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Detecting Poultry Contamination

posted on September 19, 2003

Detecting poultry contamination.

The Agricultural Research Service has patented a system that detects minute contaminants on the surface of poultry.

The system uses hyperspectral imaging to scan the surface of a poultry carcass, locating hard-to-detect contaminants such as feces and recently ingested materials that may be hidden in shadowed areas of the birds.

Scientists say the equipment was tested at a rate of 140 birds per minute ... the same processing speeds in U.S. poultry plants.


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