|Chao, Kuanglin - Kevin Chao|
Submitted to: International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/1/2001
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Development of an automated poultry inspection system that is low-cost, operates with minimum human intervention, and is able to maintain its accuracy despite possible changes in carcass appearance due to variations in diet, growing conditions, variety, etc. is important to the FSIS and the poultry industry. Such systems, placed strategically in the processing plants, would help improve the inspection speed, minimize problems of human error and variability, improve the effectiveness of the federal inspection program, and increase the slaughter plants' productivity. This paper reviews the work done over the years by the USDA Instrumentation and Sensing Laboratory (ISL) at Beltsville, Maryland, to develop automated poultry carcass inspection systems, mentioning related work at other laboratories where appropriate. It starts with a brief history of poultry inspection regulations, then it describes the ISL work with spectroscopic and machine vision systems, and it concludes with a section on the potential economic impact of automated inspection and directions of future research. This information is very important to the regulatory agencies, such as FSIS and FDA, to the poultry processing companies, poultry equipment manufacturers, and to the engineers and scientists interested in developing any systems for inspecting agricultural products for safety and quality.