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Taints and Off-Flavours in Foods

Off-flavours and taints are defined as unpleasant odours or tastes, the first resulting from the natural deterioration of a food, the second from its contamination by some other chemical. Both are major problems for the food industry. With its distinguished editor and international team of contributors, this important collection describes some of the most important causes of taints and off-flavours, how they can be identified and dealt with.

The book begins with chapters on sensory and instrumental methods for detecting and analysing taints and off-flavours in food. There are chapters on two of the most common causes of taints: packaging and residues from cleaning and disinfection. A number of chapters discuss the various causes of off-flavours, from those caused by microbial action and oxidation to those caused by the Maillard reaction and interactions between food components.

With its authoritative coverage, Taints and off-flavours in food is a standard work for the food industry.

The food industry

Hardbound, 216 Pages

Published: April 2003

Imprint: Woodhead Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-85573-449-4


  • ...provides a good introduction to the subject of taints and off-flavours., Food Science and Technology


  • Sensory analytical methods in detecting taints and off-flavours in food; Instrumental methods in detecting taints and off-flavours; Packaging materials as a source of taints; Microbiologically derived off-flavours; Oxidative rancidity as a source of off-flavours; The Maillard reaction as a source of off-flavours; Off-flavours due to interactions between food components; Taints from cleaning and disinfecting agents.


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