WATER‐HOLDING AND COLOR CHARACTERISTICS OF BEEF FROM ELECTRICALLY STIMULATED CARCASSES Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Electrical stimulation (ES) was applied to the right sides of 15 beef carcasses and the corresponding left sides were used as nonstimulated (NS) controls. Data collected included: postexsanguination pH (0.5, 3, 6, 24 h), L, a, and b color values, drip loss, and expressible moisture. Muscles from ES carcasses tended to have more accelerated postmortem pH declines than the corresponding muscles from NS carcasses. M. triceps brachii had a lower pH at 0.5 h (P < 0.05), M. longissimus thoracis had a lower pH at 0.5 h (P = 0.055) and 3 h (P < 0.05), and M. semimembranosus had a lower pH at 0.5 and 3 h (P < 0.05), respectively. Hunter L, a, and b values did not differ within ES and NS treated muscles. Additionally, ES did not influence color values of the M. semimembranosus. ES did not affect drip loss or expressible moisture in beef muscles.

author list (cited authors)

  • McKENNA, D. R., MADDOCK, D., & SAVELL, J. W.

citation count

  • 11

complete list of authors

  • McKENNA, DR||MADDOCK, D||SAVELL, JW

publication date

  • March 2003

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