Odour quality of spray-dried hens' egg powders: the influence of composition, processing and storage conditions.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Food Chem, Volume 138, Issue 2-3, p.905-14 (2013)


Animals, Chickens, Eggs, Food Handling, Food Storage, Humans, Odors, Powders, Smell, Taste


<p>This study aimed to determine whether compositional or processing parameters have an influence on the odour quality of egg powders. The parameters tested were: whole egg vs. egg yolk, polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) enrichment, spray-drying temperature (160°C vs. 180°C), production scale (industrial vs. pilot plant), storage temperature (15°C vs. 30°C) and time (1, 2, 4 and 8 months). The quality of egg powders was evaluated by sensory analysis using free sorting, and by gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry and olfactometry. PUFA enrichment and spray-drying temperature do not affect the odour of egg yolk powders. There are significant differences between the odour of whole-egg and egg-yolk powders as well as between powders produced on an industrial scale or in a pilot plant. An increase in the odour intensity of egg powders was observed during storage, while unpleasant odours were perceived when the egg powders were stored at 30°C.</p>