A decade of sulfite control in Serbian meat industry and the effect of HACCP
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In total 7,351 meat preparations and fresh processed meat products were analyzed from 555 different Serbian meat producers over a 10 year period, 4½ years before and 5½ years after mandatory HACCP implementation. From the obtained results, it could be concluded that HACCP has contributed to a better alignment of practices with the legal provisions. The share of non-compliant samples dropped from 18.6% before HACCP to 8.3% after its mandatory implementation. Average sulfite concentrations for all categories of meat preparations and fresh processed meat products decreased by 43%, declining from 33.6 mg kg-1 to 19.3 mg kg-1. Typical misuse and frequent abuse of sulfites was independent of a season. Application of HACCP principles in the Serbian meat industry raised awareness about the misuse of sulfites and contributed to a better control, minimizing exposure to sulfites.
Keywords:Sulfite / Meat preparations / Meat products / HACCP / Serbia
Source:Food Additives and Contaminants Part B: Surveillance, 2018, 11, 1, 49-53
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