Freshness estimation of intact frozen fish using fluorescence spectroscopy and chemometrics of excitation-emission matrix.

PMID 26078142


The current study attempted to provide a convenient, non-invasive and time-saving method to estimate the freshness of intact horse mackerel (Trachurus japonicus) fish in a frozen state using autofluorescence spectroscopy in tandem with multivariate analysis of fluorescence excitation-emission matrices (EEM). The extracted fluorescence data from different freshness conditions were pretreated, masked and reorganized to resolve fish fluorescence spectra from overlapping signals and scattering profiles for detecting and characterizing freshness changes. The real freshness values of the examined fish samples were then traditionally determined by the hard chemical analysis using the high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method and expressed as K-values. The fluorescence EEM data and the real freshness values were modeled using partial least square (PLS) regression and a novel algorithm was proposed to identify the ideal combinations of excitation and emission wavelengths being used as perfect predictors. The results revealed that freshness of frozen fish could be accurately predicted with R(2) of 0.89 and root mean square error estimated by cross validation (RMSECV) of 9.66%. This work substantially demonstrated that the autofluorescence spectroscopy associated with the proposed technical approaches has a high potential in non-destructive sensing of fish freshness in the frozen state.