Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: February 2, 2004
Publication Date: March 7, 2004
Citation: Park, B., Lawrence, K.C., Windham, W.R., Smith, D.P. 2003. On line detection of fecal contaminants using multispectral imaging system. [abstract] Proceedings 9th International Conference Engineering and Food. March 7-11, 2003. Montpellier, France. Interpretive Summary: On-line detection of poultry carcasses contaminated by feces and/or ingesta is necessary to protect consumers from a potential source of food poisoning for food safety, in particular, the control of food borne pathogens. Development of high speed and reliable science-based inspection systems to ensure safe production of poultry processing is very important for Hazard Analysis, Critical Control Point (HACCP) compliance. ARS developed a real-time multispectral imaging system to detect fecal and ingesta contaminants on the surface of poultry carcasses. The system includes an industrial-scale prototype hardware and real-time image processing software for fecal detection. The system enables poultry producers to separate fecal and ingesta contaminated carcasses from non-contaminated carcasses at poultry processing plants. Multispectral imaging system that retains individual carcass inspection for on-line detection of fecal and ingesta contamination provides a science-based process control and possibly decrease water usage by cleaning contaminated carcasses only for the FSIS zero tolerance standards for fecal and/or ingesta on poultry carcass prior to the immersion chiller.