Catfish Case Study

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1. Introduction High losses reported in the postharvest cycle of catfish (Clarias gariepinus) in Nigeria, estimated at 30-50% due largely to inefficient preservation and storage techniques (Tesfay and Teferi, 2017) calls for a great concern in the field of food technology that has its goals geared towards food security. Although nutritionally and economically valued, catfish is highly perishable and requires immediate processing and proper storage during pumper harvest to preserve the quality for future use and minimise the huge postharvest losses associated with this food of high protein source. Presently in Nigeria, smoking is the commonest curing method for the whole catfish (Abolagba and Nuntah, 2011; Olayemi et al., 2015),…show more content…
Although microbial infiltration to food can occur at every process from the raw material and poor handling during processing, any pathogen introduced at any point can develop and grow during storage. Therefore, processing treatments and choice of packaging can influence the survival of these organisms in the stored food (FDA, 2001). Consequently, seeking an improved processing and preservation technique like effective dehydration and adequate packaging to ameliorate the problem of microbial deterioration in dried fish during storage cannot be…show more content…
Hence, the determination of microbial load remains the major indicator for the safety of the product (Relekar et al., 2014). Therefore, the objective of this work was to establish an effective treatment and adequate packaging material for dehydrated catfish and assess the storage stability of the body and head parts through the determination of microbial
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