Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Food Science and Technology, Agriculture Faculty, Islamic Azad University, Nour Branch, Nour, Iran

2 Department of Veterinary, Agriculture Faculty, Islamic Azad University, Chalous Branch, Chalous, Iran

3 Department of Engineering Research, West Azerbaijan Agricultural and Natural Resources Research and Education Center, AREEO, Urmia, Iran

4 Department of Food Science and Technology, Agriculture Faculty, Urmia University, Urmia, Iran


Chicken fillet is a suitable medium for growth and activity of different types of microorganisms. The pH and nutrients content of fillets are the most important factors in their microbial spoilage and degradation during cold storage at the retail level. In this regard, the uses of edible coatings containing antimicrobial and antioxidant compounds are effective approaches to maintain the quality of fillets. In this study the inhibitory effect of edible coating materials based on chia seed mucilage containing 0.00%, 0.25% and 0.50% zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO-NPs) on microbial growth and chemical spoilage as well as enhancing shelf life of chicken fillets during refrigerated storage for 20 days was investigated. The results of X-Ray diffraction confirmed the dispersion of ZnO-NPs on the chia seed mucilage matrix. Also, the number of total aerobic mesophilic and psychrophilic bacteria, coliforms and lactic acid bacteria, and the pH, total volatile nitrogen, peroxide and free fatty acids indexes in the control fillets were significantly increased compared to the fillets coated with chia seed mucilage during storage. While, in the samples coated with chia mucilage containing ZnO-NPs the number of the above-mentioned bacteria decreased in the first stage and then significantly increased during storing. Based on our findings, the shelf life of fillets could be increased at least 20 days by coating them with the chia seed mucilage containing ZnO-NPs.


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