Nutritional quality, safety and sensory properties of smoked tench (Tinca tinca) pâté from Trasimeno Lake, Italy


The present study evaluated the safety, nutritional and sensory properties of fish pâtés made from smoked tench (Tinca tinca) pulp. Two formulations of tench pâté were produced, one of which included olive oil and the other contained mascarpone cheese. The prepared pâté jars were thermally treated according to the method applied in the canning industry. The inactivation of Clostridium botulinum during thermal treatment was determined through a challenge test study, demonstrating the complete depletion of targeted bacteria. Tench pâtés showed high nutritional properties, especially the formulation with olive oil, which was characterised by lower contents of cholesterol and saturated fatty acids and a high level of monounsaturated fatty acids. The two experimental formulations possessed a specific sensory profile, due to the ingredients incorporated into the products. Consumers’ evaluation established differences in the acceptance of the two products: the formulation with added olive oil was more appreciated by consumers, who displayed a higher purchase intent for this product. The study suggests that minced smoked tench is not only a promising ingredient for pâté production but that it also represents a value-added product able to contribute to freshwater food consumption.



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support for this research was provided by Umbria Region, PSR, Mis. 1.2.4. Il Paté Omega 3 del Trasimeno Buono e Sicuro
Challenge test study, Fish pâté, Nutritional declaration, Consumer preference
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Branciari R, Roila R, Valiani A, Ranucci D, Ortenzi R, Miraglia D, Bailetti L, Franceschini R. Nutritional quality, safety and sensory properties of smoked tench (Tinca tinca) pâté from Trasimeno Lake, Italy. Ital J Food Safety [Internet]. 2019Sep.30 [cited 2021Oct.17];8(3). Available from:

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