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Title: Sorbic acid interaction with sulphur dioxide in model food systems
Author: Namor, Omar G.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3439 3859
Awarding Body: University of Surrey
Current Institution: University of Surrey
Date of Award: 1987
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Sorbic acid and sulphur dioxide are often used together, as preservatives,in many foods. Sorbic acid is known to undergo degradation in aqueous solutions, and this degradation appears to be accelerated in the presence of sulphur dioxide. The interaction between sorbic acid and sulphur dioxide is the subject of this thesis. The work is subdivided into five chapters, as follows: The first chapter deals with the chemistry of sorbic acid acid and sulphur dioxide. The second chapter describes a study of the degradation products of sorbic acid, in aqueous systems, in the presence of sulphur dioxide and a possible mechanism for the occurrence of these products is proposed. Chapter three deals with the preparation and degradation of 6-[[13]C] sorbic acid in order to find evidence for, or against, the mechanism proposed in chapter two. It also gives details of syntheses attempted in order to obtain 6-[[13]C] sorbic acid. The interaction of sorbic acid and sulphur dioxide in real food systems is the subject of the fourth chapter. The food systems studied were mayonnaise, tomato puree, orange juice and cottage cheese. The effect of packaging on the rate of degradation of sorbic acid was also investigated. The final chapter deals with a microbiological study of two homologues of sorbic acid, 2,4-heptadienoic acid, 2,4-octadienoic acid. The fungicidal activity of these two compounds, towards selected fungi, was analysed. 4-0xobut-2-enoic acid, a degradation product of sorbic acid in aqueous systems, was also analysed as a possible fungistat.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Food preservative degradation