Impact of Gamma Irradiation on Control of Microorganisms in Export Oriented Moringa (Moringa Oleifera) Powder and Flakes

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dc.contributor.author Karunanayake, K.M.S.P.L.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-10-25T07:22:48Z
dc.date.available 2021-10-25T07:22:48Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.other UWU/EAG/14/0037
dc.identifier.uri http://www.erepo.lib.uwu.ac.lk/bitstream/handle/123456789/7360/EAG%2014%20037-12022021093558.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
dc.description.abstract Moringa (Moringa oliefera) has a growing demand in export market mainly due to its health benefits. The study was carried out to evaluate the effect of different gamma irradiation doses to physical parameters and microbial quality of export oriented Moringa powder and flakes in Sri Lanka. Homogenized Moringa samples were collected from a particular exporter. Samples were irradiated at doses of 0 kGy, 2 kGy, 4 kGy, 6 kGy, 8 kGy and 10 kGy by industrial Co-60 gamma irradiator at dose rate 5.3 Gy min-1. Under physical parameters, water activity, moisture content, color and infusion color (AE value based on L*, a*, b* in Hunter color scale) were measured for each of the treatment. Under microbial safety, total plate count, yeast and mold count and coliform counts were done. All treatments were replicated in three times. Average moisture content of irradiated Moringa powder and flakes were 6.32+0.04% and 6.09+0.03% respectively. Average water activity of irradiated Moringa powder was 0.41+0.00 and irradiated Moringa flakes was 0.44+0.03. Mean values of color and infusion color of irradiated Moringa powder and flakes were not significantly different (P<0.05) with the control sample. In total plate count both irradiated Moringa powder and flakes showed significant reduction in dose dependent manner. No Yeast and Mold counts were observed in all the treated samples. Escherichia coli were identified in 0 kGy and 2 kGy samples only. It is concluded that the 6 KGy was better for Moringa flake and 8 kGy was better for Moringa powder for microbial safety, while preserving the physical quality. Key words: Moringa powder, Moringa flake, Gamma irradiation, Dose, Microbial safety, Quality changes en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries ;UWU/EAG/14/0037
dc.subject Export Agriculture Degree Programme (EAG) en_US
dc.title Impact of Gamma Irradiation on Control of Microorganisms in Export Oriented Moringa (Moringa Oleifera) Powder and Flakes en_US
dc.title.alternative Research Article – EAG 2014 en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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