This study was carried out to assess the quality changes and shelf-life of dried chili fish paste treated with 0.1% sodium benzoate (SB) and stored in various packaging containers, including polypropylene (PP+SB), polyethylene-terephthalate (PET+SB), and LLDPE-aluminum Ziplock bag (ZL+SB) during 20-week storage at room temperature (25-28°C) compared with samples without preservatives (PP, PET, and ZL). The result found that samples treated with 0.1% SB exhibited slower rate of quality changes throughout storage, including pH, browning index, oxidation products, as well as microorganisms, etc. These samples can store at room temperature for at least 20 weeks without any spoilage. Moreover, the sensorial scores of them, assessed by 50 untrained panelists who were familiar with this product, were more than 7.0 in all aspects, for example, color, flavor, and texture. In contrast, samples without preservatives, which revealed the higher rate of the changes in all quality characteristics, underwent spoilage during 20-week storage...

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