Special Issue "Safety and Quality of Meat and Meat Products"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Science and Technology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 January 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Elena Sofia Inguglia
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Guest Editor
Department of Food Quality and Sensory Science, Teagasc Food Research Institute, D15 KN3K Dublin, Ireland
Interests: novel processing technologies; non-thermal processing; salt reduction; novel food; food preservation; novel ingredients
Dr. Marcia Oliveira
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Guest Editor
Department of Food Hygiene and Technology and Institute of Food Science and Technology, University of León, 24071 León, Spain
Interests: microbiological food safety; novel antimicrobial agents and approaches; biopreservation; green and sustainable intervention technologies

Special Issue Information

Fresh meat and meat products are a food category at high risk of microbiological contamination; the development of alternative preservation and processing methods, both in fresh and meat products, has been attracting the interest of both industry and consumers. In this regard, there is growing attention towards the use of more natural ingredients and a reduction in preservatives (NaCl, nitrites, etc.), while maintaining a high standard of food quality and safety. Furthermore, attention has also been given to the development of rapid microbiological tools in order to accurately verify and guarantee the safety of meat and meat products, improving the use of risk-based approaches.

In this Special Issue, we encourage the submission of contributions, either research papers or reviews, about different aspects of the quality and microbiological safety of meat and meat products, with special focus on the following:


  • Advances in the use of novel and functional ingredients to improve the quality and safety of products;
  • Novel meat quality evaluation techniques;
  • Microbiological hazards in meat and meat products;
  • Emerging technologies to detect and quantify pathogenic, spoilage microorganisms, and toxins in meat and meat products;
  • Advances in techniques to inactive pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms in meat and meat products;
  • Advances in techniques to prolong the shelf life of meat and meat products;
  • Techniques for predicting meat quality and safety;
  • Meat decontamination methods;
  • Application of starter and protective cultures in the meat industry;
  • Contribution of chemical additives to meat product quality, palatability, shelf life, and safety;
  • Detection and prevention of lipid oxidation on meat products

Dr. Elena Sofia Inguglia
Dr. Marcia Oliveira
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Food processing
  • Preservation
  • Functional meat products
  • Hurdle technology in meat processing
  • Meat quality and safety
  • Natural antioxidants in meat products
  • New preservation techniques
  • Probiotic meat products
  • Enhancing shelf life

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Determination of Eleven Veterinary Drugs in Chicken Meat and Liver
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(18), 8731; https://doi.org/10.3390/app11188731 - 18 Sep 2021
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Brazil chicken production is around 13 million tons and about a third is exported to over 150 countries, placing Brazil as the world largest chicken meat producer, and therefore it is crucial to follow the legislation of all importer markets. This study conducted [...] Read more.
Brazil chicken production is around 13 million tons and about a third is exported to over 150 countries, placing Brazil as the world largest chicken meat producer, and therefore it is crucial to follow the legislation of all importer markets. This study conducted a survey by chance in 45 meat industries able to export. Therefore, 2580 chicken meat samples were collected and submitted to 11 analyte extraction and chromatographic verification of compliance in an accredited laboratory. Ten chemical residues (amoxicillin, bacitracin, colistin, dinitolmide + zoalene, spectinomycin, roxarsone, tiamulin, tylosin, trenbolone acetate and virginiamycin) were investigated in chicken meat and one (halofuginone hydrobromide) in chicken liver. The results showed that no compound exceeded the maximum residue limits established by seven legislations. All residue concentrations found were below the method quantification limit, thereby confirming the capability of Brazilian chicken meat industries in complying to foreign markets. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Safety and Quality of Meat and Meat Products)
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