Abstract: To improve the shelf life of commercial nixtamalized corn dry masa flour (CMF), the modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) was used. Pouches (20 × 20 cm) of ethyl vinyl alcohol (EVOH) with 180 g of CMF were stored at 55 °C, and aw of 0.45; under Light and Dark conditions, antioxidants (0.02% TBHQ), Vacuum, and N2 and CO2, and used as treatments. Thereafter, changes in their linoleic acid (LA) concentration by GC, peroxide (PV), and anisidine values (p-A), which were monitored for 180 d. EVOH showed a significantly lower consumption of LA by autoxidation (11.7%± 0.2% in 117 d) than polyethylene film (70.5%± 0.3% in 113 d) under the same storage temperature. The elimination of oxygen by vacuum in each pouch allowed a low consumption (16.4%± 0.1%) of LA. PV (14.5 ± 0.09 mEq/kg of fat), and p-A (63 ± 0.16 mmol/kg) were low, and generated over 121 d of storage. CMF stored under MAP had 100% protection against oxidation of LA.
Practical Application: A combination of Vacuum and EVOH packaging extended the shelf life of CMF to 108 d with only 10% of LA loss. For retail stores, the EVOH packaging will reduce lipid oxidation of CMF and safety related to off odors and flavors from the oxidation of tortillas will increase dramatically.