy, but higher doses are required for sterilization: 1 to 10 kGy, or even as high as 50 kGy for complete sterilization.

  16. 75 FR 34687 - Notice of Decision to Issue Permits for the Importation of Fresh False Coriander From Panama Into...

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    ... Fresh False Coriander From Panama Into the Continental United States AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health... issuing permits for the importation into the continental United States of fresh false coriander from... noxious weeds via the importation of fresh false coriander from Panama. EFFECTIVE DATE: June 18, 2010....

  17. Health-Promoting Components of Fruits and Vegetables in the Diet12

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    Liu, Rui Hai

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    Regular consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and other plant foods has been negatively correlated with the risk of the development of chronic diseases. There is a huge gap between the average consumption of fruits and vegetables in Americans and the amount recommended by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The key is to encourage consumers to increase the total amount to 9 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables in all forms available. Fresh, processed fruits and vegetables...

  18. Composition of European chestnut (Castanea sativa Mill.) and association with health effects: fresh and processed products.

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    De Vasconcelos, Maria C B M; Bennett, Richard N; Rosa, Eduardo A S; Ferreira-Cardoso, Jorge V

    2010-08-15

    Chestnut fruits are highly regarded and widely consumed throughout Europe, America and Asia. Various commercial forms are available, e.g. fresh and industrially processed. There have been various reviews on the composition of chestnut fruits but there has not been a comprehensive review of the different health benefits that this fruit can provide. This review is focused on the composition and associated health effects of European fresh chestnut (Castanea sativa Mill.) fruits and their home-processed and industrial products, e.g. boiled, roasted, frozen, and 'marron glacées'. We also expand the knowledge of chestnut uses by presenting data for other chestnut materials that have potential applications as new foods, as sources of antioxidants, and as sources of other useful bioactives. There is considerable literature data on nutrients in fresh chestnut fruits but less information on bioactive non-nutrients such as phenolics. Chestnuts are mostly consumed as processed forms, and the different types of processing clearly affect the nutrient and non-nutrient composition of the fruits. The benefits that this fruit can provide for human and animal health are numerous, but it is clear that improvements can be made for both production and quality of chestnut products, e.g. genetic selection and optimizing industrial processing.

  19. Effects of cutting and maturity on lycopene concentration of fresh-cut tomatoes during storage at different temperatures

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    Moreira Lana, M.; Dekker, M.; Linssen, R.F.A.; Kooten, van O.

    2005-01-01

    To investigate the changes in lycopene concentration of fresh-cut tomato during storage, tomato fruits at different stages of maturity were cut into 7 mm slices and stored at temperatures varying from 2°C to 16°C. To assess the effect of cutting, intact fruit were stored in an additional experiment

  20. Effects of cutting and maturity on lycopene concentration of fresh-cut tomatoes during storage at different temperatures

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    Moreira Lana, M.; Dekker, M.; Linssen, R.F.A.; Kooten, van O.

    2005-01-01

    To investigate the changes in lycopene concentration of fresh-cut tomato during storage, tomato fruits at different stages of maturity were cut into 7 mm slices and stored at temperatures varying from 2°C to 16°C. To assess the effect of cutting, intact fruit were stored in an additional experiment

  1. Serbia on the international fruit market

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    Đorović Milutin T.

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper contains a comparative analysis of some of the most important indicators of both global and domestic fruit market. It shows the results of a study on the volume, dynamics and the structure of production, as well as the trade of fruit at the global level, that is continents and some countries. It also defines leading producers, trends in the international trade, and leading exporters and importers of these products. Besides, it analyses the position of Serbia in the international fruit market based on the spectre of the aforementioned criteria. Subsequently, balances, structure and regional trends in Serbian foreign trade exchange of fresh and processed fruit has been analyzed. Additionally, attention has been focused on the requirements, possibilities, measures and development trends of domestic production and export of analyzed products. .

  2. Bird fruit preferences match the frequency of fruit colours in tropical Asia.

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    Duan, Qiong; Goodale, Eben; Quan, Rui-chang

    2014-07-17

    While many factors explain the colour of fleshy fruits, it is thought that black and red fruits are common in part because frugivorous birds prefer these colours. We examined this still controversial hypothesis at a tropical Asian field site, using artificial fruits, fresh fruits, four wild-caught resident frugivorous bird species, and hand-raised naïve birds from three of the same species. We demonstrate that all birds favored red artificial fruits more than yellow, blue, black and green, although the artificial black colour was found subsequently to be similar to the artificial blue colour in its spectral reflectance. Wild-caught birds preferred both black and red fleshy natural fruits, whereas hand-raised naïve birds preferred black to red natural fleshy fruits and to those of other colours. All birds avoided artificial and naturally ripe green fruits. The inter-individual variation in colour choice was low and the preferences were constant over time, supporting the hypothesis that bird colour preferences are a contributing factor driving fruit colour evolution in tropical Asia.

  3. Bird fruit preferences match the frequency of fruit colours in tropical Asia

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    Duan, Qiong; Goodale, Eben; Quan, Rui-chang

    2014-01-01

    While many factors explain the colour of fleshy fruits, it is thought that black and red fruits are common in part because frugivorous birds prefer these colours. We examined this still controversial hypothesis at a tropical Asian field site, using artificial fruits, fresh fruits, four wild-caught resident frugivorous bird species, and hand-raised naïve birds from three of the same species. We demonstrate that all birds favored red artificial fruits more than yellow, blue, black and green, although the artificial black colour was found subsequently to be similar to the artificial blue colour in its spectral reflectance. Wild-caught birds preferred both black and red fleshy natural fruits, whereas hand-raised naïve birds preferred black to red natural fleshy fruits and to those of other colours. All birds avoided artificial and naturally ripe green fruits. The inter-individual variation in colour choice was low and the preferences were constant over time, supporting the hypothesis that bird colour preferences are a contributing factor driving fruit colour evolution in tropical Asia. PMID:25033283

  4. Fruit dry matter concentration: a new quality metric for apples.

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    Palmer, John W; Harker, F Roger; Tustin, D Stuart; Johnston, Jason

    2010-12-01

    In the fresh apple market fruit must be crisp and juicy to attract buyers to purchase again. However, recent studies have shown that consumer acceptability could be further enhanced by improving taste. This study evaluates the use of fruit dry matter concentration (DMC) as a new fruit quality metric for apple. Fruit samples collected at harvest, in the two main fruit growing regions of New Zealand, showed a variation in mean fruit DMC from 130 to 156 g kg(-1) with 'Royal Gala' and with 'Scifresh' from 152 to 176 g kg(-1). Individual fruit DMC showed a larger range, from 108 to 189 g kg(-1) with 'Royal Gala' and from 125 to 201 g kg(-1) with 'Scifresh'. Fruit DMC proved a more reliable predictor of total soluble solids after 12 weeks of air storage at 0.5 °C than TSS at harvest for both 'Royal Gala' and 'Scifresh'. Fruit DMC was also positively related to flesh firmness, although this relationship was not as strong as that seen with soluble solids and was more dependent on cultivar. Consumer studies showed that consumer preference was positively related to fruit DMC of 'Royal Gala' apples. Fruit DMC can therefore be measured before or at harvest, and be used to predict the sensory potential for the fruit after storage. Copyright © 2010 Society of Chemical Industry.

  5. A Hybrid Fresh Apple Export Volume Forecasting Model Based on Time Series and Artificial Neural Network

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    Lihua Yang

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Export volume forecasting of fresh fruits is a complex task due to the large number of factors affecting the demand. In order to guide the fruit growers’ sales, decreasing the cultivating cost and increasing their incomes, a hybrid fresh apple export volume forecasting model is proposed. Using the actual data of fresh apple export volume, the Seasonal Decomposition (SD model of time series and Radial Basis Function (RBF model of artificial neural network are built. The predictive results are compared among the three forecasting model based on the criterion of Mean Absolute Percentage Error (MAPE. The result indicates that the proposed combined forecasting model is effective because it can improve the prediction accuracy of fresh apple export volumes.

  6. PRICE, QUALITY, AND PESTICIDE RELATED HEALTH RISK CONSIDERATIONS IN FRUIT AND VEGETABLE PURCHASES: AN HEDONIC ANALYSIS OF TUCSON, ARIZONA SUPERMARKETS

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    Estes, Edmund A.; Smith, V. Kerry

    1996-01-01

    National opinion polls indicate that pesticide residues on fresh fruits and vegetables remain an important concern of American consumers, despite a decade-long increase in per capita consumption levels for fresh fruits and vegetables. Increased availability of organically grown fruits and vegetables may change consumer produce purchase behavior which is often dominated by appearance considerations. Domestic consumers likely consider and tradeoff price, visual appearance, and health risk when ...

  7. The Effect Of Coating With Chitosan Of Some Degrees Of Concentration On Fruit Quality

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    Lince Romauli Panataria; Dharma Bakti; Elisa Julianti

    2015-01-01

    Strawberries are kind of fruit that easily go bad after they are harvested from the orchards. Thus it is needed good post-harvest handlings to retain the fresh quality of the fruits. One of the handlings is coating the fruits with chitosan. It is expected that this coating the fruits with chitosan can prolong the storage of the fruits after they are harvested. This occurs because chitosan can slow down the ripening process of the fruits wheile they are stored. Research has been done to derive...

  8. Detailed analyses of fresh and dried maqui (Aristotelia chilensis (Mol.) Stuntz) berries and juice.

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    Brauch, J E; Buchweitz, M; Schweiggert, R M; Carle, R

    2016-01-01

    In this study, a detailed chemical characterization of nutritionally-relevant, quality-determining constituents in dried and fresh fruits as well as juices of maqui (Aristotelia chilensis (Mol.) Stuntz) is provided. A total of 8 glycosylated anthocyanins was characterized in maqui fruits, being composed of differently substituted cyanidin and delphinidin derivatives. During processing into juice, a substantial loss in total anthocyanin contents (TAC) was observed. TAC values were also reduced after drying of maqui berries. Likewise, the browning index (BI) of fresh fruits increased during processing. Being composed of flavonol glycosides and ellagic acids, 17 non-anthocyanin phenolics were characterized in all maqui samples. Besides characterizing phenolic compounds, antioxidant activities, total phenolics, major sugars, non-volatile organic acids, minerals and trace elements were quantitated. Moreover, total lipid contents and the fruits' mainly unsaturated fatty acid profiles are reported. The presented results indicate the high potential of maqui as so far under-utilized but extremely pigment-rich "superfruit".

  9. Biosynthesis, accumulation and degradation of theobromine in developing Theobroma cacao fruits.

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    Zheng, Xin-Qiang; Koyama, Yoko; Nagai, Chifumi; Ashihara, Hiroshi

    2004-04-01

    We have studied the purine alkaloid content and purine metabolism in Theobroma cacao fruits at differing growth stages: Stage A (young small fruit, fresh weight, ca. 2 g); stage B (medium size fruit, fresh weight, ca. 100 g) and stage C (large size, fresh weight, ca. 500 g). The major purine alkaloid in stage A fruits (mainly pericarp) was theobromine (0.7 micromol g(-1) fresh weight), followed by caffeine (0.09 micromol g(-1) fresh weight). The theobromine content of the pericarp decreased sharply with tissue age, and the caffeine content decreased gradually. A large amount of theobromine (22 micromol g(-1) fresh weight) had accumulated in seeds (mainly cotyledons) of stage C fruits. Theobromine was found also in the seed coat and placenta. Tracer experiments with [8-(14)C]adenine show that the major sites of theobromine synthesis are the young pericarp and cotyledons of T. cacao fruits. Limited amounts of purine alkaloids may be transported from the pericarp to seed tissue, but most purine alkaloids that accumulated in seeds appeared to be synthesised in cotyledons. Degradation of [8-(14)C]theobromine and [8-(14)C]caffeine to CO2 via 3-methylxanthine and ureides (allantoin and allantoic acid) was detected only in the pericarp of stage C fruits.

  10. Farmers Market Brings Fresh Produce and Products from Local Vendors | Poster

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    By Carolynne Keenan, Guest Writer Every summer, you can shop for fresh fruits, veggies, flowers, honey, and plenty of other homemade goodies at the NCI at Frederick Farmers’ Market. Buying at the Farmers’ Market means you’re supporting a local farmer, crafter, or other type of vendor. The products are brought to you, so you don’t have to drive to get freshly picked produce and handmade products.

  11. Farmers Market Brings Fresh Produce and Products from Local Vendors | Poster

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    By Carolynne Keenan, Guest Writer Every summer, you can shop for fresh fruits, veggies, flowers, honey, and plenty of other homemade goodies at the NCI at Frederick Farmers’ Market. Buying at the Farmers’ Market means you’re supporting a local farmer, crafter, or other type of vendor. The products are brought to you, so you don’t have to drive to get freshly picked produce and handmade products.

  12. Forecasting Fruit Diameter of ‘Fuji’Apples (Malus pumila Mill )at Harvest During Early Growing Season

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    SONG Guo-qing; YU Ke-shun; LI Shao-hua; LIU Guo-jie; MENG Zhao-qing; ZHU Jun

    2002-01-01

    The fruit growth evolution on 35 tagged‘Fuji'apple trees was studied in three successive growing seasons from 1994 to 1996 to explore a new method for forecasting the fruit diameter at harvest during early growing season. Daily fruit growth rate (DFGR) (based on fruit diameter, fruit dry weight, fruit fresh weight, or fruit volume) during the early growing season, 30 - 50 d after full bloom (DAFB), or during midgrowing season (60 - 120 DAFB), displayed a strong positive linear correlation with the fruit diameter at harvest, and the correlation between the fruit diameter at harvest and DFGR during early and mid-growing season was much better than that between the fruit diameter at harvest and either fruit diameter at a given time or the relative growth rate during early or mid-growing season. The fruit diameters obtained in the field were compared with the mean fruit diameters estimated based on different criteria, such as DFGRs (based on fruit diameter, fruit dry weight, fruit fresh weight, or fruit volume) during early and mid-growing season, and fruit diameter at 120 DAFB. Results showed that daily growth rate of fruit diameter during 30 - 50 DAFB was the best criterion for forecasting fruit diameter at harvest. There was no significant difference in mean fruit diameter between the value measured in the field at harvest and that estimated based on the daily growth rate of fruit diameter during 30 - 50 DAFB (equations for forecasting: y = 153. 571 x + 73. 492) either for the individual trees or for different vigor groups of trees. Daily growth rate of fruit diameter during 30 - 50 DAFB can be used as the basis for forecasting fruit diameter at harvest.

  13. Prediction of optimal harvest date for processing tomato based on the accumulation of daily heat units over the fruit ripening period.

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    Author Affiliation: Universidade de Évora, Departamento de Fitotecnia, Mitra 7002-554 Évora, Portugal. Editors: No editors Document Title: Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology Abstract: For maximum yield of processing tomato by once-over mechanical harvesting, an optimum date for harvest has to be selected at the time when the factory-graded fruit yield is at its maximum. By recording the proportion of green, ripe (i.e. turning and red) and rotten (i.e. over-ripe a...

  14. Changes in Ascorbic Acid Content, Antioxidant Capacity and Sensory Quality of Fresh-cut Mangosteens During Storage

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    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available Fresh-cut mangosteens, stored in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP; 5% O2 + 9% CO2, in vacuum packaging (VAC and in air (AIR were examined for ascorbic acid content, antioxidant capacity and sensory quality during 14 days of storage at 4oC. After 4 days-storage, fresh-cut fruits with MAP resulted in better retention of ascorbic acid and antioxidant capacity than those stored in AIR throughout the storage. Furthermore, there were no significant differences in ascorbic acid contents between fruits stored in MAP and VAC, as well as antioxidant capacities, during the remaining period of storage. Fresh-cut fruits with MAP treatment obtained the highest sensory scores, compared with other treatments, throughout the entire period of storage. Fresh-cut mangosteens stored in MAP resulted in the best overall retention of ascorbic acid, antioxidant capacity and sensory quality.

