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1 December 2011 Oxidative stability in grinds from omega-3 enhanced pork
M. Juárez, M. E. R. Dugan, I. L. Larsen, R. Thacker, D. C. Rolland, J. L. Aalhus
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Juárez, M., Dugan, M. E. R., Larsen, I. L., Thacker, R., Rolland, D. C. and Aalhus, J. L. 2011. Oxidative stability in grinds from omega-3 enhanced pork. Can. J. Anim. Sci. 91: 623-634. In order to investigate the effect of enhancing n-3 fatty acid levels in carcasses on the retail and sensory characteristics of pork grinds, as well as the ability of increasing dietary levels of vitamin E to stabilize the increase in PUFA levels from flaxseed supplementation, 81 pigs were used in a 3×3 factorial experiment. Dietary treatments included three lengths of time (0, 3 and 6 wk) of flaxseed supplementation and three levels of vitamin E (40, 200 and 400 mg kg feed-1). α-Tocopherol tissue levels increased with dietary vitamin E supplementation (P<0.001), and fat softness (P=0.018) and total PUFA and n-3 fatty acids (P<0.001) increased with flaxseed supplementation. Most other animal performance, carcass and lean pork quality traits were not affected (P>0.05) by dietary treatments. In ground pork, the increase in TBARS after 6 d in retail was lower (P<0.001) with increasing dietary vitamin E levels. However, vitamin E had no effect (P>0.05) on the higher (P<0.001) TBARS levels observed in grinds from flaxseed fed pigs. The dietary addition of flaxseed negatively modified (P<0.05) all the sensory attributes of both cooked and reheated products. Increasing the fat content of the grinds up to 30% seemed to counteract (P>0.05) the negative effects of feeding flaxseed for 3 wk. Feeding vitamin E was not able to prevent negative effects (P<0.05) observed during retail display in grinds with either increasing fat content or higher n-3 fatty acids from dietary flaxseed. However, increasing dietary vitamin E only showed a protective effect (P<0.05) on retail appearance after long periods of ageing.

M. Juárez, M. E. R. Dugan, I. L. Larsen, R. Thacker, D. C. Rolland, and J. L. Aalhus "Oxidative stability in grinds from omega-3 enhanced pork," Canadian Journal of Animal Science 91(4), 623-634, (1 December 2011).
Received: 2 June 2011; Accepted: 1 August 2011; Published: 1 December 2011

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