3. Modified-Atmosphere Storage of Foods

  1. Rajeev Bhat2,
  2. Abd Karim Alias2 and
  3. Gopinadhan Paliyath3
  1. Osman Erkmen

Published Online: 16 JAN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119962045.ch3

Progress in Food Preservation

Progress in Food Preservation

How to Cite

Erkmen, O. (2012) Modified-Atmosphere Storage of Foods, in Progress in Food Preservation (eds R. Bhat, A. Karim Alias and G. Paliyath), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119962045.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Food Technology Division, School of Industrial Technology, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia

  2. 3

    Department of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada

Author Information

  1. Department of Food Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Gaziantep, Gaziantep, Turkey

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 JAN 2012
  2. Published Print: 10 FEB 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470655856

Online ISBN: 9781119962045



  • active packaging;
  • modified atmosphere;
  • packaging;
  • safety;
  • vacuum packaging


Safety and perishability are the two most important concerns in any food product. Safety is determined by the presence of a pathogen or toxic chemical in the food. Perishability is caused by microbial degradation, enzyme activity and chemical reactions. Foods vary in their perishability depending on their composition, processing, packaging and storage. Modified-atmosphere technologies are to extend shelf life of food products by minimizing the physiological, chemical and microbial decomposition of foods in an atmosphere that is different from the normal composition of air. Modified-atmosphere packaging is used for extending the shelf life of products, ensuring microbial safety, improving the product image, reducing the wastage of a wide range of chilled perishable foods and ambient stability of products. The choice of a particular packaging atmosphere depends on many considerations such as effect on microorganisms, retaining food stability, prevention of oxidative deterioration and inhibition of ripening. The packaging market has been a growing area with the recent packaging systems, such as new developments in packaging materials/ machinery and food-product applications. There is a good potential for modified-atmosphere storage of meat, bakery, dried, dairy and poultry products, and vegetables and fruit.