Effect of packaging materials and storage on major volatile compounds in three Australian native herbs

Chaliha, Mridusmita, Cusack, Andrew, Currie, Margaret, Sultanbawa, Yasmina and Smyth, Heather (2013) Effect of packaging materials and storage on major volatile compounds in three Australian native herbs. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 61 24: 5738-5745. doi:10.1021/jf400845t

Author Chaliha, Mridusmita
Cusack, Andrew
Currie, Margaret
Sultanbawa, Yasmina
Smyth, Heather
Title Effect of packaging materials and storage on major volatile compounds in three Australian native herbs
Journal name Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0021-8561
Publication date 2013-06-19
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1021/jf400845t
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 61
Issue 24
Start page 5738
End page 5745
Total pages 8
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Chemical Society
Language eng
Subject 1600 Chemistry
1100 Agricultural and Biological Sciences
Abstract Lemon myrtle, anise myrtle, and Tasmanian pepper leaf are commercial Australian native herbs with a high volatile or essential oil content. Packaging of the herbs in high- or low-density polyethylene (HDPE and LDPE) has proven to be ineffective in preventing a significant loss of volatile components on storage. This study investigates and compares the effectiveness of alternate high-barrier property packaging materials, namely, polyvinylidene chloride coated polyethylene terephthalate/casted polypropylene (PVDC coated PET/CPP) and polyethylene terephthalate/polyethylene terephthalate/ aluminum foil/linear low-density polyethylene (PET/PET/Foil/LLDPE), in prevention of volatile compound loss from the three native herbs stored at ambient temperature for 6 months. Concentrations of major volatiles were monitored using gas chromatography−mass spectrometry (GC-MS) techniques. After 6 months of storage, the greatest loss of volatiles from lemon myrtle was observed in traditional LDPE packaging (87% loss) followed by storage in PVDC coated PET/CPP (58% loss) and PET/PET/Foil/LLDPE (loss of 23%). The volatile loss from anise myrtle and Tasmanian pepper leaf stored in PVDC coated PET/CPP and PET/PET/Foil/LLDPE packaging was <30%. This study clearly indicates the importance of selecting the correct packaging material to retain the quality of herbs with high volatile content.
Keyword Australian native herbs
Lemon myrtle
Anise myrtle
Tasmanian pepper leaves
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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