Fisheries Science

, Volume 85, Issue 1, pp 247–257 | Cite as

Effect of nitrogen gas packaging on odor development in yellowtail Seriola quinqueradiata muscle during ice storage

  • Kaori Kitabayashi
  • Shota TanimotoEmail author
  • Haruka Kikutani
  • Tomoko Ohkita
  • Ryota Mabuchi
  • Mitsuya Shimoda
Original Article Food Science and Technology


We investigated the effect of nitrogen gas packaging (NGP) on the odor, lipid oxidation, and browning of yellowtail fish meat during cold storage. NGP decreased the browning of yellowtail dark muscle (DM) and prevented lipid oxidation in DM during storage. NGP also suppressed the increase in volatile compounds, mainly generated from DM, in yellowtail fish meat during storage. Principal component analysis (PCA) of volatiles showed that the samples of DM after storage in air were clearly separated from the other samples by PC1. Many volatiles such as (E, E)-2,4-hexadienal had higher PC1 factor loadings and their increases in stored DM were repressed by NGP. As determined by gas chromatography–olfactometry, the number of odors sensed from DM after storage in nitrogen gas decreased compared to those before storage. Although, the sensory scores of all evaluated items of DM after storage in air increased significantly, those of DM stored in nitrogen gas showed no significant increase after storage. These findings indicate that NGP is effective for preventing the quality deterioration (odor change, lipid oxidation, and browning) of yellowtail fish meat during cold storage.


Nitrogen gas packaging Odor change Volatile Yellowtail Dark muscle 



This study was supported in part by a Grant-in-Aid (grant number 16K00822 and 25350100) for Scientific Research from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kaori Kitabayashi
    • 1
  • Shota Tanimoto
    • 2
    Email author
  • Haruka Kikutani
    • 3
  • Tomoko Ohkita
    • 2
  • Ryota Mabuchi
    • 2
  • Mitsuya Shimoda
    • 4
  1. 1.Faculty of Health and NutritionHijiyama UniversityHiroshimaJapan
  2. 2.Faculty of Human Culture and SciencePrefectural University of HiroshimaHiroshimaJapan
  3. 3.Graduate School of Comprehensive Scientific ResearchPrefectural University of HiroshimaHiroshimaJapan
  4. 4.Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Faculty of AgricultureKyushu UniversityFukuokaJapan

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