Evaluating the impacts of selected packaging materials on the quality attributes of cassava flour (cvs. TME 419 and UMUCASS 36)


Umezuruike Linus Opara, Oluwafemi J. Caleb, and Amarachi D. Uchechukwu-Agua


Journal of food science. 81,2 (2016) C324-C331


Carotenoids. Microbial safety. Packaging. Postharvest.


The influence of packaging materials (plastic bucket, low density polyethylene [LDPE] bags and paper bags) on quality attributes of the flour of 2 cassava cultivars (TME 419 and UMUCASS 36) stored at 23 ± 2 °C and 60% relative humidity (RH) were investigated for 12 wk. Cassava flour from each package type was evaluated for proximate composition, physicochemical properties and microbial growth at 4‐wk intervals. Total color difference (∆E) of both cassava flour cultivars increased with storage duration. Flour packed in plastic bucket had the lowest change in color (3.2 ± 0.42) for cv. “TME 419ˮ and (4.1 ± 0.87) for cv. “UMUCASS 36ˮ at the end of week 12. Total carotenoid decreased across all treatment, and after the 12 wk storage, the highest total carotenoid retention (1.7 ± 0.02 and 2.0 ± 0.05 μg/mL) was observed in flour packed in plastic bucket. However, cassava flour in paper bag had the lowest microbial count of 3.4 ± 0.03 and 3.4 ± 0.08 log cfu/g for total aerobic mesophilic bacteria and fungi, respectively