  15. Advances in Study of the Effect of High Pressure on Quality and Microbes of Fresh-Cut Fruits and Vegetables%高压处理对鲜切果蔬品质与微生物影响的研究进展

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    张学杰; 叶志华

    2014-01-01

    提,也是保障鲜切果蔬高压产品品质与安全的有效措施。未来鲜切果蔬高压研究将面向数字化模拟高压对果蔬细胞结构的影响、高压下鲜切果蔬风味的控制、联合高压技术开发及适宜高压加工的鲜切果蔬原料品种的选择等。%This article reviewed the research proceeding on fresh cut fruits and vegetables processed by high pressure technology, which involved in the effect of high pressure on sensory quality, nutritional quality, antioxidant capability, enzymes, microorganisms and cell structure of fresh cut fruits and vegetables. The future research direction was also discussed. High pressure processing (HPP) is a non-thermal food processing method that subjects foods (liquid or solid) to pressures between 50 and 1 000 MPa. The suitable HPP can improve the taste of FCFV products, while higher pressure (>200 MPa) has an adverse effect on the sensory quality. The nutritional quality of FCFV products by HPP is affected by raw material and treatments, lower pressure can increase the antioxidant capability, compared to the adverse effect by the higher pressure. Most enzymes related to quality of FCFV products are steady at lower pressure and even some enzymes were activated at some pressures, enzyme activities are decreased significantly when pressure increased over 400 MPa and some enzymes are inactivated especially by>600 MPa. The degree of inactivation of micro-organisms depends on different factors: micro-organism type, amount of pressure, treatment temperature and time, etc., the inactivation of micro-organisms are observed at HPP, while there will exist a high risk if the micro-organisms are not inactivate completely by HPP, even FCFV products are stored at 4℃. The pressure<300 MPa can not inactivate micro-organisms in FCFV products completely, although it also depends on raw materials and the original populations of micro-organisms. HPP faced challenges against the control of safety of FCFV

  16. Avocado fruit protoplasts: a cellular model system for ripening studies.

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    Percival, F W; Cass, L G; Bozak, K R; Christoffersen, R E

    1991-12-01

    Mesocarp protoplasts were isolated from mature avocado fruits (Persea americana cv. Hass) at varying stages of propylene-induced ripening. Qualitative changes in the pattern of radiolabel incorporation into polypeptides were observed in cells derived from fruit at the different stages. Many of these differences correlate with those observed during radiolabeling of polypeptides from fresh tissue slices prepared from unripe and ripe fruit. Protoplasts isolated from fruit treated with propylene for one day or more were shown to synthesize cellulase (endo-ß-1,4-glucanase) antigen, similar to the intact propylene-treated fruit. These results suggest that the isolated protoplasts retain at least some biochemical characteristics of the parent tissue. The cells may also be used in transient gene expression assays. Protoplasts isolated from preclimacteric and climacteric fruit were equally competent in expressing a chimeric test gene, composed of the CaMV 35S RNA promoter fused to the bacterial chloramphenicol acetyltransferase gene, which was introduced by electroporation.

  17. Effect of liberibacter infection (huanglongbing disease) of citrus on orange fruit physiology and fruit/fruit juice quality: chemical and physical analyses.

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    Baldwin, Elizabeth; Plotto, Anne; Manthey, John; McCollum, Greg; Bai, Jinhe; Irey, Mike; Cameron, Randall; Luzio, Gary

    2010-01-27

    More than 90% of oranges in Florida are processed, and since Huanglongbing (HLB) disease has been rumored to affect fruit flavor, chemical and physical analyses were conducted on fruit and juice from healthy (Las -) and diseased (Las +) trees on three juice processing varieties over two seasons, and in some cases several harvests. Fruit, both asymptomatic and symptomatic for the disease, were used, and fresh squeezed and processed/pasteurized juices were evaluated. Fruit and juice characteristics measured included color, size, solids, acids, sugars, aroma volatiles, ascorbic acid, secondary metabolites, pectin, pectin-demethylating enzymes, and juice cloud. Results showed that asymptomatic fruit from symptomatic trees were similar to healthy fruit for many of the quality factors measured, but that juice from asymptomatic and especially symptomatic fruits were often higher in the bitter compounds limonin and nomilin. However, values were generally below reported taste threshold levels, and only symptomatic fruit seemed likely to cause flavor problems. There was variation due to harvest date, which was often greater than that due to disease. It is likely that the detrimental flavor attributes of symptomatic fruit (which often drop off the tree) will be largely diluted in commercial juice blends that include juice from fruit of several varieties, locations, and seasons.

  18. Polyphenols and Volatiles in Fruits of Two Sour Cherry Cultivars, Some Berry Fruits and Their Jams

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports about the content of polyphenols and volatiles in fresh fruits of two sour cherry cultivars (Marasca and Oblačinska, some berry fruits (strawberry Maya, raspberry Willamette and wild blueberry and the corresponding low sugar jams. Phenolic compounds (hydroxybenzoic and hydroxycinnamic acids, flavan 3-ols and flavonols were determined by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC. Those found in the fruits were also found in the jams. Jams contained lower amounts of polyphenols than fresh fuits, but their overall retention in jams was relatively high. Among fruits, sour cherry Marasca had the highest level of polyphenols, while sour cherry Marasca jam and raspberry Willamette jam had the highest level of polyphenols among jams. The major flavonoid in all investigated fruits, except in sour cherry Oblačinska, was (–-epicatechin. Sour cherry Marasca had the highest level of (–-epicatechin (95.75 mg/kg, and it also contained very high amounts of flavonols, derivatives of quercetin and kaempferol. Hydroxybenzoic acids (HBAs were not found in sour cherries Marasca and Oblačinska, but were found in berry fruits and jams. Phenolic compound (+-gallocatechin was found only in Marasca fruit and jam. Ellagic acid was found in the highest concentration in raspberry Willamette fruit and jam. Hydroxycinnamic acids (HCAs were found in all the investigated fruits, with the exception of a derivative of ferulic acid, which was not found in strawberry. Derivatives of caffeic, p-coumaric and chlorogenic acids were found in all the investigated fruits, with chlorogenic acid being the most abundant, especially in sour cherry Marasca. Volatiles were determined by gas chromatography (GC and expressed as the peak area of the identified compounds. All investigated volatiles of fresh fruit were also determined in the related jams with relatively high retention. Sour cherries Marasca and Oblačinska contained the same volatile compounds, but

  19. Post harvest ripening of oil palm fruit is accelerated by application of exogenous ethylene

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    Full Text Available Experiments were conducted with fresh fully mature fruit bunches of Tenera variety oil-palm. Palm fruit bunches were exposed to 0, 250, 500 or 1000 mlL-1 ethylene for 24 hours. Each fruit bunch was evaluated in three separate sections: the bottom, the middle, and the top. The exogenous ethylene treatments significantly hastened palm fruit ripening, quantified by an increase in the fruit peel coloring that turns from black to reddish orange. Ethylene treatments also significantly eased detaching the fruit, by reducing the tension force required. Total oil contents of fruit increased with 1000 mlL-1 ethylene treatment. Free fatty acids (FFA in untreated palm fruit, especially in the bottom section, were at their highest levels 2 days after harvest, and the FFA levels were lowered by ethylene treatments. In summary, exogenous ethylene fumigation accelerated the ripening of oil palm fruit, increased oil yield, and decreased the FFA levels.

  20. Effect of Nitrogen on Apple Fruit Development in Different Loads

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    PENG Fu-tian; JIANG Yuan-mao; GU Man-ru; SHU Huai-rui

    2002-01-01

    The experiments including soil application N, thinning and priming leaf treatment, using eight -year-old apple trees (M. domestica Borkh. cv. Red Fuji/M. hupenensis Rhed) as materials were carried out to study the effect of N on fruit development. The main results were as follows: on heavily thinned trees, SS activity was independent of N and priming leaves treatments. The results show that the carbohydrate restriction of source to sink activity did not exist, and N application did not stimulate fruit growth rates relative to those on nonfertilized trees; however, N fertilization resulted in a longer fruit development period and increased the growth potential of individual fruit by 20.8% (fresh weight) and 14.1% (dry weight) vs. controls; in unthinned trees, SS activity was increased by N fertilization but decreased by priming leaves treatment, so the carbohydrate restriction of source to sink activity existed, N fertilization increased the average single fruit weight both by extending the fruit development period and by increasing fruit growth rate, and the increasing rates were 28.2% (fresh weight) and 19.4 % (dry weight) compared to the unthinned nonfertilized controls. Fruit soluble sugar and pericarp anthocyanin concentration was decreased by N fertilization.

  1. 基于PLC的洁净手术室净化空调新风机组自动控制的设计与实现%Design and implementation of automatic control for clean operating department clean air-conditioning fresh air units based on PLC

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    孙可; 刘杰; 王晨

    2011-01-01

    净化空调系统由新风机组、循环机组和送风管道组成,新风机组的作用是为手术室提供新风,并将室外新风进行初步净化及热湿处理后送入循环机组,经新风机组处理的新风和手术室回风在循环机组中再进行过滤及热湿处理后送入手术室.笔者成功设计了某市医院洁净手术室净化空调自动控制系统,并实现该系统的稳定运行.目前该项目设计的自动控制系统先已投入使用,运行效果良好,达到了设计的所有指标,取得了用户的认可.控制系统采用西门子S7-200系列PLC作为控制器,与上位机通过PROFIBUS现场总线技术实现通信.PLC是连接上位机与现场传感器、执行器等的桥梁,向上将底层传感器、变送器采集的温湿度、压差等信号上传至上位机,向下将上位机的控制信号传达给现场执行器.文章重点介绍了洁净手术室净化空调自动控制系统新风机组的组成及实时监控的实现.%Air cleaner system consists of fresh air handling unit, cycle unit and air pipe. The fresh air handling unit is to provide fresh air for the operating room, purify fundamentally the air from outside and send it to the cycle unit after hydrothermal process. The air processed through the fresh air handling unit, and the air in the operating room is going to be filtered again in the cycle unit and send it back to the operating room after another hydrothermal process. This paper succeeded in designing the automatic control system of air cleaner in the Da Shiqiao Central Hospital, and accomplished the stable operation of the system. SIMENS S7 - 200 series of PLC is the controller, corresponded with upper computer through PROFIBUS Fieldbus Technology. PLC is the bridge linking the upper computer, field sensor and actuator, which uploads the temperature, humidity and pressure differential collected by the sensor and trasmitter froth the lower-layer to the upper computer, and meanwhile transmits

  2. Bacterial contamination of cucumber fruit through adhesion.

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    Reina, Laura D; Fleming, Henry P; Breidt, Frederick

    2002-12-01

    In this study, the adhesion of bacteria to fresh cucumber surfaces in aqueous suspension was shown to be dependent on time of incubation, inoculum species and concentration, and temperature. The adhesion of bacteria to the fruit in wash water was less extensive at lower temperatures and shorter exposure times. Various species of bacteria were adsorbed to cucumber surfaces in the following relative order: Salmonella Typhimurium > Staphylococcus aureus > Lactobacillus plantarum > Listeria monocytogenes. Cells were adsorbed at all temperatures tested (5, 15, 25, and 35 degrees C) at levels that depended on incubation time, but the numbers of cells adsorbed were larger at higher incubation temperatures. Levels of adhesion of bacteria to dewaxed fruit were higher for L. monocytogenes and lower for Salmonella Typhimurium, L. plantarum, and S. aureus than were levels of adhesion to waxed fruit.

  3. Application of Kubelka - Munk analysis to the study of translucency in fresh-cut tomato

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    Lana, M.M.; Hogenkamp, M.; Koehorst, R.B.M.

    2006-01-01

    In order to assess the development of translucency in fresh-cut tomato (Lycopersicum esculentum cv. Belissimo) during refrigerated storage, two experiments were conducted. In the first one, tomato slices obtained from fruits at breaker and at red stage were stored at 5 ± 0.5 °C and monitored at regu

  4. Surface treatments and coatings to maintain fresh cut mango quality in storage

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    Edible coatings prevent moisture loss and may decrease gas exchange, thereby retaining moisture and flavor of fresh-cut fruit. Previous experiments showed that carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) with added maltodextrin maintained visual quality of stored mango slices also treated with calcium ascorbate an...

  5. Application of Kubelka - Munk analysis to the study of translucency in fresh-cut tomato

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    Lana, M.M.; Hogenkamp, M.; Koehorst, R.B.M.

    2006-01-01

    In order to assess the development of translucency in fresh-cut tomato (Lycopersicum esculentum cv. Belissimo) during refrigerated storage, two experiments were conducted. In the first one, tomato slices obtained from fruits at breaker and at red stage were stored at 5 ± 0.5 °C and monitored at regu

  6. Effects of cutting and maturity on lycopene concentration of fresh-cut tomatoes during storage at different temperatures

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    Moreira Lana, M.; Dekker, M.; Linssen, R.F.A.; Kooten, van, G.C.

    2005-01-01

    To investigate the changes in lycopene concentration of fresh-cut tomato during storage, tomato fruits at different stages of maturity were cut into 7 mm slices and stored at temperatures varying from 2°C to 16°C. To assess the effect of cutting, intact fruit were stored in an additional experiment at 5°C. Cutting did not change the accumulation of lycopene in fruit stored at 5°C, compared to intact fruit. The lycopene concentration of the tomato slices stored at different temperatures showed...

  7. 78 FR 61322 - Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Fresh...

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    2013-10-03

    ... Collection; Importation of Fresh Baby Kiwi From Chile AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service... with the regulations for the importation of fresh baby kiwi from Chile into the continental United... coming. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the importation of fresh baby kiwi from...

  8. 76 FR 54487 - Fresh Garlic From China; Institution of a Five-Year Review Concerning the Antidumping Duty Order...

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    ... COMMISSION Fresh Garlic From China; Institution of a Five-Year Review Concerning the Antidumping Duty Order on Fresh Garlic From China AGENCY: United States International Trade Commission. ACTION: Notice... antidumping duty order on fresh garlic from China would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence...

  9. 77 FR 38583 - Fresh Garlic From the People's Republic of China: Notice of Court Decision Not in Harmony With...

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    ... International Trade Administration Fresh Garlic From the People's Republic of China: Notice of Court Decision... fresh garlic from the People's Republic of China (PRC) covering the period of review of November 1, 2007.... Coalition v. United States, 626 F.3d 1374 (Fed. Cir. 2010) (Diamond Sawblades). \\6\\ See Fresh Garlic...

  10. Mycoflora and production of wine from fruits of soursop (Annona Muricata L.

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    Raphael N Okigbo

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Raphael N Okigbo1, Omokaro Obire21Department of Botany, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria; 2Department of Applied and Environmental Biology, Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, NigeriaAbstract: An investigation was conducted on the mycoflora associated with the different parts of fresh and rotten fruits of soursop (Annona muricata L. and the potential of using both indigenous yeast flora and commercial yeast extract for wine production. Isolation of fungi and pathogenicity test were carried out with Sabouraud dextrose agar. Mycoflora were more in the rotten fruits than in the fresh fruits. Botryodiplodia theobromae was isolated only from the rotten fruits (skin while Trichoderma viride was isolated only from the fresh fruits. Penicillium sp., was the most dominant in all the fruit part of fresh soursop fruit with Rhizopus stolonifer having the highest percentage occurrence (36.39% in the rotten fruit. Most of the isolated fungi indicated occurrence of such common airborne fungi on soursop fruits and the potential to induce rot in fresh healthy fruits of soursop in storage. Soursop juice was fermented for 10 days and wine was obtained. There was a significant difference (P < 0.05 in the alcoholic content of the wines obtained from the indigenous and commercial yeasts. The wine obtained from the pasteurized, ameliorated soursop juice inoculated with propagated indigenous yeast yielded the highest alcoholic content. Based on the level of the nutritional composition of soursop juice, the ability to support yeast growth, the high alcoholic content and palatability of the wine, the Annona muricata is good source for wine production and single-cell protein.Keywords: fermentation, fruit yeast, fungi, incidence, rot

  11. 7 CFR 319.56-10 - Importation of fruits and vegetables from Canada.

