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Foods 2015, 4(3), 487-500; doi:10.3390/foods4030487

Infant Milk Formulas: Effect of Storage Conditions on the Stability of Powdered Products towards Autoxidation

Dipartimento di Chimica e Tecnologie del Farmaco, Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”, Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, 00185 Rome, Italy
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Academic Editor: Nazanin Zand
Received: 30 July 2015 / Revised: 8 September 2015 / Accepted: 15 September 2015 / Published: 22 September 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Infant and Child Nutrition and Foods)
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Thirty samples of powdered infant milk formulas containing polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) have been stored at four different temperatures (20, 28, 40 and 55 °C) and periodically monitored for their malondialdehyde (MDA) content up to one year. MDA levels ranged between 250 and 350 ng/kg in sealed samples with a maximum of 566 ng/kg in samples stored at 28 °C for three weeks after opening of their original packages, previously maintained for ten months at 20 °C. Sample stored at 40° and 55 °C were also submitted to CIE (Commission Internationale de l’Eclairage) colorimetric analysis, since color is the first sensorial property that consumers may evaluate. Overall, the results demonstrated a good stability of PUFA-enriched infant milk formulas in terms of MDA content. However, some care has to be paid when these products are not promptly consumed and stored for a long time after first opening. View Full-Text
Keywords: infant milk formulas; shelf-life; lipid peroxidation; malondialdehyde; colorimetry infant milk formulas; shelf-life; lipid peroxidation; malondialdehyde; colorimetry

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Cesa, S.; Casadei, M.A.; Cerreto, F.; Paolicelli, P. Infant Milk Formulas: Effect of Storage Conditions on the Stability of Powdered Products towards Autoxidation. Foods 2015, 4, 487-500.

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