Effects of halothane genotype and pre-slaughter treatment on pig meat quality. Part 2. Physico-chemical traits of cured-cooked ham and sensory traits of cured-cooked and dry-cured hams

Meat science (GBR), 2002, V 62, n° 4, décembre, p.439-446, 8 p., en anglais, par Fernandez X et al.

Effets du génotype halothane et de traitement pré-abattage sur la qualité de la viande de porc. Partie 2 : caractéristiques physico-chimiques du jambon cuit et caractéristiques sensorielles des jambons cuit et sec


Forty-eight castrated F2 offspring of Piétrain and Large White pigs were allocated to a 3×2 factorial design in order to study the interactive effect of halothane genotype (NN, Nn and nn) and pre-slaughter treatment (referred to as ’Experimental’ (EXP) and ’Commercial-like’ (COL) conditions; the latter involving short transportation, mixing unfamiliar pigs and slaughtering shortly after transport) on the qualities of cured-cooked and dry-cured hams. At 24 h post mortem, the hams were collected and assigned to cured-cooked (right ham) and dry-cured (left ham) ham processing. A sample of M. semimembranosus (SM) was collected before cooked ham processing, was used for chemical composition analysis, cured and then cooked at various temperatures. Cooking losses and compression tests were carried out after cooking on these SM samples. The water and collagen content of SM muscle was significantly higher in nn pigs compared with the two other genotypes. At all cooking temperatures (60, 65 and 70 °C), SM muscles from nn pigs showed higher cooking losses and instrumentally assessed toughness than the other genotypes, the heterozygous pigs being intermediate. The technological yield of cured-cooked ham processing was lower in nn, compared with NN and Nn animals. Cooked hams from nn pigs were drier, tougher, stringier and less smooth than NN and Nn pigs. The heterozygous pigs were similar to normal pigs for all texture characteristics with the exception of toughness for which they got a significantly higher score than NN pigs. The pigs slaughtered under the COL conditions had a better slice cohesiveness and a significantly lower dryness, than pigs slaughtered under the EXP conditions. The effect of HAL genotype on slice cohesiveness was significant only when pigs were slaughtered under the EXP conditions. Dry-cured hams from nn pigs showed significantly more visual defects, but were less tough, smoother and more fondant (softer) than NN and Nn pigs. The dry-cured hams from pigs slaughtered under the COL conditions had a better cohesiveness between muscles and a more intense yellow colour of fat than those from pigs slaughtered under the EXP conditions. COL pigs were also judged significantly less tough, smoother and more fondant than EXP ones. Overall, the effects of pre-slaughter treatment were small compared with those of the HAL genotype. The effects of HAL genotype on the sensory traits of cured-cooked ham were similar to those reported for fresh meat. However, the good textural characteristics of dry-cured ham processed from HAL positive pigs are somewhat surprising and need to be confirmed.