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In the industrial practice Howard mould count (Howard, 1911) is used for the estimation of mould contamination of foods. It was developed originally for the investigation of mould contamination of tomato purée. It is also used nowadays for quality control purposes for other food products as well. Recently this constitutes the basis of the acceptance of the finished products in international trade. This technique demands experts with a lot of practice and morphological proficiency. The investigation makes use of eyes and so the tiredness of the investigator can cause uncertainties.The possibility of other methods for the determination of mould contamination of tomato purée was investigated to replace the Howard method. The NIR technique — as a rapid, non-destructive, reagentless and accurate method — was anticipated as a suitable method for the mentioned purpose. Canned tomato purée had been allowed to become mouldy then the sample was blended with non-mouldy samples in different ratio, so a series of tomato purées containing known amounts of mouldy purée was prepared. Howard mould counts and ergosterol content — another mould contamination relating value — was used as reference for NIR calibration.At quantitative investigation better results were obtained using ergosterol values. The best correlation coefficient (R=0.93) and the smallest standard error of calibration (SEC=0.008 mg g−1 ergosterol) was achieved with triangular smoothing and second derivation of the spectra. At qualitative investigation Polar Qualification System (PQS) was used. Clusters between samples with low and high ergosterol levels could be separated.

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The extractable (ASTA) colour retention of four different milled spice paprikas was evaluated at 10, 20, 35, 50, and 60 °C storage temperature. The ASTA colour stability during long-term storage period strongly depended on the temperature, primary handling and drying of the fresh crop, and the applied production technology. The cooled (10 °C) or temperature-controlled (20 °C) conditions appeared to be a reasonable solution to preserve the quality of paprika powder. The kinetics study on the temperature dependence of ASTA colour loss estimated the apparent reaction order, rate constants, predicted half-life times and activation energy. The Q10 approach and shelf life-plot resulted in useful data, which can be suitable for quick and economical evaluation of further spice paprika products.

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Acta Alimentaria
G. BujdosÓ
M. Tóth-Markus
H. Daood
N. Adányi
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P. Szentiványi

Eight registered Hungarian walnut cultivars were tested for composition and sensory properties. The samples were collected at the Experimental Fields of the Research Institute for Fruitgrowing and Ornamentals in Érd-Elvira major. Proximate composition, fatty acids, minerals (P, Na, Ca, Mg, Ca, Fe and Se), polyphenols and vitamins (C, E) were determined in four consecutive years 2003–2006. The tested cultivars have an oil content, which falls within the upper range of the literature values. Polyphenols, iron and selenium contents are also high while the values for potassium and phosphorus are in the lower part of the given range. In our case, the crop years make a larger difference in the composition than the cultivars. Tiszacsécsi 83 is the only cultivar slightly differing from the others in lower mineral and protein content.

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Tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicon L.) are one of the most important and most widely consumed vegetables in the world. The fruit contains considerable amount of different phytonutrients such as carotenoids, tocopherols, and vitamin C. In the present work, effects of some abiotic factors on the concentration of phytonutrients were investigated in tomato cultivated in two different types of soil. It was found that the type of soil had slight effect on the most important vital nutrients, while the ecological factors, particularly precipitation and average temperature 3 weeks before harvest, were of significant influence on such nutrients. It was found that low temperature and high precipitation before harvest caused the levels of carotenoids, tocopherol, and vitamin C to significantly increase by 65%, 46%, and 28%, respectively.

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