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    ... 7 Agriculture 5 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Importation of fruits and vegetables from Canada. 319... Vegetables § 319.56-10 Importation of fruits and vegetables from Canada. (a) General permit for fruits and vegetables grown in Canada. Fruits and vegetables grown in Canada and offered for entry into the United...

  12. Microbiology of organic and conventionally grown fresh produce

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    Daniele F. Maffei

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Fresh produce is a generalized term for a group of farm-produced crops, including fruits and vegetables. Organic agriculture has been on the rise and attracting the attention of the food production sector, since it uses eco-agricultural principles that are ostensibly environmentally-friendly and provides products potentially free from the residues of agrochemicals. Organic farming practices such as the use of animal manure can however increase the risk of contamination by enteric pathogenic microorganisms and may consequently pose health risks. A number of scientific studies conducted in different countries have compared the microbiological quality of produce samples from organic and conventional production and results are contradictory. While some have reported greater microbial counts in fresh produce from organic production, other studies do not. This manuscript provides a brief review of the current knowledge and summarizes data on the occurrence of pathogenic microorganisms in vegetables from organic production.

  13. Studies on the nitrate reductase activities of the fruit and the source leaf in pepper

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    Achhireddy, N.R.; Beevers, L.; Fletcher, J.S.

    1983-12-01

    Nitrate reductase (NR) activity (NO/sub 2//sup -/ produced in the dark and under anaerobic conditions) of 30-day-old fruit of Capsicum annuum L. was 2.2% that in tissues of a single leaf adjacent to each fruit (33 vs. 1500 nmoles/hr-g fresh weight). The optimal NR activity in one source leaf could only account for about 17% of the fruit's total nitrogen accumulation, while the fruit's own NR activity was almost negligible. Covered and uncovered fruits did not differ significantly in NR activities. 19 references, 1 figure, 1 table.

  14. Pepper Weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) Preferences for Specific Pepper Cultivars, Plant Parts, Fruit Colors, Fruit Sizes, and Timing.

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    Seal, Dakshina R; Martin, Cliff G

    2016-03-04

    Peppers (Capsicum spp.) are an important crop in the USA, with about 32,000 ha cultivated in 2007, which resulted in $588 million in farm revenue. The pepper weevil, Anthonomus eugenii Cano (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), is the most troublesome insect pest of peppers in the southern United States. It is therefore urgent to find different vulnerabilities of pepper cultivars, fruit and plants parts, fruit colors and sizes, and timing to infestation by A. eugenii. Also relevant is testing whether fruit length and infestation state affect fruit numbers, weights, and proportions of fruit that are infested. Counts of A. eugenii adults and marks from oviposition and feeding suggested that C. chinense Jacquin "Habanero" was least susceptible, and C. annuum L. cultivars "SY" and "SR" were most susceptible. Comparison of plant parts and fruit sizes revealed that A. eugenii preferred the peduncle, calyx, and top of pepper fruits over the middle, bottom, leaves, or remainder of flowers. Anthonomus eugenii does not discriminate between green or yellow fruit color nor vary diurnally in numbers. Based on adult counts, medium to extra-large fruits (≥1.5 cm long) attracted more weevils than small fruits (eugenii by reduced susceptibility or by synchronous fruit drop of infested fruits. Our results are potentially helpful in developing scouting programs including paying particular attention to the preferred locations of adults and their sites of feeding and oviposition on the fruit. The results also suggested the potential value of spraying when the fruits are still immature to prevent and control infestation.

  15. The surface properties of biopolymer-coated fruit: A review

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    Diana Cristina Moncayo Martinez

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Environmental conservation concerns have led to research and development regarding biodegradable materials from biopolymers, leading to new formulations for edible films and coatings for preserving the quality of fresh fruit and vegetables. Determining fruit skin surface properties for a given coating solution has led to predicting coating efficiency. Wetting was studied by considering spreading, adhesion and cohesion and measuring the contact angle, thus optimising the coating formulation in terms of biopolymer, plasticiser, surfactant, antimicrobial and antioxidant concentration. This work reviews the equations for determining fruit surface properties by using polar and dispersive interaction calculations and by determining the contact angle.

  16. Chlorophenoxyacetic acid and chloropyridylphenylurea accelerate translocation of photoassimilates to parthenocarpic and seeded fruits of muskmelon (Cucumis melo).

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    Li, Xin-Xian; Kobayashi, Fumiyuki; Ikeura, Hiromi; Hayata, Yasuyoshi

    2011-06-15

    We compared the effect of p-chlorophenoxyacetic acid (p-CPA) and 1-(2-chloro-4-pyridyl)-3-phenylurea (CPPU) on parthenocarpic and seeded muskmelon (Cucumis melo) fruits in regards to fruit development and the transport of photoassimilates from leaves exposed to ¹⁴CO₂ to the developing fruits. Ten days after anthesis (DAA), the fresh weight, total ¹⁴C-radioactivity and contents of ¹⁴C-sucrose and ¹⁴C-fructose were higher in the CPPU-induced parthenocarpic fruits than in seeded fruits. However, at 35 DAA, fresh weight and sucrose content in mesocarp, placenta and empty seeds of the parthenocarpic fruits were lower than in seeded fruits. Also, total ¹⁴C-radioactivity and ¹⁴C-sugar content of the parthenocarpic fruits were lower as well as the translocation rate of ¹⁴C-photoassimilates into these fruits. Application of p-CPA to the parthenocarpic fruits at 10 and 25 DAA increased fresh weight and sugar content. Moreover, these treatments elevated the total ¹⁴C-radioactivity, ¹⁴C-sucrose content and the translocation rate of ¹⁴C-photoassimilates. The ¹⁴C-radioactivity along the translocation pathway from leaf to petiole, stem, lateral shoot and peduncle showed a declining pattern but dramatically increased again in the fruits. These results suggest that the fruit's sink strength was regulated by the seed and enhanced by the application of p-CPA.

  17. Diet quality is positively associated with 100% fruit juice consumption in children and adults in the United States: NHANES 2003-2006

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    Zanovec Michael

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background One hundred percent fruit juice (100% FJ has been viewed by some as a sweetened beverage with concerns about its effect on weight. Little regard has been given to the contribution of 100% FJ to diet quality. Methods In this study data from the 2003-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey were used to examine the association of 100% FJ consumption with diet quality in participants 2-5 years of age (y (n = 1665, 6-12 y (n = 2446, 13-18 y (n = 3139, and 19+y (n = 8861. Two 24-hour dietary recalls were used to determine usual intake using the National Cancer Institute method. Usual intake, standard errors, and regression analyses (juice independent variable and Healthy Eating Index-2005 [HEI-2005] components were dependent variables, using appropriate covariates, were determined using sample weights. Results The percentage of participants 2-5 y, 6-12 y, 13-18 y, and 19+y that consumed 100% FJ was 71%, 57%, 45%, and 62%, respectively. Usual intake of 100% FJ (ounce [oz]/day among the four age groups was: 5.8 ± 0.6, 2.6 ± 0.4, 3.7 ± 0.4, and 2.4 ± 0.2 for those in age groups 2-5 y, 6-12 y, 13-18 y, and 19+y, respectively. Consumption of 100% FJ was associated with higher energy intake in 6-12 y, 13-18 y, and 19+y; and higher total, saturated, and discretionary fats in 13-18 y participants. Consumption of 100% FJ was associated with higher total HEI-2005 scores in all age groups ( Conclusions Usual intake of 100% FJ consumption exceeded MyPyramid recommendations for children 2-5 y, but was associated with better diet quality in all age groups and should be encouraged in moderation as part of a healthy diet.

  18. Apple Puree-Alginate Edible Coating as Carrier of Antimicrobial Agents to Prolong Shelf-Life of Fresh-Cut Apples

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    Edible coatings with antimicrobial agents can extend the shelf-life of fresh-cut fruit. The effect of lemongrass, oregano oil and vanillin incorporated in apple puree-alginate edible coatings, on the shelf-life of fresh-cut Fuji apples, was investigated. Coated apples were packed in air-filled pol...

  19. Evaluation of potential of gamma radiation as a conservation treatment for blackberry fruits

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    M. M. Oliveira; J. Pereira; Cabo Verde, S.; Lima,M.G.; Pinto, P; Oliveira, P.B.; Junqueira, C.; Marcos, H.; De Silva, T.; Melo, R; Santos, C. N.; Botelho, M.L.

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Blackberries consumption has been associated with health benefits. However, these fruits present a short shelf-life. Thus, food irradiation is a potential alternative technology for conservation of these fruits without use of chemicals. OBJECTIVE: Analyse the potentiality of gamma radiation as a decontamination method for blackberry fruits. METHODS: Fresh packed blackberries were irradiated in a Co-60 source at two doses (1.0 and 1.5 kGy). Bioburden, physical and rheological, sens...

  20. [Star fruit as a cause of acute kidney injury].

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    Scaranello, Karilla Lany; Alvares, Valeria Regina de Cristo; Carneiro, Daniely Maria Queiroz; Barros, Flávio Henrique Soares; Gentil, Thais Marques Sanches; Thomaz, Myriam José; Pereira, Benedito Jorge; Pereira, Mariana Batista; Leme, Graziella Malzoni; Diz, Mary Carla Esteves; Laranja, Sandra Maria Rodrigues

    2014-01-01

    The star fruit belongs to the family Oxalidacea, species Averrhoa carambola. It is rich in minerals, vitamin A, C, B complex vitamins and oxalic acid. Recent studies show that the toxicity of the fruit differs between the patients and may be explained by single biological responses, age, and the intake quantity of the neurotoxin in each fruit in addition to glomerular filtration rate given by each patient. Additionally, the nephrotoxicity caused by the fruit is dose-dependent and may lead to the deposition of crystals of calcium oxalate intratubular, as well as by direct injury to the renal tubular epithelium, leading to apoptosis of the same. We report the case of a patient who after ingestion of the juice and fresh fruit, developed acute renal failure requiring dialysis, evolving with favourable outcome and recovery of renal function.

  1. 21 CFR 101.95 - “Fresh,” “freshly frozen,” “fresh frozen,” “frozen fresh.”

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 2 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false âFresh,â âfreshly frozen,â âfresh frozen,â âfrozen... fresh,” when used on the label or in labeling of a food, mean that the food was quickly frozen while still fresh (i.e., the food had been recently harvested when frozen). Blanching of the food...

  2. Erwinia tracheiphila colonization of cantaloupe fruits through flower inoculation

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    Cantaloupe (Cucumis melo var. cantalupensis) is a nutritious fresh fruit. Bacterial wilt, caused by Erwinia tracheiphila, is the most devastating cantaloupe disease globally. The pathogen is transmitted in nature by xylem-feeding spotted and striped cucumber beetles; other modes of infection have ...

  3. Analysis of the South African fruit logistics infrastructure

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    Van Dyk, FE

    2004-10-01

    Full Text Available background on the SA fresh fruit industry and its export supply chain are provided. This is followed by a description of the four project phases and their deliverables. The paper is concluded with the key findings of the study....

  4. Characterisation of the flavour of fresh bell peppers (Capsicum annuum) and its changes after hot-air drying; and instrumental and sensory evaluation.

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    Luning, P.A.

    1995-01-01

    Fruits of Capsicum annuum and C. frutescens are commonly used in the diet because of their typical colour, pungency, taste. and distinct aroma. The fruits are eaten fresh or processed, as unripe (green) or ripe (e.g., red, yellow, orange, white) peppers. In the last decade. attention is shifting tow

  5. Characterisation of the flavour of fresh bell peppers (Capsicum annuum) and its changes after hot-air drying : an instrumental and sensory evaluation

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    Luning, P.A.

    1995-01-01

    Fruits of Capsicum annuum and C. frutescens are commonly used in the diet because of their typical colour, pungency, taste. and distinct aroma. The fruits are eaten fresh or processed, as unripe (green) or ripe (e.g., red, yellow, orange, white) pep

  6. Survival and growth parameters of Escherichia coli 0157:H7, Salmonella Spp. and Listeria monocytogenes on cantaloupe fresh-cut pieces during storage

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    For health reasons, people are consuming fresh-cut fruits with or without minimal processing, thereby, exposing themselves to the risk of foodborne illness if such fruits are contaminated with bacteria pathogens. Cantaloupe rind surfaces were inoculated with a three cocktails of Escherichia coli O15...

  7. Radiation preservation of foods of plant origin. Part VI. Mushrooms, tomatoes, minor fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, and nuts

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    Thomas, P.

    1988-01-01

    In this concluding article in the series on the technological feasibility of ionizing radiation treatment for shelf life improvement of fruits and vegetables, the present status of research on several commodities that have not been dealt with earlier is discussed. The commodities include mushrooms, tomatoes, pineapples, lychees, longans, rambutans, mangostenes, guavas, sapotas, loquats, ber, soursops, passion fruits, persimmons, figs, melons, cucumbers, aubergines, globe artichokes, endives, lettuce, ginger, carrots, beet roots, turnips, olives, dates, chestnuts, almonds, pistachios, and other dried fruits and nuts. Changes induced by irradiation on metabolism, chemical constituents, and organoleptic qualities are considered while evaluating the shelf life. The commodities have been grouped into those showing potential benefits and those not showing any clear advantages from radiation treatment. Shelf life improvement of mushrooms and insect disinfestation in dried fruits, nuts, and certain fresh fruits appears to have immediate potential for commercial application. 194 references.

  8. Determination of the fruit content of apricot and strawberry jams and spreads and apricot and peach fruit preparations by gravimetric quantification of hemicellulose.

