CONTROLLED ATMOSPHERE SYSTEM LABORATORY STUDIES ON TOMATOES
ARMY NATICK LABS MA FOOD LAB
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Laboratory tests were conducted to determine the effect of low-oxygen controlled atmosphere which is carbon dioxide free on tomatoes. Storage periods approximating the extended overseas distribution time of 3 to 8 weeks as required for military shipments were used. The tests showed that the use of low oxygen controlled atmosphere would lead to significant reductions in spoilage, inhibition of black spot type rot similar to Alternaria rot, improvements in tomato quality, and as much as 2 weeks additional storage life, when compared with tomatoes initially stored in air at the same optimum 50F.-55F. temperatures. Data developed in this investigation indicate that improved tomato yields on overseas shipments of tomatoes may be anticipated to be more than enough to defray the additional cost of such a system, for shipping fresh produce in refrigerated containers at low levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide.
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