Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Williams, J. Byron

Committee Member

Hood, Anna F.

Committee Member

Swortzel, Kirk A.

Committee Member

Schilling, M. 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 impact on fresh Italian pork sausage links using commercial pork trimmings. Treatments included: 2.5% acetic acid (48.5%) –sodium lactate mixture (51.5%) (V), 2.5% sodium lactate (60% solids) (S), control –0.02% BHA/BHT (B) and negative control –seasoning only (C). Analysis over storage included total plate count (TPC), oxidative rancidity (TBARS), sensory analysis (descriptive and consumer), cooking loss, pH, and color. The S and V treatments had lower TPC (P<0.05) from days 5 through 14 when compared to B and C. TBARS values increased (P<0.05) for treatments C, S, and V while B was did not change (P>0.05) over time. While CIE a* surface values for redness generally decreased over time for all treatments, treatment B maintained more redness over the storage period. Of consumers tested, 85.6% rated all treatments between like slightly and like very much.