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    Kurz, Christina; Münz, Melanie; Schieber, Andreas; Carle, Reinhold

    2008-07-15

    An innovative method developed for fruit content determination based on the quantification of hemicellulose was applied to apricot and peach fruit preparations, apricot and strawberry jams and spreads. For this purpose, the hemicellulose fraction was isolated from the alcohol-insoluble residue from peaches, apricots, and strawberries, yielding the amount of the respective fresh fruit per gram hemicellulose. Fruit preparations from peaches with 34.4%, 47.2% and 66.4% fruit content were produced using pectin and carrageenan, xanthan or starch, respectively, as hydrocolloids. Jams from apricots and strawberries were prepared with pectin. Fruit contents of apricot jams were 34.1% and 48.2%, and 36.6% and 46.4% in strawberry jams, respectively. Furthermore, a range of commercial apricot spreads and jams and one strawberry spread as well as apricot and peach fruit preparations were examined. The fruit content was calculated based on the amount of hemicellulose. Calculated fruit contents were in good agreement with the respective product specifications (e.g. 62.6% vs. 66.4%, 35.2% vs. 34.1%, 67.5% vs. 70.0% and 54.0% vs. 53.7%, respectively) with deviations ranging between 0.3% and 4.2%. Maximal deviation was found only in the case of a self-made peach fruit preparation (40.9% vs. 34.4%), where interference of added hydrocolloids and fruit ingredients probably resulted in significant overestimation of the fruit content. Although sample preparation needed to be adapted to different fruit matrices, this novel method proved to be suitable for the determination of fruit contents of fruit preparations, spreads and jams. For the first time, this method was successfully applied to industrially manufactured fruit products without knowledge of fruit specification and the complex recipes of jams, spreads, and fruit preparations, respectively. Copyright © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Effect of Freeze-Drying on the Antioxidant Compounds and Antioxidant Activity of Selected Tropical Fruits

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    Muhammad Redzuan Hairuddin

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available The effects of freeze-drying on antioxidant compounds and antioxidant activity of five tropical fruits, namely starfruit (Averrhoa carambola L., mango (Mangifera indica L., papaya (Carica papaya L., muskmelon (Cucumis melo L., and watermelon Citruluss lanatus (Thunb. were investigated. Significant (p < 0.05 differences, for the amounts of total phenolic compounds (TPC, were found between the fresh and freeze-dried fruit samples, except muskmelon. There was no significant (p > 0.05 change, however, observed in the ascorbic acid content of the fresh and freeze-dried fruits. Similarly, freeze-drying did not exert any considerable effect on β-carotene concentration of fruits, except for mango and watermelon, where significantly (p < 0.05 higher levels were detected in the fresh samples. The results of DPPH (2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl radical scavenging and reducing power assays revealed that fresh samples of starfruit and mango had relatively higher antioxidant activity. In case of linoleic acid peroxidation inhibition measurement, a significant (p < 0.05 but random variation was recorded between the fresh and freeze-dried fruits. Overall, in comparison to β-carotene and ascorbic acid, a good correlation was established between the result of TPC and antioxidant assays, indicating that phenolics might have been the dominant compounds contributing towards the antioxidant activity of the fruits tested.

  10. Effects of Fe deficiency chlorosis on yield and fruit quality in peach (Prunus persica L. Batsch).

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    Alvarez-Fernández, Ana; Paniagua, Pilar; Abadía, Javier; Abadía, Anunciación

    2003-09-10

    The effects of iron (Fe) deficiency on fruit yield and quality were measured in two peach cultivars, Carson (yellow-skin fruit) and Babygold (red-skin fruit). In both cultivars, Fe deficiency caused major decreases in fruit fresh weight per tree and number of fruits per tree. Fruits from Fe-deficient peach trees had a smaller size, resulting in a large decrease in the percentage of commercially acceptable fruits, whereas fruit firmness was unaffected. In cv. Babygold, Fe deficiency greatly decreased the red color of the fruit skin. Part of these results was likely associated with a delay in fruit ripening. When fruits with similar appearance were compared, taking into account fruit size, color, and firmness, Fe deficiency generally led to higher concentrations of organic anions (especially succinate and quinate), vitamin C, and phenolic compounds and to lower total sugar/total organic acid ratios. This could lead to decreased fruit eating quality and to a slight improvement in fruit nutritional value.

  11. Dried fruits quality assessment by hyperspectral imaging

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    Serranti, Silvia; Gargiulo, Aldo; Bonifazi, Giuseppe

    2012-05-01

    Dried fruits products present different market values according to their quality. Such a quality is usually quantified in terms of freshness of the products, as well as presence of contaminants (pieces of shell, husk, and small stones), defects, mould and decays. The combination of these parameters, in terms of relative presence, represent a fundamental set of attributes conditioning dried fruits humans-senses-detectable-attributes (visual appearance, organolectic properties, etc.) and their overall quality in terms of marketable products. Sorting-selection strategies exist but sometimes they fail when a higher degree of detection is required especially if addressed to discriminate between dried fruits of relatively small dimensions and when aiming to perform an "early detection" of pathogen agents responsible of future moulds and decays development. Surface characteristics of dried fruits can be investigated by hyperspectral imaging (HSI). In this paper, specific and "ad hoc" applications addressed to propose quality detection logics, adopting a hyperspectral imaging (HSI) based approach, are described, compared and critically evaluated. Reflectance spectra of selected dried fruits (hazelnuts) of different quality and characterized by the presence of different contaminants and defects have been acquired by a laboratory device equipped with two HSI systems working in two different spectral ranges: visible-near infrared field (400-1000 nm) and near infrared field (1000-1700 nm). The spectra have been processed and results evaluated adopting both a simple and fast wavelength band ratio approach and a more sophisticated classification logic based on principal component (PCA) analysis.

  12. Processamento mínimo, atmosfera modificada, produtos químicos e resfriamento no controle da podridão basal pós-colheita em frutos do coqueiro anão verde Minimal processing, modified atmosphere, chemical products and cooling to control post-harvest basal rot of fresh green coconut fruits (Cocos nucifera

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    Francisco Marto Pinto Viana

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available O trabalho teve o objetivo de investigar, isolada e integradamente, o efeito do corte polar do coco verde, a atmosfera modificada, e a associação de produtos químicos, sob condições de câmara frigorífica no controle da podridão basal pós-colheita causada por Lasiodiplodia theobromae. Frutos provenientes de áreas infestadas foram cortados transversalmente, removendo-se as brácteas e, em seguida, foram submetidos aos tratamentos com ceras e fungicidas. Após o tratamento, esses frutos foram embalados em caixas de papelão e transferidos para a câmara frigorífica à ±12º C por 30 ou 35 dias, de acordo com o ensaio. As avaliações foram realizadas a cada dois dias. A exclusão do fungo por meio do corte do mesocarpo na região das brácteas do coco verde foi eficiente no controle da doença, e a proteção com a cera EF-1 foi excelente protetor contra o dano pelo frio e fungos deteriorantes nos frutos cortados. Também, verificou-se que a associação corte basal do fruto + emulsão de cera + fungicida foi uma excelente alternativa de conservação e controle da doença em estudo.Fruits of coconut (Cocos nucifera cultivated in Brazil for coconut milk consumption are highly susceptible to attack by the fungus Lasiodiplodia theobromae. Infection occurs still in the field as the pathogen remains quiescent in the plant. This study was undertaken to test several processing methods in order to avoid fruit deterioration. Fruits collected from a plantation with a record of severe disease outbreaks were cut at the basal region and treated with emulsions prepared from palm wax, alone and with fungicides. Fruits were cut 1.5 cm deep from the insertion point by using a cut machine developed for this task. fruits were placed in a paper box, and kept in a cool chamber at +12ºC for 30 to 35 days, depending upon the treatment. Evaluations were carried out every 2 days. The cutting process successfully eliminated the fungus from the fruit tissues

  13. 78 FR 6834 - Fresh Tomatoes From Mexico; Revised Schedule for the Subject Review

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    ... COMMISSION Fresh Tomatoes From Mexico; Revised Schedule for the Subject Review AGENCY: United States... by contacting the Commission's TDD terminal on 202-205-1810. Persons with mobility impairments who... concerning the suspended antidumping duty investigation on fresh tomatoes from Mexico (77 FR 71629,...

  14. Current status of tropical fruit breeding and genetics for three tropical fruit species cultivated in Japan: pineapple, mango, and papaya

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    Ogata, Tatsushi; Yamanaka, Shinsuke; Shoda, Moriyuki; Urasaki, Naoya; Yamamoto, Toshiya

    2016-01-01

    Tropical fruit crops are predominantly produced in tropical and subtropical developing countries, but some are now grown in southern Japan. Pineapple (Ananas comosus), mango (Mangifera indica) and papaya (Carica papaya) are major tropical fruits cultivated in Japan. Modern, well-organized breeding systems have not yet been developed for most tropical fruit species. Most parts of Japan are in the temperate climate zone, but some southern areas such as the Ryukyu Islands, which stretch from Kyushu to Taiwan, are at the northern limits for tropical fruit production without artificial heating. In this review, we describe the current status of tropical fruit breeding, genetics, genomics, and biotechnology of three main tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, and papaya) that are cultivated and consumed in Japan. More than ten new elite cultivars of pineapple have been released with improved fruit quality and suitability for consumption as fresh fruit. New challenges and perspectives for obtaining high fruit quality are discussed in the context of breeding programs for pineapple. PMID:27069392

  15. PRODUCTIVITY, FRUIT PHYSICOCHEMICAL QUALITY AND DISTINCTIVENESS OF PASSION FRUIT POPULATIONS

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    NATAN RAMOS CAVALCANTE

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT The productivity and physicochemical quality evaluation is important, as it identifies superior populations. However, launching products requires following the descriptors according to DHE test instructions. Thus, this study aimed to evaluate three passion fruit populations with high productivity and physicochemical quality characteristics for commercial launch. The experiment was conducted at the State University of Mato Grosso experimental area, located in the municipality of Tangará da Serra, MT. The experimental design was complete randomized block design with four replicates and ten plants per plot. The physicochemical characteristics were submitted to analysis of variance and compared by the Tukey test. For the distinctiveness test, 25 descriptors were evaluated, where quantitative data have been converted into multicategoric data to obtain the dissimilarity matrix. From the dissimilarity matrix, groups were formed using the Tocher and UPGMA methods, Livestock and Supply Department. The highest productivity and number of fruits were verified for BRS Rubi Cerrado cultivar and UNEMAT S10 population. Populations and cultivars presented physicochemical characteristics that meet the required quality for both fresh consumption and industry use. Based on the distinction test among genotype, it was observed that the descriptors were effective for population differentiation. UNEMAT S10 population has characteristics that distinguish it from other cultivars and populations evaluated, and presents high agronomic performance; therefore, it can be launched as a commercial cultivar.

  16. Effect of Ozone and Calcium Lactate Treaments on Browning and Textured Properties of Fresh-Cut Lettuce.

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    Rico, Daniel; Martin-Diana, Ana Belen; Henehan, Gary; Frias, Jesus Maria; Barat, J.; Barry-Ryan, Catherine

    2007-01-01

    The preservation of quality of fresh products is relevant for the industry due to its economic impact. This paper presents a comprehensive review of the use of different sources of calcium to preserve fresh fruits and vegetables in order to extend the shelf life and enhance the nutritional value. Emphasis is on discussing about the best sources of calcium, concentration, temperature and method of application, suitability of the commodities; and some hints for the cost/benefit analysis are pre...

  17. Pepper Weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae Preferences for Specific Pepper Cultivars, Plant Parts, Fruit Colors, Fruit Sizes, and Timing

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    Dakshina R. Seal

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Peppers (Capsicum spp. are an important crop in the USA, with about 32,000 ha cultivated in 2007, which resulted in $588 million in farm revenue. The pepper weevil, Anthonomus eugenii Cano (Coleoptera: Curculionidae, is the most troublesome insect pest of peppers in the southern United States. It is therefore urgent to find different vulnerabilities of pepper cultivars, fruit and plants parts, fruit colors and sizes, and timing to infestation by A. eugenii. Also relevant is testing whether fruit length and infestation state affect fruit numbers, weights, and proportions of fruit that are infested. Counts of A. eugenii adults and marks from oviposition and feeding suggested that C. chinense Jacquin “Habanero” was least susceptible, and C. annuum L. cultivars “SY” and “SR” were most susceptible. Comparison of plant parts and fruit sizes revealed that A. eugenii preferred the peduncle, calyx, and top of pepper fruits over the middle, bottom, leaves, or remainder of flowers. Anthonomus eugenii does not discriminate between green or yellow fruit color nor vary diurnally in numbers. Based on adult counts, medium to extra-large fruits (≥1.5 cm long attracted more weevils than small fruits (<1.5 cm. However based on proportions of fruit numbers or fruit weights that were infested, there were no differences between large and small fruits. Choice of pepper cultivar can thus be an important part of an IPM cultural control program designed to combat A. eugenii by reduced susceptibility or by synchronous fruit drop of infested fruits. Our results are potentially helpful in developing scouting programs including paying particular attention to the preferred locations of adults and their sites of feeding and oviposition on the fruit. The results also suggested the potential value of spraying when the fruits are still immature to prevent and control infestation.

  18. Antihypertensive potential of the aqueous extract which combine leaf of Persea americana Mill. (Lauraceae), stems and leaf of Cymbopogon citratus (D.C) Stapf. (Poaceae), fruits of Citrus medical L. (Rutaceae) as well as honey in ethanol and sucrose experimental model

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    Dzeufiet, Paul Désiré Djomeni; Mogueo, Amélie; Bilanda, Danielle Claude; Aboubakar, Bibi-Farouck Oumarou; Tédong, Léonard; Dimo, Théophile; Kamtchouing, Pierre

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    The present study was designed to evaluate the effects of the aqueous extract obtained from the mixture of fresh leaf of Persea americana, stems and fresh leaf of Cymbopogon citratus, fruits of Citrus...

  19. Heterogeneity of farms entering export supply chains: the case of fruit growers from central-south Chile

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    J. A. Barrena Ruiz; L. A. Nahuelhual Muñoz; A. Engler Palma; R. Echeverría Pezoa; G. Cofré Bravo

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    The increasing stringency of world food markets requires farmers to adjust farm structure and commercial strategies to remain integrated in export supply chains. The goal of this study was to identify and characterize different types of fresh fruit farms with regard to farm structural and commercial strategies for a representative sample of fresh fruit growers from central-south Chile exporting to world markets. A typology of farms was constructed based on multivariate analysis, according to ...

  20. Fresh perspectives for a better world

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    While it’s no surprise that technology has the ability to change the world, it sometimes changes it in surprising ways. The Citizen Cyberscience Centre project is promoting change for humanitarian causes through distributed volunteer initiatives, such as volunteer computing and ‘volunteer thinking’. The inaugural lecture of a planned series was held at CERN in late October. The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the University of Geneva (UNIGE), and CERN have recently set up a new partnership and launched a lecture series, which will invite experts in the humanities and technologies to share fresh perspectives on ways to work for a better world. The inaugural lecture at CERN was given by two speakers, Mo Ibrahim and Alpheus Bingham, each of them behind initiatives using technology to address difficult problems. Mo Ibrahim founded Celtel International, one of Africa’s most successful mobile network operators. Ibrahim’s company has ...

  1. Uptake of {sup 137}Cs by fresh water fish

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    Man, C.K.; Kwok, Y.H

    2000-02-01

    The uptake and discharge rates of {sup 137}Cs by fresh water fish at different radionuclide concentrations have been studied. A dual compartment model was used to fit the experimental data. The discharge rates have been found to be negligible for the duration of the experiment of 10 days. The uptake rates were independent of radionuclide concentrations for a particular type of fresh water fish and were different for different types of fish. The uptake rates of carp, tilapia and snakehead were 1.58, 1.66 and 2.23, in unit of 10{sup -6} h{sup -1}, respectively. It was also estimated that the consumption of fresh water fish, even if the water were contaminated as much as that in the Chernobyl accident, leads to negligible latent cancer fatality to the Hong Kong population.

  2. Effect of freeze-drying on the antioxidant compounds and antioxidant activity of selected tropical fruits.

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    Shofian, Norshahida Mohamad; Hamid, Azizah Abdul; Osman, Azizah; Saari, Nazamid; Anwar, Farooq; Dek, Mohd Sabri Pak; Hairuddin, Muhammad Redzuan

    2011-01-01

    The effects of freeze-drying on antioxidant compounds and antioxidant activity of five tropical fruits, namely starfruit (Averrhoa carambola L.), mango (Mangifera indica L.), papaya (Carica papaya L.), muskmelon (Cucumis melo L.), and watermelon Citruluss lanatus (Thunb.) were investigated. Significant (p 0.05) change, however, observed in the ascorbic acid content of the fresh and freeze-dried fruits. Similarly, freeze-drying did not exert any considerable effect on β-carotene concentration of fruits, except for mango and watermelon, where significantly (p inhibition measurement, a significant (p < 0.05) but random variation was recorded between the fresh and freeze-dried fruits. Overall, in comparison to β-carotene and ascorbic acid, a good correlation was established between the result of TPC and antioxidant assays, indicating that phenolics might have been the dominant compounds contributing towards the antioxidant activity of the fruits tested.

