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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Optical Detection of Food Safety and Food Defense Hazards

Location: Quality and Safety Assessment Research Unit

Title: Automated on-line fecal detection - digital eye guards against fecal contamination

Authors
item Windham, William
item Lawrence, Kurt
item Park, Bosoon
item Smith, Doug -

Submitted to: WATT Poultry USA
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: January 2, 2004
Publication Date: March 1, 2004
Citation: Windham, W.R., Lawrence, K.C., Park, B., Smith, D. 2004. Automated on-line fecal detection - digital eye guards against fecal contamination. WATT Poultry USA. 4(11):32-38.

Technical Abstract: Agricultural Research Service scientists in Athens, GA., have been granted a patent on a method to detect contaminants on food surfaces with imaging systems. Using a real-time imaging system in the processing plant, researchers Bob Windham, Kurt, Lawrence, Bosoon Park, and Doug Smith in the ARS Poultry Processing and Meat Quality Research Unit have been able to detect feces and recently ingested materials on poultry carcasses with accuracy approaching 99 percent under laboratory conditions. Now, they are hoping to test the system by early 2004 under commercial conditions in a poultry processing plant.

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