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Abstract, The Journal of Food Processing and Preservation, 2012

The effects of three whey permeates were investigated as potential natural washing treatment for fresh-cut tomato and compared with chlorine (120 ppm). Whey permeate treated samples resulted in equivalent or better than chlorine for all these attributes. Whey permeates were equally effective as chlorine to control the micro-organisms of fresh-cut tomato during storage. The microbial counts at day 10 were significantly reduced (~1.0 log CFU/g) in all the treated samples compared to the control (water treated) samples. Moreover whey permeate treated fresh-cut tomatoes showed lower water activity (2 %) and POD activities (21%) than chlorinated samples after 10 days of storage. Whey permeate also inhibited the loss of firmness of treated tomato slices. Sensory scores for aroma were significantly higher in whey permeate treated samples than chlorine treated samples. Among the three types of whey permeate, delactosed permeate (DP) showed the best results in maintaining the quality of fresh-cut tomato.