The overwhelming global demand by consumers for convenience and fresh quality fruit and vegetables, heightens the need for appropriate postharvest technologies. In order to maintain freshness quality attributes, extend the shelf life of fresh/minimally processed produce and reduce postharvest losses. Perforation-mediated modified atmosphere packaging (PM-MAP) offers the benefit of avoiding inpackage anaerobiosis, extending the shelf life and maintaining quality fresh or minimally processed produce. This article presents an overview on the role of postharvest hurdle technologies in food packaging, critical evaluation of MAP and PM-MAP dependent parameters and the role of mathematical models. Furthermore, the successful application of PM-MAP on fresh and minimally processed produce was highlighted and future research prospects and challenges were identified.
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