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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

1 - Research Objectives
2 - Projects and Scientist
Research Objectives

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.

Engineering Innovations and Micro Developments to Reduce Contamination on Poultry Processing Equipment and Poultry

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.

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Last Modified: 1/19/2005
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