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Development of an objective method to perform quality classification of comminuted poultry meat

Objective

Deboning of meat is an important technology to improve yield and sustainability of meat production. But mechanically separated meat (MSM) is generally considered to be of inferior quality, and its use is subject to strict regulations. In contrast, manually separated meat is accepted as regular meat, and not subject to the same restrictions. But development of the technology for mechanical processes of meat-bone separation today makes it possible to produce a meat raw material that cannot be distinguished from regular meat mince. There are no objective reasons to classify all MSM as boing of inferior quality. EU regulations, however, still differ between MSM and meat strictly based on production method. MACSYS will address a major market opportunity for the SMEs consortium through the development of new efficient and objective solutions for the quality classification of comminuted poultry meat related directly to quality traits. A spectroscopy and/or impedance-based fast-track system will be developed to monitor meat quality in processing lines. Software for an automatic image analysis assessment of meat quality will be developed, based on a commonly accepted histochemical method. The MACSYS results represent a new solution to which there are currently no alternatives. The project will have significant impact in many areas: (1) For food laboratories and inspection services - the automated analysis system can be established as the new common method in the EU for meat quality assessment, saving costs due to a fast, objective analysis; (2) Poultry meat industry - the fast-track method can be used to perform in-line quality tests and to increase the market value of meat products (a significant amount of MSM has potential to be classified as meat); (3) Meat processing equipment manufacturers - the fast-track method can be integrated into the production line and add value to the existing equipment, through the possibility of performing in-line meat quality classification.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/analytical chemistry/spectroscopy
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Denmark
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 61 651
Administrative Contact
Mette Søgaard Presser (Mrs.)

Participants (9)

ROBERT DAMKJAER AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 392 639,05
Address
Anslet Landevej 10
6100 Haderslev
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jytte Warming (Ms.)
LIMA SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 247 353,95
Address
Route De Rosporden 456
29000 Quimper
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Denis Le Guillou (Mr.)
CAROMETEC AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 306 684,75
Address
Transformervej 9
2730 Herlev
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Henrik Andersen (Mr.)
SOFTWARE FOR CRITICAL SYSTEMS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 226 475,25
Address
Calle Arquitecto Francisco Penalosa 18 Ampliacion Campus De Teatinos
29071 Malaga
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Manuel Diaz Rodriguez (Dr.)
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bjarne Friis Ploumark (Mr.)
LEATHERHEAD FOOD INTERNATION LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Address
Randalls Road
KT22 7RY Leatherhead
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kathy Groves (Mrs)
MAX RUBNER INSTITUT BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR ERNAEHRUNG UND LEBENSMITTEL
Germany
Address
Haid Und Neu Strasse 9
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Michael Sauer (Dr.)
MAREL HF
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 12 600
Address
Austurhrauni 9
210 Gardabaer
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cor Brom (Mr.)
LEATHERHEAD RESEARCH LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Harston Mill Harston
CB22 7GG Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sarah Cole (Ms.)