Chapter 1

History of Hypobaric Storage

Major events in the history of hypobaric storage are reviewed since its first description by Burg and Burg in 1965/1966. Laboratory studies demonstrated remarkable increases in the storage life of horticultural crops, meat, fish, poultry, and shrimp kept in a saturated low-pressure atmosphere, and between 1976 and 1982 prototype Grumman/Dormavac hypobaric intermodal containers successfully exported horsemeat, pork, asparagus, mangos, papayas, and hanging-lambs. Grumman Corp. and Armour & Co. were awarded the US Food Technology Industrial Achievement award for developing hypobaric transportation and storage systems. However, academic publications described inherent problems with hypobaric storage. The academic ...

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