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Ion Mobility Spectrometry versus Classical Physico-chemical Analysis for Assessing the Shelf Life of Extra Virgin Olive Oil According to Container Type and Storage Conditions

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posted on 2015-03-04, 00:00 authored by Rocío Garrido-Delgado, M. Mar Dobao-Prieto, Lourdes Arce, Joaquín Aguilar, José L. Cumplido, Miguel Valcárcel
An experimental study was conducted to assess the stability of a single-variety (Arbequina) extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) as a function of container type and storage conditions over a period of 11 months. EVOO quality was assessed by using ion mobility spectrometry (IMS), which provides increased simplicity, expeditiousness, and relative economy. The results were compared with the ones obtained by using the official method based on classical physico-chemical analysis. Bag-in-box, metal, dark glass, clear glass, and polyethylene terephthalate containers holding EVOO were opened on a periodic basis for sampling to simulate domestic use; in parallel, other containers were kept closed until analysis to simulate the storage conditions on market shelves. The results of the physico-chemical and instrumental analyses led to similar conclusions. Thus, samples packaged in bag-in-box containers preserved oil quality for 11 months, better than other container types. The HS-GC-IMS results confirm that 2-heptenal and 1-penten-3-one are two accurate markers of EVOO quality.