A camera may soon be replacing beef carcass graders on the line. Colorado State University researchers have developed an optical device called BEEFCAM that uses both video imaging and color measurement to grade carcass beef. In as little as six seconds, the a computer analyses the data and grades the meat as prime, select or choice.
BEEFCAM developers claim the device grades consistently every time. Studies show that while people can grade just as quickly as BEEFCAM, human accuracy suffers after grading 400 carcasses in a day.