Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Williams, J. Byron

Committee Member

Martin, M. James

Committee Member

Coggins, C. Patti

Committee Member

Schilling, Wes

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Food Science and Technology

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion


Sodium lactate and acetic acid derivatives were evaluated for their effects on color retention, microbial growth (TPC), oxidation (TBARS), and sensory attributes of hot-boned pork sausage patties that were stored under retail store display conditions over time. Treatments included: (a) 2.5% sodium lactate 60% solids (L), (b) 2.5% buffered vinegar pH 6.5-8.0 (V), (c) 2.5% sodium lactate and vinegar 52/48% mixture (LV), (d) control with 0.02% BHA/BHT (C), and (e) negative control without additives (NC). Overall acceptability of day 17 LV and L treatments were not different (P>0.05) from day 14 treatments. These results revealed that the L and LV sausage patties retained sensory acceptability and microbial quality from day 14 through day 17 as opposed to other treatments. Additionally, sausage patties with 2.5% LV maintained color (redness) and overall acceptability throughout 17 days of shelf-life when held in retail conditions, when compared to other treatments.