  3. Salmonella surveillance on fresh produce in retail in Turkey.

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    Gunel, Elif; Polat Kilic, Gozde; Bulut, Ece; Durul, Bora; Acar, Sinem; Alpas, Hami; Soyer, Yeşim

    2015-04-16

    Although Turkey is one of the major producers of fruits and vegetables in the world, there has been no information available on the prevalence of pathogens in fresh produce. To fill this gap, we collected 503 fresh produce samples including tomato, parsley, iceberg lettuce, green-leaf lettuce and five different fresh pepper varieties (i.e., green, kapya, bell, mazamort and Charleston) from 3 major districts within 9 supermarkets and 3 bazaars in Ankara, Turkey to investigate the presence of Salmonella. Salmonella was detected in 0.8% (4/503) of samples by conventional culturing method with molecular confirmation conducted through polymerase chain reaction (PCR). For further characterization of isolates, serotyping, antimicrobial susceptibility testing, multi-locus sequence typing (MLST; aroC, thrA, purE, sucA, hisD, hemD and dnaN) and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) were performed. Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica serotypes Anatum, Charity, Enteritidis and Mikawasima were isolated from two parsley, one pepper and one lettuce samples, respectively. MLST resulted in 4 sequence types (STs) for each serotype, including one novel ST for serotype Mikawasima. Similarly, PFGE revealed four different XbaI PFGE patterns. The results of this survey, obtained by the most common subtyping methods (i.e. serotyping, MLST and PFGE) worldwide, contributes to the development of a national database in Turkey, which is essential for investigating the evolutionary pathways, geographical distribution and genetic diversity of Salmonella strains.

  4. Effect of gamma irradiation on microbiological, chemical, and sensory properties of fresh ashitaba and kale juices

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    Jo, Cheorun; Ahn, Dong Uk; Lee, Kyung Haeng

    2012-08-01

    Due to the popularity of health effects upon intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, the demand for fresh vegetables and fruit juices has rapidly increased. However, currently, washing is the only procedure for reducing contaminated microorganisms, which obviously limits the shelf-life of fresh vegetable juice (less than 3 days). In this study, we examined the effects of irradiation on the microbiological, chemical and sensory properties of ashitaba and kale juices for industrial application and possible shelf-life extension. Freshly made ashitaba and kale juices already had 2.3×105 and 9.5×104 CFU/mL, respectively. Irradiation of 5 kGy induced higher than 2 decimal reductions in the microbial level, which was consistently maintained during storage for 7 days under refrigerated conditions. Total content of ascorbic acid in vegetable juice decreased upon irradiation in a dose-dependent manner. However, the content of flavonoids did not change, whereas that of polyphenols increased upon irradiation. In sensory evaluation, the ashitaba and kale juices without irradiation (control) scored lower than the irradiated samples after 1 and 3 days, respectively. This study confirms that irradiation is an effective method for sterilizing fresh vegetable juice without compromising sensory property, which cannot be subjected to heat pasteurization due to changes in the bioactivities of the products.

  5. Folate content in fresh-cut vegetable packed products by 96-well microtiter plate microbiological assay.

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    Fajardo, Violeta; Alonso-Aperte, Elena; Varela-Moreiras, Gregorio

    2015-02-15

    Ready-to-eat foods have nowadays become a significant portion of the diet. Accordingly, nutritional composition of these food categories should be well-known, in particular its folate content. However, there is a broad lack of folate data in food composition tables and databases. A total of 21 fresh-cut vegetable and fruit packed products were analysed for total folate (TF) content using a validated method that relies on the folate-dependent growth of chloramphenicol-resistant Lactobacillus casei subspecies rhamnosus (NCIMB 10463). Mean TF content ranged from 10.0 to 140.9μg/100g for the different matrices on a fresh weight basis. Higher TF quantity, 140.9-70.1μg/100g, was found in spinach, rocket, watercress, chard and broccoli. Significant differences were observed between available data for fresh vegetables and fruits from food composition tables or databases and the analysed results for fresh-cut packed products. Supplied data support the potential of folate-rich fresh-cut ready-to-eat vegetables to increase folate intake significantly. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Anaphylaxis and generalized urticaria from eating Chinese bayberry fruit

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    Hui-ying WANG; Zhong-shan GAO; Zhao-wei YANG; Jing-xin SHAO; Xiu-zhen ZHAO; Yu DAI; Ronald VAN REE

    2012-01-01

    Chinese bayberry Myrica rubra is a very popular fruit in southeastern China.In spite of its wide consumption,no allergies to this fruit have been reported previously.Here we report on a 40-year-old woman suffering from anaphylaxis to Chinese bayberry fruit.Prick-prick skin tests revealed strong reactions to fresh Chinese bayberry fruits as well as to peach,and weaker reactions to some other fruits including apple,melon,and banana.ImmunoCAP analysis revealed identical titers of specific IgE (4.3 kUA/L) to peach extract and its lipid transfer protein (LTP,rPru p 3),which was confirmed by detection of a 9 kD band following immunoblotting.Immunoblot analysis with Chinese bayberry extract gave bands of 22,45,and 90 kD,but no 9 kD band was recognized.There was also no evidence of LTP recognition for Ioquat (36 kD) or melon (24 kD).This first report of a severe allergic reaction to Chinese bayberry fruit in a patient with LTP-mediated peach allergy indicates that other as yet unidentified non-pollen related fruit allergens are involved in this new severe fruit allergy.

  7. Seasonality of nutrients in leaves and fruits of apple trees

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    Nachtigall Gilmar Ribeiro

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available The nutrient accumulation curves of apple trees are good indicators of plant nutrient demand for each developmental stage. They are also a useful tool to evaluate orchard nutritional status and to estimate the amount of soil nutrient removal. This research aimed at evaluating the seasonality of nutrients in commercial apple orchards during the agricultural years of 1999, 2000, and 2001. Therefore, apple tree leaves and fruits of three cultivars 'Gala', 'Golden Delicious' and 'Fuji' were weekly collected and evaluated for fresh and dry matter, fruit diameter and macronutrient (N, P, K, Ca and Mg and micronutrient (B, Cu, Fe, Mn, and Zn concentrations. Leaf and fruit sampling started one or two weeks after full bloom, depending on the cultivar, and ended at fruit harvest or four weeks later (in the case of leaf sampling. In general, leaf concentrations of N, P, K, Cu, and B decreased; Ca increased; and Mg, Fe, Mn, and Zn did vary significantly along the plant vegetative cycle. In fruits, the initial nutrient concentrations decreased quickly, undergoing slow and continuous decreases and then remaining almost constant until the end of fruit maturation, indicating nutrient dilution, once the total nutrient accumulation increased gradually with fruit growth. Potassium was the nutrient present in highest quantities in apple tree fruits and thus, the most removed from the soil.

  8. Proteomic analysis of ripening tomato fruit infected by Botrytis cinerea.

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    Shah, Punit; Powell, Ann L T; Orlando, Ron; Bergmann, Carl; Gutierrez-Sanchez, Gerardo

    2012-04-06

    Botrytis cinerea, a model necrotrophic fungal pathogen that causes gray mold as it infects different organs on more than 200 plant species, is a significant contributor to postharvest rot in fresh fruit and vegetables, including tomatoes. By describing host and pathogen proteomes simultaneously in infected tissues, the plant proteins that provide resistance and allow susceptibility and the pathogen proteins that promote colonization and facilitate quiescence can be identified. This study characterizes fruit and fungal proteins solubilized in the B. cinerea-tomato interaction using shotgun proteomics. Mature green, red ripe wild type and ripening inhibited (rin) mutant tomato fruit were infected with B. cinerea B05.10, and the fruit and fungal proteomes were identified concurrently 3 days postinfection. One hundred eighty-six tomato proteins were identified in common among red ripe and red ripe-equivalent ripening inhibited (rin) mutant tomato fruit infected by B. cinerea. However, the limited infections by B. cinerea of mature green wild type fruit resulted in 25 and 33% fewer defense-related tomato proteins than in red and rin fruit, respectively. In contrast, the ripening stage of genotype of the fruit infected did not affect the secreted proteomes of B. cinerea. The composition of the collected proteins populations and the putative functions of the identified proteins argue for their role in plant-pathogen interactions.

  9. Optimization of EC Values of Nutrient Solution for Tomato Fruits Quality in Hydroponics System Using Artificial Neural Network and Genetic Algorithms

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    Herry Suhardiyanto

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Total soluble solids (TSS and fruit fresh weight are two indicators to show the quality of tomato fruits. To gain high values of TSS and fruit fresh weight, it is important to consider the concentration of nutrient solution, which is commonly represented by Electrical Conductivity (EC value. Generally, the increasing of EC value not only increases the number of TSS, but also decreases fruit fresh weight. Therefore, it is important to optimize the EC value for both indicators of quality of tomato fruits. The objective of this research is to optimize the EC value of nutrient solution on each generative stage using Artificial Neural Network (ANN and Genetic Algorithms (GA. ANN was used to identify the relationship between different EC value treatments with TSS value and fruit fresh weight. GA was applied to determine the optimal EC value in generative growth, which is divided into three stages. Results showed that the optimal EC values in the flowering stage, the fruiting stage and the harvesting stage were 1.4 mS/cm, 10.2 mS/cm and 9.7 mS/cm, respectively. Using these values, a tomato fruit could be estimated with TSS value of 7.9% and fruit fresh weight of 51.34 g.

  10. Physicochemical changes in fresh-cut wax apple (Syzygium samarangenese [Blume] Merrill & L.M. Perry) during storage.

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    Supapvanich, Suriyan; Pimsaga, Jirapon; Srisujan, Panneewan

    2011-08-01

    Physicochemical changes, such as peel and flesh colours, total anthocyanin content, browning index, firmness, total soluble solid (TSS), titratable acidity (TA), sugar acid ratio (TSS/TA), antioxidant capacity, total phenolic content and ascorbic acid content, in fresh-cut Taaptimjan wax apple fruit stored at 4±2°C and 12±2°C for 7days were investigated. The skin of fresh-cut fruit stored at 4±2°C showed higher a(∗) value, chroma and total anthocyanin content and lower hue angle than those stored at 12±2°C. Lightness (L(∗) value) and whiteness index of the fresh-cut fruit flesh stored at 12±2°C showed significantly lower than those stored at 4±2°C which related to an significant increase in browning index. Firmness, total soluble solid, titratable acidity and sugar acid ratio did not significant changes during storage. Antioxidant capacity and total phenolic content increased throughout storage. Ascorbic acid content of the fresh-cut fruit stored at 4±2°C remained constant throughout storage whilst ascorbic content at 12±2°C decreased and was lower than that at 4±2°C. At 4±2°C antioxidant capacity and ascorbic acid content were higher than that stored at 12±2°C whilst there was no significant difference in total phenolic content. In conclusion, the reduction of whiteness index and the increase in browning index of fresh-cut wax apple flesh were the key factors affecting its quality and storage at 4±2°C could reduce the change in the flesh colour and maintained the peel colour and nutritional values of fresh-cut wax apple fruit during storage. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Efficacy of alkaline washing for the decontamination of orange fruit surfaces inoculated with Escherichia coli.

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    Pao, S; Davis, C L; Kelsey, D F

    2000-07-01

    The effectiveness of washing treatments to decontaminate orange fruit surfaces inoculated with Escherichia coli was evaluated. Washing on roller brushes with fruit cleaners or sanitizers followed by potable water rinse reduced E. coli by 1.9 to 3.5 log cycles. Prewetting fruit for 30 s before washing provided no significant benefit in most cases. Additional sanitizing treatments either with chlorine or acid sanitizers did not enhance the results of alkaline washing. In general, high pH washing solutions (pH 11.8) applied with an adequate spray volume effectively reduced the surface contamination of fruit that lowered the microbial load of fresh juice as well.

  12. [Fruit consumption in a group of teenagers from Iaşi].

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    Albul, Adriana; Rada, Cornelia; Albu, M; Indrei, L L

    2009-01-01

    A goal for the national nutritional education program is represented by the increase of fruit consumption. Using specially designed questionaries a group of 127 teenagers from two different Iaşi high schools provided date related to thei daily fruit intake. Almost 40% of the teenagers use fresh fruits as part of their breakfast and a greater number use them as snacks (57.5%) or dessert (80.5%), with statistically insignificant differences between the two high schools. The fruit intake is adequate in the studied group and the programs that promote certain food habits must take into account the existing situation.

  13. PRICE TRANSMISSION IN SELECTED MALAYSIAN FRUITS MARKETS

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    Fatimah Mohamed Arshad

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The market for fresh produce such as fruits in Malaysia is alleged to be inefficient due to poor flow of information between market levels and uncompetitive market particularly at the wholesale and retail levels. Due to these structural problems, pricing efficiency is questionable, in that they are not integrated. This study intends to examine the cointegration and causality relationships between the farm and retail prices in the Malaysian market of fruits. To that end, the bivariate cointegration approach, using Granger causality tests, is applied. The study uses monthly data from January 2000 through December 2010. The results show that there is evidence of long run bidirectional causal relationship between farm and retail prices for banana and watermelon. However, the analysis revealed a long run unidirectional relationship from farm prices to retail prices with no evidence of reverse or feedback causality running from farm price to retail prices for jackfruit and durian.

  14. [Growth and development of fruit and seed of Panax quinquefolium].

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    Dai, Xiaolei; Li, Xian'en; Guo, Qiaosheng

    2012-08-01

    To understand the embryo after-ripening phenomenon of Panax quinquefolium, the growth and development process of fruit and seed was investigated in this study. The growth and development characteristics of fruit and seed were obtained by field observation, the morphological changes were measured with a vernier caliper, paraffin section was used as well. The plant reached the most flowering numbers in 5-8 d after initial blooming time and the lag phase of embryo occurred in about 70 d. The size, fresh and dry weight of fruit and seed were all reached maximum in fruit maturation period. As the result showed, the development of seed was stopped at torpedo form of embryos, this conclusion can be applied to explore the morphological after-ripening mechanism of P. quinquefolium seed.

  15. Modelling the South African fruit export infrastructure: A case study

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    FG Ortmann

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available A description is provided of work performed as part of the fruit logistics infrastructure project commissioned by the South African Deciduous Fruit Producers’ Trust and coordinated by the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, as described in [Van Dyk FE & Maspero E, 2004, An analysis of the South African fruit logistics infrastructure, ORiON, 20(1, pp. 55–72]. After a brief introduction to the problem, two models (a single-commodity graph theoretic model and a multi-commodity mathematical programming model are derived for determining the maximal weekly flow or throughput of fresh fruit through the South African national export infrastructure. These models are solved for two extreme seasonal export scenarios and the solutions show that no export infrastructure expansion is required in the near future - observed bottlenecks are not fundamental to the infrastructure and its capacities, but are rather due to sub-optimal management and utilisation of the existing infrastructure.

  16. Fresh inflation with increasing cosmological parameter

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    Bellini, M

    2003-01-01

    I study a fresh inflationary model with an increasing F-cosmological parameter. The model provides sufficiently e-folds to solve the flatness/horizon problem and the density fluctuations agree with experimental values. The temperature increases during fresh inflation and reach its maximum value when inflation ends. I find that entropy perturbations always remain below $10^{-4}$ during fresh inflation and become negligible when fresh inflation ends. Hence, the adiabatic fluctuations dominate the primordial spectrum at the end of fresh inflation.

