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Title: Muscle pH and temperature changes in hot- and cold-deboned ostrich (Struthio camelus var. domesticus) Muscularis gastrocnemius, pars interna and Muscularis iliofibularis during the first 23 h post-mortem
Authors: Hoffman, Louwrens C 
Britz, Trevor J 
Botha, Sune C 
Keywords: Hot-deboning;Minimum pH;Ostrich;pH decline;Temperature decline
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: Cold-shortening is the response when muscles are exposed to temperatures below 10 C with a pH > 6.20. The course of pH within hot-deboned and intact ostrich M. gastrocnemius, pars interna and M. iliofibularis were followed for the first 23–24 h post-mortem to investigate the changes in pH as well as to determine the point of minimum pH for ostrich muscles post-mortem. The hot-deboned muscles took longer to reach the point of minimum pH than the intact muscles. There was no significant (P = 0.4508) difference in the minimum pH (5.91 ± 0.26) between the hot-deboned and the intact muscles. It was concluded that both the M. gastrocnemius, pars interna and the M. iliofibularis reached a pH < 6.20 early post-mortem with muscle temperatures above 10 C; and therefore showed no risk of cold-shortening if these muscles were to be hot-deboned 2–4 h post-mortem.
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