The influence of transport time and storage of smoked meat by traditional method on the content of a total four-aelative hydrocarbon aromatic hydrocarbons

  • Karolina Choroszy Rzeszow University of Technology
  • Krzysztof Tereszkiewicz Rzeszow University of Technology
Keywords: polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, food transport, transport time, storage conditions, sausages, WWA


The transport of food products is one of the main stages in the food chain. Each type of food product needs to be adjusted to the conditions of transport of its specific. Traditionally smoked meats are products that should receive special care during rotation due to the fast evaporating water which, after prolonged transport and storage, may lead to an increase in the content of harmful PAH compounds. One of the factors determining their formation are time and conditions of storage and transport. EU legislation clearly specifies the amount of total benzo (a) pyrene, chrysene, benzo (a) anthracene, benzo (b) fluoranthene and benzo (a) pyrene and the safety practices of food transport companies. Despite high achievements and improvement of food safety, there are exceeded maximum limits of PAH compounds due to too long transport and storage time. The article discusses the risks of increased contamination with compounds from the PAH group in transport and during storage. It is shown that long-distance transport and storage of smoked sausages traditionally causes a slight increase in the concentration of the sum of 4 PAHs and BaP. The time of transport and storage of cold meats in refrigeration conditions also causes water loss, which results in drying of the surface and loss of the bar weight


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