Specifically the Research Unit’s Objectives are:
Automated Fecal Detection and Selective Processing System for Contaminated Poultry Carcasses
To develop an Automated Fecal Detection and Selective Processing System for real-time cleaning of contaminated poultry carcasses from poultry processing lines; to develop camera and lighting enclosures and carcass presentation system; to automate the Fecal Detection System (FDS) with a commercially acceptable level of accuracy; to develop automation that selectively processes these suspect carcasses; and to integrate the FDS with the selective processing system into an automated system.
Reduce or eliminate fecal contamination & food-borne human pathogens that contaminate processing equipment & raw poultry products. Development of: (1) basic information on the role of the feather and feather follicle on the micro of broilers; (2) verify models for bacteria movement in commercial scalders; (3) intervention strategies that may be incorporated into a HACCP plan to reduce aerosols and water usage. Determine efficacy of GRAS status antimicrobials as alternatives.