Development and Validation of a Colorimetric Sensor Array for Fish Spoilage Monitoring

Mohamed K. K. Morsy, Kinga Zor, Nathalie Kostesha, Tommy Sonne AlstrÝm, Arto Heiskanen, Hassan El-Tanahi, Ashraf Sharoba, Dmitri Papkovsky, Jan Larsen, Hassan Khalaf, Mogens Havsteen Jakobsen, Jenny Emneus

AbstractGiven the need for non-destructive methods and sensors for food spoilage monitoring, we have evaluated
sixteen chemo-sensitive compounds incorporated in an array for colorimetric detection of typical
spoilage compounds (trimethylamine, dimethylamine, cadaverine, putrescine) and characterized their
color changes in response to compounds present in fresh products (hexanal, 1-octane-3-ol) used as
negative controls. The colorimetric sensor array was used to follow fish spoilage over time at room
temperature for up to 24 h as well as at 4 C for 9 days. Additionally, fish decay was monitored using
traditional assays measuring the quantity of thiobarbituric acid, total volatile basic nitrogen, changes in
pH, O2 level, as well as following bacterial growth. We found a linear correlation between changes in pH,
thiobarbituric acid content and the signal intensity recorded with the colorimetric array over time.
During spoilage, the increase in signal intensity of the chemo-sensitive compounds showed a similar
trend as the increase in microbial growth. We observed that the sensitivity of the chemo-sensitive
compounds depends on the spoilage conditions (room temperature vs. 4 C), highlighting the importance
of the application of an array instead of single chemo-sensitive compounds when following
complex changes during food spoilage.
TypeJournal paper [With referee]
JournalFood Control
Year2016    Month February    Vol. 60    pp. 346-352
NoteAvailable online 31 July 2015
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IMM Group(s)Intelligent Signal Processing

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