  17. Kid-Friendly Veggies and Fruits: 10 Tips for Making Healthy Food Choices More Fun for Children

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    ... be popular in the warm months. Just put fresh fruits such as melon chunks in canned, and even ... crust. Have tomato sauce, low-fat cheese, and cut-up vegetables or fruits for toppings. Let kids choose their own favorites. ...

  18. U.S. Fruit and Vegetable Processing Industries.

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    Buckley, Katharine C.; And Others

    Because of shifts in consumer tastes and preferences, demographics, technology, government regulation, and the expanding interdependence of world markets, the United States fruit and vegetable processing industries must operate in a constantly changing and uncertain economic environment. U.S. per capita use of processed fruits and vegetables is…

  19. Effect of methyl jasmonate pre-treatment on quality and antioxidant activity of fresh-cut pitaya fruit%茉莉酸甲酯预处理对鲜切火龙果品质和抗氧化活性的影响

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    李晓安; 韩聪; 高梵; 龙清红; 金鹏; 郑永华

    2015-01-01

    目的:研究茉莉酸甲酯(MeJA)预处理对鲜切火龙果在10℃,4 d贮藏期间品质和抗氧化活性的影响。方法完整火龙果先用浓度分别为0、1、10和100μmol/L 的MeJA熏蒸,再进行鲜切处理,测定其贮藏期间的品质和理化指标。结果100μmol/L的MeJA熏蒸处理能最显著地诱导鲜切火龙果贮藏期间总酚、总黄酮等次级代谢产物的积累,提高鲜切火龙果贮藏期间DPPH自由基清除能力。MeJA预处理能有效地促进鲜切火龙果贮藏期间超氧化物歧化酶(SOD)、过氧化氢酶(CAT)和谷胱甘肽还原酶(GR)等抗氧化酶活性的提高。同时, MeJA预处理抑制了可滴定酸(TA)含量的下降,对可溶性固形物(TSS)、维生素C含量无不良影响。结论100μmol/L的MeJA预处理能较好地保持鲜切火龙果的品质,并有效地提高其抗氧化能力,最终提高鲜切火龙果的营养品质。%Objective To investigate the effects of methyl jasmonate (MeJA) pre-treatment on food quality and antioxidant activity in fresh-cut pitaya (Hylocereus undatus) during storage at 10℃ for up to 4 days. Methods Whole pitaya was pre-treated with 0, 1, 10, and 100μmol/L of MeJA, then was cut into pie-cuts, and its quality and physicochemical indexes during storage were measured.Results MeJA 100μmol/L pre-treatment had the most significant inducement effect on the accumulation of the secondary metabolites such as total phenolics and total flavonoids, and significantly enhanced 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical scavenging capacity of fresh-cut pitaya during storage. MeJA pre-treatment could significantly promote the increase of antioxidant enzymes activities such as SOD, CAT and GR. Meanwhile, this pre-treatment inhibited the decrease of titratable acid, and had no bad effect on the total soluble solid and vitamin C. Conclusion The MeJA 100μmol/L pre-treatment has a promising application prospect in food quality maintenance of fresh-cut pitaya and markedly

  20. Home food environment factors associated with the presence of fruit and vegetables at dinner: A direct observational study.

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    Trofholz, Amanda C; Tate, Allan D; Draxten, Michelle L; Neumark-Sztainer, Dianne; Berge, Jerica M

    2016-01-01

    Little research exists about the factors influencing the foods available at family meals. This study examines the home food environment factors contributing to the presence of fruit and vegetables at family meals. Home food inventory (HFI) and survey data were collected from low-income, minority families (n = 120) with children 6-12 years old. Observations from video-recorded family dinner meals, totaling 800 videos, were used to measure the frequency at which fruit and vegetables were served. Multiple regression was used to investigate how the fruit and vegetables in the HFI and other home food environment factors were related to the number of days fruit and vegetables were served at dinner during the observation period. Availability and accessibility of fruit and vegetables in the home were each found to be significantly associated with the presence of fruits and vegetables at family dinners. Of the fruit and vegetable categories (i.e., fresh, canned, or frozen), having fresh fruit and vegetables available in the home was found to be most strongly associated with serving fruit and vegetables at dinner, respectively. Higher parent intake of vegetables was associated with the presence of vegetables at dinners, and parent meal planning was associated with the presence of fruit at dinners. Increasing the availability and accessibility of fresh fruit and vegetables in the home may be an effective approach to increasing the presence of fruits and vegetables at family dinners, especially among low-income, minority households. It is also essential to understand why families are not using all fruits and vegetables (e.g., canned and frozen) available in the home for family meals. Family meals are a place to promote the increased presence of both fruit and vegetables. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Produtividade e acúmulo de nitrato nos frutos de abobrinha em função da adubação nitrogenada Zucchini yield and nitrate accumulation in fruits as a function of the nitrogen fertilization

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    Full Text Available Apesar da importância da abobrinha em termos comerciais e alimentícios, poucos estudos têm sido realizados em relação à adubação nitrogenada da cultura. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a produtividade e o acúmulo de nitrato nos frutos da abobrinha (cv. Caserta em função da adubação nitrogenada. O experimento foi desenvolvido no delineamento de blocos casualizados, com cinco doses de (0; 50; 100; 200 e 400 kg ha-1, com quatro repetições. Foram avaliados: número de frutos por planta, massa média de frutos, produtividade da cultura e acúmulo de nitrato nos frutos. Todas as características avaliadas foram significativamente influenciadas (pDespite Zucchini nutritional and commercial importance, few studies have been carried out with the nitrogen fertilization of the culture. The objective of this research was to evaluate the zucchini yield (cv. Caserta and nitrate accumulation in the fruits as a function of the nitrogen fertilization. The experiment was set in a randomized block design with five rates of mineral N (0; 50; 100; 200 and 400 kg ha-1, with four replications. The number of fruits per plant, average fruit mass, fruit yield and nitrate accumulation in the fruits were significantly affected (p<0.01 by N rates. The maximum number of fruits per plant (7.7 units, mean fruit weight (240 g fruit-1 and fruit yield (29.88 t ha-1 were obtained with 323, 265 and 331 kg ha-1 of N, respectively. The maximum economical efficiency rate of N for the culture of the zucchini was 322 kg ha-1, resulting in a fruit yield of 29.86 t ha-1. The nitrate content in the zucchini fruits presented linear increment as a function of N rates. At the highest N rate, the nitrate content in the fruit fresh matter was 162 mg kg-1. This nitrate contents value does not represent risk for human health.

  2. Microbiological Safety Assessment of Apple Fruits (Malus domestica Borkh Sold in Owerri Imo State Nigeria

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    Full Text Available This study aimed at assessing the microbial colonizers, of apple fruits sold in Owerri to determine its safety for consumption. Apple fruits are dependable source of vitamins, it is rich in fiber, electrolytes, minerals and antioxidants and it is usually eaten fresh and raw, making the vitamins fully available for the body. The popularity and increased consumption of apple fruits therefore calls for necessary safety checks. Two hundred fresh and apparently healthy apple fruits were obtained from street vendors and shopping malls in major streets, motor parks and higher institutions in Owerri. The fruits were washed-out separately in 10 mL sterile distilled water to obtain suspensions which were assayed for total aerobic plate count, coliform count, and fungal count and for specific pathogens. A count of 3.4×105-4.5×107 cfu/mL was obtained for TAPC, while total coliform and total fungal counts ranges from 2.4×104-2.2×106 and 5.0×102-3.6×105 cfu/mL respectively. Twelve bacterial and seven fungal spp were isolated. The apple fruits sold in major busy spots in Owerri are contaminated, the presence of Shigella spp, S. aureus, Salmonella and B. cereus which are known pathogens calls for concern. Education of fruit vendors on food hygiene, adequate packaging/covering of apple fruits on display for sale and washing of fruits before consumption is advanced.

  3. The effect of chlorine dioxide and chitosan/essential oil coatings on the safety and quality of fresh blueberries

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    Blueberries are high-value fruit with strong antioxidant capacity and other health-promoting benefits. Controlled release chlorine dioxide (ClO2) or chitosan coating plus different essential oils were applied to fresh blueberries to preserve their quality and safety during postharvest storage. In vi...

  4. 76 FR 44889 - Notice of Decision To Authorize the Importation of Fresh Persimmon From the Republic of South Africa

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    ... approving the importation of commodities that, based on the findings of a pest risk analysis (PRA), can be... States of fresh persimmon fruit from the Republic of South Africa. Based on the findings of a pest risk analysis, which we made available to the public for review and comment through a previous notice,...

  5. 鲜芦荟外敷联合局部封闭治疗胺碘酮致静脉炎的效果观察%The observation of the clinical effect of using the fresh aloe vera which was for external application and uniting local block to treat the phlebitis which was by used amiodarone

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    龚兰娟; 叶春燕; 周小敏; 罗桂平; 关雪红; 黄丹

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    Objective:It was to discuss the observation of the clinical effect of using the fresh aloe vera which was for external application and uniting local block to treat the phlebitis which was by used amiodarone with lidocaine. Method It happened to peripheral venous injection amiodarone from May 2011 to May 2013 in our hospital, which led to 50 patients had the phlebitis of grade 1 or more. And they were divided into observation and control group, each group had 25 cases. In the observation group, they used the fresh aloe vera which was for external application and someone united local block in the treatment of lidocaine with the phlebitis of grade 3 or more. In the control group, they were used by 50%magnesium sulfate wet. And it was to assess pain and contrast the clinical effect after giving drugs 4 or 8 hours. Result the clinical and analgesic effects of the observation group was better than that of the control group. Conclusion the clinical and analgesic effects of using the fresh aloe vera which was for external application and uniting local block to treat the phlebitis which was by used amiodarone with lidocaine was much better than that of using 50%magnesium sulfate wet.%目的:探讨鲜芦荟外敷联合利多卡因局部封闭治疗胺碘酮致静脉炎的临床疗效。方法:将2011年5月至2013年5月高州市人民医院收治的外周静脉输注胺碘酮致静脉炎Ⅰ级以上患者50例作为研究对象,分为观察组和对照组各25例,观察组给予鲜芦荟外敷,静脉炎Ⅲ级以上联合利多卡因局部封闭治疗,对照组给予50%硫酸镁湿敷,分别于给药后4、8 h 进行疼痛评估和对比临床疗效。结果:治疗4、8 h 后,观察组止痛效果优于对照组(P<0.05),治疗48 h 后,观察组临床疗效均优于对照组(P<0.05)。结论:采用鲜芦荟外敷联合利多卡因局部封闭治疗胺碘酮所致的静脉炎止痛效果及临床疗效明显优于50%硫酸镁湿敷。

  6. Proximate analysis of five wild fruits of Mozambique.

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    Magaia, Telma; Uamusse, Amália; Sjöholm, Ingegerd; Skog, Kerstin

    2013-01-01

    Mozambique is rich in wild fruit trees, most of which produce fleshy fruits commonly consumed in rural communities, especially during dry seasons. However, information on their content of macronutrients is scarce. Five wild fruit species (Adansonia digitata, Landolphia kirkii, Sclerocarya birrea, Salacia kraussii, and Vangueria infausta) from different districts in Mozambique were selected for the study. The contents of dry matter, fat, protein, ash, sugars, pH, and titratable acidity were determined in the fruit pulps. Also kernels of A. digitata and S. birrea were included in the study. The protein content in the pulp was below 5 g/100 g of dry matter, but a daily intake of 100 g fresh wild fruits would provide up to 11% of the recommended daily intake for children from 4 to 8 years old. The sugar content varied between 2.3% and 14.4% fresh weight. The pH was below 3, except for Salacia kraussii, for which it was slightly below 7. Kernels of A. digitata contained, on average, 39.2% protein and 38.0% fat, and S. birrea kernels 32.6% protein and 60.7% fat. The collection of nutritional information may serve as a basis for increased consumption and utilization.

  7. Proximate Analysis of Five Wild Fruits of Mozambique

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    Full Text Available Mozambique is rich in wild fruit trees, most of which produce fleshy fruits commonly consumed in rural communities, especially during dry seasons. However, information on their content of macronutrients is scarce. Five wild fruit species (Adansonia digitata, Landolphia kirkii, Sclerocarya birrea, Salacia kraussii, and Vangueria infausta from different districts in Mozambique were selected for the study. The contents of dry matter, fat, protein, ash, sugars, pH, and titratable acidity were determined in the fruit pulps. Also kernels of A. digitata and S. birrea were included in the study. The protein content in the pulp was below 5 g/100 g of dry matter, but a daily intake of 100 g fresh wild fruits would provide up to 11% of the recommended daily intake for children from 4 to 8 years old. The sugar content varied between 2.3% and 14.4% fresh weight. The pH was below 3, except for Salacia kraussii, for which it was slightly below 7. Kernels of A. digitata contained, on average, 39.2% protein and 38.0% fat, and S. birrea kernels 32.6% protein and 60.7% fat. The collection of nutritional information may serve as a basis for increased consumption and utilization.

  8. Bioactive phytochemicals and antioxidant activity in fresh and dried lychee fractions1

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    Fruit of the lychee cv. Bengal are approximately 50% peel and seeds, which are discarded. These by-products have antioxidant compounds which are capable of blocking the harmful effects of free radicals in the body. Bioactive compounds (ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, lycopene and phenols) and antioxidant activity were evaluated in different extracts, both fresh and dried at 45 °C, of the skin, pulp and seeds of the lychee, which were subjected to principal component analysis to clarify which of...

  9. Identification of host fruit volatiles from domestic apple (Malus domestica), native black hawthorn (Crataegus douglasii) and introduced ornamental hawthorn (C. monogyna) attractive to Rhagoletis pomonella flies from the western United States.

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    Cha, Dong H; Yee, Wee L; Goughnour, Robert B; Sim, Sheina B; Powell, Thomas H Q; Feder, Jeffrey L; Linn, Charles E

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    The apple maggot fly, Rhagoletis pomonella, infests apple (Malus domestica) and hawthorn species (most notably the downy hawthorn, Crataegus mollis) in the eastern USA. Evidence suggests that the fly was introduced into the western USA sometime in the last 60 years. In addition to apple, R. pomonella also infests two species of hawthorns in the western USA as major hosts: the native black hawthorn (C. douglasii) and the introduced ornamental English hawthorn, C. monogyna. Apple and downy hawthorn-origin flies in the eastern USA use volatile blends emitted from the surface of their respective ripening fruit to find and discriminate among host trees. To test whether the same is true for western flies, we used coupled gas chromatography and electroantennographic detection (GC-EAD) and developed a 7-component apple fruit blend for western apple-origin flies, an 8-component black hawthorn fruit blend for flies infesting C. douglasii, and a 9-component ornamental hawthorn blend for flies from C. monogyna. Crataegus douglasii and C. monogyna-origin flies showed similar levels of upwind directed flight to their respective natal synthetic fruit blends in flight tunnel assays compared to whole fruit adsorbent extracts, indicating that the blends contain all the behaviorally relevant fruit volatiles to induce maximal response levels. The black and ornamental hawthorn blends shared four compounds in common including 3-methylbutan-1-ol, which appears to be a key volatile for R. pomonella populations in the eastern, southern, and western USA that show a preference for fruit from different Crataegus species. However, the blends also differed from one another and from domesticated apple in several respects that make it possible that western R. pomonella flies behaviorally discriminate among fruit volatiles and form ecologically differentiated host races, as is the case for eastern apple and hawthorn flies.

  10. A possible dose-response association between distance to farmers' markets and roadside produce stands, frequency of shopping, fruit and vegetable consumption, and body mass index among customers in the Southern United States.

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    Jilcott Pitts, Stephanie B; Hinkley, Jedediah; Wu, Qiang; McGuirt, Jared T; Lyonnais, Mary Jane; Rafferty, Ann P; Whitt, Olivia R; Winterbauer, Nancy; Phillips, Lisa

    2017-01-11

    The association between farmers' market characteristics and consumer shopping habits remains unclear. Our objective was to examine associations among distance to farmers' markets, amenities within farmers' markets, frequency of farmers' market shopping, fruit and vegetable consumption, and body mass index (BMI). We hypothesized that the relationship between frequency of farmers' market shopping and BMI would be mediated by fruit and vegetable consumption. In 15 farmers' markets in northeastern North Carolina, July-September 2015, we conducted a cross-sectional survey among 263 farmers' market customers (199 provided complete address data) and conducted farmers' market audits. To participate, customers had to be over 18 years of age, and English speaking. Dependent variables included farmers' market shopping frequency, fruit and vegetable consumption, and BMI. Analysis of variance, adjusted multinomial logistic regression, Poisson regression, and linear regression models, adjusted for age, race, sex, and education, were used to examine associations between distance to farmers' markets, amenities within farmers' markets, frequency of farmers' market shopping, fruit and vegetable consumption, and BMI. Those who reported shopping at farmers' markets a few times per year or less reported consuming 4.4 (standard deviation = 1.7) daily servings of fruits and vegetables, and those who reported shopping 2 or more times per week reported consuming 5.5 (2.2) daily servings. There was no association between farmers' market amenities, and shopping frequency or fruit and vegetable consumption. Those who shopped 2 or more times per week had a statistically significantly lower BMI than those who shopped less frequently. There was no evidence of mediation of the relationship between frequency of shopping and BMI by fruit and vegetable consumption. More work should be done to understand factors within farmers' markets that encourage fruit and vegetable purchases.

  11. In vitro auxin binding to cellular membranes of cucumber fruits.

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    Narayanan, K R; Mudge, K W; Poovaiah, B W

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    Specific binding of 1-naphthaleneacetic acid (NAA) to crude membrane preparations from cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) was demonstrated. This in vitro binding had a pH optimum of 3.75 and an equilibrium dissociation constant of 10 to 20 micromolar with 1250 picomoles binding sites per gram fresh weight. The NAA-binding sites were pronase sensitive. The supernatant from the fruit partially inhibited the in vitro NAA binding to fruit membranes. NAA, 2-naphthoxyacetic acid, 3-indoleacetic acid, 2-4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, and 2,3,5-triiodobenzoic acid, which are reported to be very good inducers of parthenocarpy in cucumber, showed a high degree of specific binding to cucumber fruit membranes. In comparison, 2-naphthaleneacetic acid and indolepropionic acid, which are reported to be very weak auxins in corn coleoptile, pea stem, and strawberry fruit growth bioassays, did not bind efficiently to cucumber fruit membranes. In vitro binding studies with fruit membranes suggest that auxin stimulated fruit growth may be mediated by membrane-associated, auxin-binding protein(s).

  12. Cassava starch coating and citric acid to preserve quality parameters of fresh-cut "Tommy Atkins" mango.

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    Chiumarelli, Marcela; Pereira, Leila M; Ferrari, Cristhiane C; Sarantópoulos, Claire I G L; Hubinger, Miriam D

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    Combination of citric acid dipping (5 g/L) and cassava starch coating (10 g/L), with and without glycerol (10 g/L), was studied to verify the effectiveness of these treatments to inhibit enzymatic browning, to reduce respiration rate, and to preserve quality parameters of "Tommy Atkins" fresh-cut mangoes during storage at 5 degrees C. Color characteristics (L and C), mechanical properties (stress at failure), weight loss, beta-carotene content, sensory acceptance, and microbial growth of fruits were evaluated during 15 d. The respiration rate of fruit subjected to the treatments was also analyzed. Nontreated fresh-cut mango was used as a control sample. Cassava starch edible coatings and citric acid dipping promoted a decrease in respiration rate of mango slices, with values up to 41% lower than the control fruit. This treatment also promoted better preservation of texture and color characteristics of mangoes and delayed carotenoid formation and browning reactions during storage. Moreover, the treated fruit showed great sensory acceptance by consumers throughout the whole storage period. However, the use of glycerol in the coating formulation was not efficient in the maintenance of quality parameters of fresh-cut mangoes, promoting a higher weight loss of samples, impairing fruit texture characteristics, increasing carotenogenesis, and favoring microbial growth during storage.

  13. 76 FR 61340 - Notice of Decision To Authorize the Importation of Dragon Fruit From Thailand Into the...

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    ... Importation of Dragon Fruit From Thailand Into the Continental United States AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health... the importation into the continental United States of dragon fruit (multiple genera and species) from... noxious weeds via the importation of dragon fruit from Thailand. DATES: Effective Date: October 4, 2011...

  14. Carotenoid bioaccessibility in pulp and fresh juice from carotenoid-rich sweet oranges and mandarins.

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    Rodrigo, María Jesús; Cilla, Antonio; Barberá, Reyes; Zacarías, Lorenzo

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    Citrus fruits are a good source of carotenoids for the human diet; however, comparative studies of carotenoids in different citrus food matrices are scarce. In this work the concentration and bioaccessibility of carotenoids in sweet oranges and mandarins with marked differences in carotenoid composition were evaluated in pulp and compared to those in fresh juice. The pulp and juice of the red-fleshed Cara Cara sweet orange variety was highly rich in carotenes (mainly lycopene and phytoene) compared to standard Navel orange, while β-cryptoxanthin and phytoene predominated in mandarins. Total carotenoid content in the pulp of the ordinary Navel orange and in the red-fleshed Cara Cara orange, as well as in the Clementine mandarin were higher than in the corresponding juices, although individual carotenoids were differentially affected by juice preparation. Bioaccessibility of the bioactive carotenoids (the ones described to be absorbed by humans) was greater in both pulp and juice of the carotenoid-rich Cara Cara orange compared to the Navel orange while increasing levels of β-cryptoxanthin were detected in the bioaccessible fractions of pulp and juice of mandarins postharvest stored at 12 °C compared to freshly-harvested fruits. Overall, results indicated that higher soluble bioactive carotenoids from citrus fruits and, consequently, potential nutritional and health benefits are obtained by the consumption of pulp with respect to fresh juice.

  15. Microbiology of Fresh Produce: Route of Contamination, Detection Methods, and Remedy.

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    Rajwar, Asmita; Srivastava, Pragati; Sahgal, Manvika

    2016-10-25

    Fresh fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthful diet. They provide vitamins, minerals and fiber to help keep our body healthy. Occasionally, fresh fruits and vegetables can become contaminated with harmful bacteria or viruses, which are also known as pathogens. The major family of pathogen associated with food are members of Enterobacteriaceae which commonly form a part of microbiological criteria and their presence is traditionally related to hygiene and safety of foods. Organic fertilizers, irrigation water quality and soil are major source of contamination. For removal of pathogens, various decontamination procedures are also followed to reduce microbial load on the fruits. These are chemical preservatives and irradiation. Microbiological study of fresh produce can be done by various phenotypic, biochemical and molecular techniques so that pathogen can properly be identified. The World Health Organization (WHO) developed global risk communication message and training materials to assist countries in strengthening their food educating programs. There is a need for improved surveillance systems on food-borne pathogens, on food products and on outbreaks so that comparable data are available from a wider range of countries.

  16. Marketing Novel Fruit Products

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    ’T Riet, Van Jonathan; Onwezen, M.C.; Bartels, Jos; Lans, Van Der I.A.; Kraszewska, Magdalena

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to compare the influence of four different marketing claims and price information on consumers’ product choices for novel fruits and novel fruit products, using a choice experiment. In total, 1,652 people in Greece (n = 400), the Netherlands (n = 419), Poland (n =

  17. Marketing Novel Fruit Products

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    ’T Riet, Van Jonathan; Onwezen, M.C.; Bartels, Jos; Lans, Van Der I.A.; Kraszewska, Magdalena

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to compare the influence of four different marketing claims and price information on consumers’ product choices for novel fruits and novel fruit products, using a choice experiment. In total, 1,652 people in Greece (n = 400), the Netherlands (n = 419), Poland (n = 42

  18. Detection of fruit fly infestation in pickling cucumbers using a hyperspectral reflectance/transmittance imaging system

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    Fruit fly infestation can be a serious problem in pickling cucumber production. In the United States and many other countries, there is zero tolerance for fruit flies in pickled cucumber products. Currently, processors rely on manual inspection to detect and remove fruit fly-infested cucumbers, whic...

  19. A fruit quality gene map of Prunus

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Prunus fruit development, growth, ripening, and senescence includes major biochemical and sensory changes in texture, color, and flavor. The genetic dissection of these complex processes has important applications in crop improvement, to facilitate maximizing and maintaining stone fruit quality from production and processing through to marketing and consumption. Here we present an integrated fruit quality gene map of Prunus containing 133 genes putatively involved in the determination of fruit texture, pigmentation, flavor, and chilling injury resistance. Results A genetic linkage map of 211 markers was constructed for an intraspecific peach (Prunus persica progeny population, Pop-DG, derived from a canning peach cultivar 'Dr. Davis' and a fresh market cultivar 'Georgia Belle'. The Pop-DG map covered 818 cM of the peach genome and included three morphological markers, 11 ripening candidate genes, 13 cold-responsive genes, 21 novel EST-SSRs from the ChillPeach database, 58 previously reported SSRs, 40 RAFs, 23 SRAPs, 14 IMAs, and 28 accessory markers from candidate gene amplification. The Pop-DG map was co-linear with the Prunus reference T × E map, with 39 SSR markers in common to align the maps. A further 158 markers were bin-mapped to the reference map: 59 ripening candidate genes, 50 cold-responsive genes, and 50 novel EST-SSRs from ChillPeach, with deduced locations in Pop-DG via comparative mapping. Several candidate genes and EST-SSRs co-located with previously reported major trait loci and quantitative trait loci for chilling injury symptoms in Pop-DG. Conclusion The candidate gene approach combined with bin-mapping and availability of a community-recognized reference genetic map provides an efficient means of locating genes of interest in a target genome. We highlight the co-localization of fruit quality candidate genes with previously reported fruit quality QTLs. The fruit quality gene map developed here is a

  20. Semi-Dried Fruits and Vegetables

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    Gamze Uysal Seçkin

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Since ancient times, the preservation of fruit and vegetables is an ancient method of drying. Sun drying method has been used more widely. In general, consumer-ready products are dried fruits, while the dried vegetables are the foods subjected to the rehydration processes such as boiling, heating and baking before consumption. In recent years, new products with high eating quality have been attempted to achieve without losing characteristic of raw material. With the improving of food technology, using developed methods (pH reduction with reducing aw, slight heating, preservatives use etc. as protective agent, and using a combination of a low rate as an alternative to traditional food preservation process, products have been obtained without changing original characteristics of food. ‘Semi-dried 'or 'medium moist 'products with little difference between the taste and texture of the product with a damp have gained importance in recent years in terms of consumer preferences. Vegetables or fruits, which have water activity levels between 0.50 and 0.95 and the moisture content of between 26% and 60%, are called 'medium moist fruit or vegetables'. Two different manufacturing process to obtain a semi-dried or intermediate moisture products are applied. First, fully dried fruits and vegetables to be rehydrated with water are brought to the desired level of their moisture content. Second, in the first drying process, when the product moisture content is reduced to the desired level, the drying process is finished. The semi-dried products are preferred by consumers because they have a softer texture in terms of eating quality and like fresh products texture.

  1. [Vitamin C in fruits and vegetables].

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    Kosheleva, O V; Kodentsova, V M

    2013-01-01

    Strong opinion about reducing vitamin C content in traditional cultivars of fruits and vegetables as a result of intensive farming practices, on the one hand, and depletion of soil, waste of fertilizers, on the other hand, takes place. The aim of the study was to assess changes in vitamin C content in fresh vegetables, fruits and berries from the 40s of last century to the present. Available national and foreign data from official tables of the chemical composition tables published in different years, including the most typical values, based on the results conducted in a number of research institutes, laboratories and university departments, as well as some original investigations and unpublished own results were used to analyze possible changes of vitamin C content in fruits and vegetables. For comparison we take into consideration only results from the most common and affordable since the last century method of visual titration, which has a relative error of 20%. Analysis of vitamin C content conducted according 5-58 studies from the 40s of the last century to the present, for 32 types of greens and vegetables (potatoes, various types of cabbage and onion, garlic, carrot, turnip, tomato, pepper, eggplant, cucumber, squash, peas, turnip, garden radish, parsnip, rhubarb, parsley, dill, lettuce, onion, spinach, sorrel), and according to 6-50 studies of 24 sorts of fruits (apple, pear, mandarin, orange, lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, banana, watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes, peach, apricot, plum, cherry, blackberry, blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, gooseberry, black currant, red and white) has been done. It was found that the average content of vitamin varies slightly. Deviations from the average for all the years of research do not exceed the standard deviation. Analysis of longitudinal data did not confirm a vitamin C decrease. This means that vitamin value C of fruits and vegetables remains approximately constant, due to the successful selection of new

  2. Composition of the essential oil of Argania spinosa (Sapotaceae) fruit pulp.

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    Harhar, Hicham; Gharby, Said; Ghanmi, Mohamed; El Monfalouti, Hanae; Guillaume, Dominique; Charrouf, Zoubida

    2010-06-01

    The composition of the essential oil from the fresh and dried pulp of the fruit of Argania spinosa (Skeels) L. has been studied. Camphor was the major component in both oil types, but in addition, the fresh fruit oil had significant amounts of 1,8-cineole, endo-borneol, and 2-(4-methylcyclohex-3-enyl)-propan-2-ol., and the dried pulp oil 3,5-dimethyl-4-ethylidene-cyclohex-2-ene-1-one, 1,8-cineole, and 2-methylbutanoic acid. The presence of camphor and 1,8-cineole in argan fruit essential oil suggests that it could be used locally as an insect repellent, offering an output for argan fruit pulp that is at present a waste product.

  3. Revised irradiation doses to control melon fly, Mediterranean fruit fly, and oriental fruit fly (Diptera: Tephritidae) and a generic dose for tephritid fruit flies.

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    Follett, Peter A; Armstrong, John W

    2004-08-01

    Currently approved irradiation quarantine treatment doses for Bactrocera cucurbitae (Coquillet), melon fly; Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann), Mediterranean fruit fly; and Bactrocera dorsalis (Hendel), oriental fruit fly, infesting fruits and vegetables for export from Hawaii to the continental United States are 210, 225, and 250 Gy, respectively. Irradiation studies were initiated to determine whether these doses could be reduced to lower treatment costs, minimize any adverse effects on quality, and support a proposed generic irradiation dose of 150 Gy for fruit flies. Dose-response tests were conducted with late third instars of wild and laboratory strains of the three fruit fly species, both in diet and in fruit. After x-ray irradiation treatment, data were taken on adult emergence, and adult female fecundity and fertility. Melon fly was the most tolerant of the three species to irradiation, and oriental fruit fly was more tolerant than Mediterranean fruit fly. Laboratory and wild strains of each species were equally tolerant of irradiation, and larvae were more tolerant when irradiated in fruit compared with artificial diet. An irradiation dose of 150 Gy applied to 93,666 melon fly late third instars in papayas resulted in no survival to the adult stage, indicating that this dose is sufficient to provide quarantine security. Irradiation doses of 100 and 125 Gy applied to 31,920 Mediterranean fruit fly and 55,743 oriental fruit fly late third instars, respectively, also resulted in no survival to the adult stage. Results support a proposed generic irradiation quarantine treatment dose of 150 Gy for all tephritid fruit flies.

  4. Preliminary analysis of productivity of fruiting fungi on Strzeleckie meadows

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    Barbara Sadowska

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Analysis demonstrated that the fresh ahd dry weight as well as the ash content of fungal fruit bodies collected on a forest-surrounded unmown meadow (Stellario-Deschampsietum Freitag 1957 and Caricetum elatae W.Koch 1926 were lower than the same values for a plot of exploited mown meadow and higher than on an exploited unmown meadow (Arrhenatheretum medioeuropaeum (Br.-Bl. Oberd. 1952.

  5. Volatile Components of Oiti Fruit (Licania tomentosa Benth.

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    Maria A. C. Kaplan

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available The fresh fruits from Licania tomentosa Benth. (Chrysobalanaceae , were submitted to hydrodistillation in a modified Clevenger-type apparatus. Analysis of volatile oil were performed by GC and GC-MS. Comparison of results with literature data allowed the chemical characterization of 83% of compounds of mixture. Thirteen compounds were identified, three monoterpenes, five aliphatic esters, two alcohols, two ketones and one aldehyde. The alcohols were the major compounds (35.6%, but the esters showed great diversity.

  6. Detection of some intestinal protozoa in commercial fresh juices.

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    Mossallam, Shereen F

    2010-04-01

    Fresh fruit juices are popular, but not always safe. For assessing the likelihood of infection with newly emerging intestinal protozoa, commercial fresh orange, lemon, sugar cane, strawberry, and mango juices were screened by wet mounts, Weber's modified trichrome and modified Ziehl-Neelsen stains. Protozoa viability was done by fluorescein-diacetate/propidium-iodide staining, and infectivity was performed in Swiss albino mice. Results showed that 35.43% were contaminated with one or more of Cryptosporidia, Microsporidia, and Cyclospora, as well as Giardia spp. Strawberry was the most contaminated juice (54.28%), while orange was the slightest (22.86%). Cryptosporidia was the highest contaminant (61.29%), and Cyclospora was the least (14.52%). Microsporidia spp. was the most robust contaminant which retained its viability and infectivity in juices in which it was detected. Moderately acidic strawberry and mango juices and alkaline sugar cane juice pose a possible threat, due to harboring the highest viable and infectious protozoa. Regarding highly acidic juices, viability and infectivity decreased in lemon, yet was not still risk free. Orange juice was comparatively safe, as viability dramatically declined, while infectivity was completely abolished. Hence consumers, especially high risk group, are placed at hazard of contracting intestinal protozoa infections, especially through moderately acidic and alkaline juices.

  7. Microbiology of organic and conventionally grown fresh produce.

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    Maffei, Daniele F; Batalha, Erika Y; Landgraf, Mariza; Schaffner, Donald W; Franco, Bernadette D G M

    2016-12-01

    Fresh produce is a generalized term for a group of farm-produced crops, including fruits and vegetables. Organic agriculture has been on the rise and attracting the attention of the food production sector, since it uses eco-agricultural principles that are ostensibly environmentally-friendly and provides products potentially free from the residues of agrochemicals. Organic farming practices such as the use of animal manure can however increase the risk of contamination by enteric pathogenic microorganisms and may consequently pose health risks. A number of scientific studies conducted in different countries have compared the microbiological quality of produce samples from organic and conventional production and results are contradictory. While some have reported greater microbial counts in fresh produce from organic production, other studies do not. This manuscript provides a brief review of the current knowledge and summarizes data on the occurrence of pathogenic microorganisms in vegetables from organic production. Copyright © 2016 Sociedade Brasileira de Microbiologia. Published by Elsevier Editora Ltda. All rights reserved.

  8. Determination of ripeness stages of Mazafati variety of date fruit by Raman spectroscopy

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    R Khodabakhshian; B Emadi

    2016-01-01

    Introduction: The economical yield of date fruits depends on many factors (Al-Shahib and Marshall, 2003). One of them is harvesting in optimum stage. Generally, date fruits have four distinct stages of ripeness to satisfy different consumption requirements (e.g., fresh and processed). They are known throughout the world by their Arabic names which are Kimri, Khalal, Rutab and Tamr in order of ripeness (Imad and Abdul Wahab, 1995; Al-Shahib and Marshall, 2003; Sahari et al., 2007). Decreasing ...

  9. Consumer acceptance of novel fruits and fruit products

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    Bakker, T.; Benninga, J.; Rakowska, J.; Bartels, J.

    2010-01-01

    The task of the Deliverable 1.3.7 Report on case studies of fruit innovations is to provide information on consumers' acceptance of innovative fruit and fruit products selected for case studies in Deliverable 1.3.2 List of selected fruit innovations, and to validate findings from previous stages of

  10. Caribbean Fruit Fly (Diptera: Tephritidae) and Small Fruit in Florida

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    Tephritid fruit flies are among the most important pests of fruits and vegetables worldwide. The Caribbean fruit fly, Anastrepha suspensa (Loew), is a tephritid pest that became established in Florida following introduction in 1965. Populations of this fruit fly also occur in Puerto Rico and Cuba, ...

  11. Microbes Associated with Freshly Prepared Juices of Citrus and Carrots

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    Kamal Rai Aneja

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Fruit juices are popular drinks as they contain antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that are essential for human being and play important role in the prevention of heart diseases, cancer, and diabetes. They contain essential nutrients which support the growth of acid tolerant bacteria, yeasts, and moulds. In the present study, we have conducted a microbiological examination of freshly prepared juices (sweet lime, orange, and carrot by serial dilution agar plate technique. A total of 30 juice samples were examined for their microbiological quality. Twenty-five microbial species including 9 bacterial isolates, 5 yeast isolates, and 11 mould isolates were isolated from juices. Yeasts and moulds were the main cause of spoilage of juices. Aspergillus flavus and Rhodotorula mucilaginosa were observed in the maximum number of juice samples. Among bacteria Bacillus cereus and Serratia were dominant. Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus were detected in few samples. Candida sp., Curvularia, Colletotrichum, and Acetobacter were observed only in citrus juice samples. Alternaria, Aspergillus terreus, A. niger, Cladosporium, and Fusarium were also observed in tested juice samples. Some of the microorganisms detected in these juice samples can cause disease in human beings, so there is need for some guidelines that can improve the quality of fruit juices.

  12. Fruit quality of dog rose seedlings (Rosa canina L

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    Zoran ŠINDRAK

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available A dog rose (Rosa canina L is one of the most widespread wild species of the genus Rosa in our country, and fairly represented in the natural, rural and even urban areas. Although in the world a dog roses are studied, cultivated and refined, in Croatia its cultivation almost does not exists. In nature you can see major differences between plants, especially considering the size of the fruit, often in very small habitats. The study was conducted at 8 rose dog bushes at about 1 ha of abandoned experimental field 'Jazbina' in Zagreb. From each plant, 120 fruits were randomly collected at a technological maturity. The average fresh fruit weight ranged from 1.88 to 2.96 g, the average fresh flesh portion from 65.4 to 74.7 % and the average dry flesh matter content (after drying at 105 °C, in relation to the fresh fruit weight, from 22.9 to 28.6 %. The length, width, thickness, and shape of the fruits were significantly different (P≤0.05. Since plants were grown in uniform climatic and edaphic conditions, it can be concluded that a relatively large phenotypic, and probably the genotypic variability of dog rose plants exists in such a small location. With the reasonable assumption that the Croatian territory has a lot of similar dog rose habitats, the results of this study indicate a rich genetic potential of dog rose, which could be used for initial selection of plants with superior characteristics intended to be introduced in cultivation.

  13. A model for discrimination freshness of shrimp

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    Linong Du

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The shrimp is popular for its nutrition and dainty, however, it is easy to decay, and its freshness degrades, so, it is important to assess its freshness. The shrimp gives off unpleasant odor with its freshness change, detecting its odor difference can evaluate its freshness. The feasibility of using electronic nose for evaluating the freshness of shrimp (Penaeus vanmamei is explored in this paper. The odor of shrimp, stored at 5 °C, was detected by the electronic nose. Combined with the sensory evaluation and TVBN, a model based on the electronic nose was constructed to evaluate the shrimp freshness. In principal components analysis, the first three principal components accounted for 86.97% of total variation, and they are used to establish a model to estimate the shrimp freshness with Fisher Liner Discriminant. The discriminant rates were 98.3% for 120 modeling sample data, and 91.7% for 36 testing sample data. The model could be easily used to evaluate the freshness of shrimp with better accuracy.

  14. Consumers' store choice behavior for fresh food

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    Meulenberg, M.T.G.; Trijp, van J.C.M.

    1991-01-01

    Consumers' preference for fresh food stores is analyzed. In particular the choice between supermarkets and specialized shops for purchasing fresh food is analyzed. Attention is given to the factors influencing this choice. For this purpose a number of research questions with respect to store choice

  15. Developing fruit-based nutritious snack bars.

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    da Silva, Edson P; Siqueira, Heloisa H; do Lago, Rafael Carvalho; Rosell, Cristina M; Vilas Boas, Eduardo V de Barros

    2014-01-15

    Marolo (Annona crassiflora Mart) is a typical savannah fruit that is very nutritious and highly appreciated. However, its consumption has been limited to fresh fruit. The objective of this study was to evaluate the potential use of marolo flour in the production of healthy snack bars to valorise this fruit and provide an alternative ready-to-eat nutritious product. Snack bars containing increasing amounts of marolo flour (5 g 100 g(-1), 10 g 100 g(-1), 15 g 100 g(-1), 20 g 100 g(-1), expressed in w/w) were produced and the physico-chemical and sensory characteristics were determined. Levels up to 20% marolo flour can be incorporated in snack bars with some minor changes in pH and moisture content but with an increase of 2.4-fold in dietary fibre content and also 1.3-fold of vitamin C, minerals and antioxidant activity. In addition, up to 10% marolo flour improves significantly the sensory properties of the snack bars, namely appearance, taste, texture and overall acceptance. Marolo flour can be considered an alternative flour for obtaining healthy snack bars, with increased nutritional and sensory quality. © 2013 Society of Chemical Industry.

  16. Heterogeneity of farms entering export supply chains: the case of fruit growers from central-south Chile

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    J. A. Barrena Ruiz

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available The increasing stringency of world food markets requires farmers to adjust farm structure and commercial strategies to remain integrated in export supply chains. The goal of this study was to identify and characterize different types of fresh fruit farms with regard to farm structural and commercial strategies for a representative sample of fresh fruit growers from central-south Chile exporting to world markets. A typology of farms was constructed based on multivariate analysis, according to which five types of farms were differentiated from five distinct factors. Cluster I comprised the smallest and uncertified farms (14.3% of the sample. The remaining four clusters comprised certified farms, but with different farm structural and commercial characteristics. Cluster II (15.1% was composed of farms located further from market connections. Cluster III (23.9% comprised farms with the highest number of fruit species, and consequently, more diversified in fruit production. Cluster IV (8.8% was the smallest group, and comprised the largest firms. Finally, Cluster V (37.8% was composed of highly specialized fruit farms, with the highest proportion of hectares dedicated to the production of a single fruit species. The results show the heterogeneity among fresh fruit farms and support the need for differentiated incentives and technological transfer schemes from the public sector and fruit companies in order to successfully keep farmers within export supply chains.

  17. Heterogeneity of farms entering export supply chains: the case of fruit growers from central-south Chile

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    Barrena, J.; Nahuelhual, L.; Engler, A.; Echeverria, R.; Cofre, G.

    2013-06-01

    The increasing stringency of world food markets requires farmers to adjust farm structure and commercial strategies to remain integrated in export supply chains. The goal of this study was to identify and characterize different types of fresh fruit farms with regard to farm structural and commercial strategies for a representative sample of fresh fruit growers from central-south Chile exporting to world markets. A typology of farms was constructed based on multivariate analysis, according to which five types of farms were differentiated from five distinct factors. Cluster I comprised the smallest and uncertified farms (14.3% of the sample). The remaining four clusters comprised certified farms, but with different farm structural and commercial characteristics. Cluster II (15.1%) was composed of farms located further from market connections. Cluster III (23.9%) comprised farms with the highest number of fruit species, and consequently, more diversified in fruit production. Cluster IV (8.8%) was the smallest group, and comprised the largest firms. Finally, Cluster V (37.8%) was composed of highly specialized fruit farms, with the highest proportion of hectares dedicated to the production of a single fruit species. The results show the heterogeneity among fresh fruit farms and support the need for differentiated incentives and technological transfer schemes from the public sector and fruit companies in order to successfully keep farmers within export supply chains. (Author) 40 refs.

  18. Physical, chemical, and antioxidant activity characterization of pitaya (Stenocereus pruinosus) fruits.

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    García-Cruz, Leticia; Valle-Guadarrama, Salvador; Salinas-Moreno, Yolanda; Joaquín-Cruz, Elvia

    2013-12-01

    Fruits with red and orange flesh of the columnar cactus pitaya (Stenocereus pruinosus) were studied to evaluate physical characteristics, total soluble solids, betalains and soluble phenols content, and antioxidant activity. Fruits had, in average, weight of 179.0 g, 9.8 °Brix, 9.4 % carbohydrates, 1.25 % protein, 0.11 % ethereal extract, 0.60 % crude fiber, and 0.62 % ash. Also, fruits resulted rich in Fe (22.8-27.8 mg/kg). Hue angle and contents of betacyanins, betaxanthins (μg/g dry sample), and total soluble phenols (mg GAE/g fresh sample) were 19.8°, 2860.0, 3210.0, and 1.6 in the red material, and 28.9°, 470.0, 2670.0, and 1.2, respectively, in the orange fruit. The antioxidant capacity was higher in the red material, since the ABTS (2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulphonic acid)) technique reported 1090.6 and 735.4 μmol of Trolox equivalents/g fresh flesh in red and orange fruits, respectively, while the oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) assay reported 7.84 and 5.16 μmol of Trolox equivalents/g fresh flesh, respectively. The chromatographic profile showed five betalains in red fruits, but only four of them were observed in those orange fleshed.

  19. Nutritional composition of minor indigenous fruits

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    Shajib, Md. Tariqul Islam; Kawser, Mahbuba; Miah, Md. Nuruddin

    2013-01-01

    In line of the development of a food composition database for Bangladesh, 10 minor indigenous fruits were analysed for their nutrient composition comprising ascorbic acid, carotenoids and mineral values. Nutrient data obtained have been compared with published data reported in different literatures......, book and United States Department of Agriculture-National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. Ascorbic acid was highest in Wood apple and lowest in Roselle. Monkey jack contained the highest amount of carotenoids, zinc and copper. Content of calcium, magnesium and phosphorous were found highest...... values of these minor fruits would make awareness among the people for their mass consumption for healthy life and to grow more minor fruit trees from extinction in order to maintain biodiversity....

  20. High-pressure processing of berry and other fruit products: implications for bioactive compounds and food safety.

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    Tadapaneni, Ravi Kiran; Daryaei, Hossein; Krishnamurthy, Kathiravan; Edirisinghe, Indika; Burton-Freeman, Britt M

    2014-05-07

    Fruits contain a variety of nutrients and polyphenols that are associated with health benefits. Year-round availability of fresh fruits is limited due to perishability. Processing fruits extends shelf life. Individual quick-frozen fruit is the most common for fruits, but nowadays, processing fruits into beverages offers extended shelf life and new market opportunities. Conventional thermal processing is an effective method for producing safe, extended shelf life, and shelf-stable products, including beverages. However, the high temperatures negatively affect nutritive quality by destroying essential nutrients and biologically active "non-essential" components such as polyphenols. Therefore, novel technologies that can preserve nutrient quality while ensuring food safety are warranted. In this review, the application of high-pressure processing (HPP) for preserving nutrients and phytochemicals while ensuring microbiological safety in beverages and other foods containing fruits is discussed.