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VerifEYE: a real-time meat inspection system for the beef processing industry
Author(s): Donna M. Kocak; Frank M. Caimi; Rick L. Flick; Abdelmoula Elharti
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Paper Abstract

Described is a real-time meat inspection system developed for the beef processing industry by eMerge Interactive. Designed to detect and localize trace amounts of contamination on cattle carcasses in the packing process, the system affords the beef industry an accurate, high speed, passive optical method of inspection. Using a method patented by United States Department of Agriculture and Iowa State University, the system takes advantage of fluorescing chlorophyll found in the animal's diet and therefore the digestive track to allow detection and imaging of contaminated areas that may harbor potentially dangerous microbial pathogens. Featuring real-time image processing and documentation of performance, the system can be easily integrated into a processing facility's Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point quality assurance program. This paper describes the VerifEYE carcass inspection and removal verification system. Results indicating the feasibility of the method, as well as field data collected using a prototype system during four university trials conducted in 2001 are presented. Two successful demonstrations using the prototype system were held at a major U.S. meat processing facility in early 2002.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 February 2003
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4796, Low-Light-Level and Real-Time Imaging Systems, Components, and Applications, (5 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.453750
Show Author Affiliations
Donna M. Kocak, eMerge Interactive, Inc. (United States)
Frank M. Caimi, Consultant, eMerge Interactive, Inc. (United States)
Rick L. Flick, eMerge Interactive, Inc. (United States)
Abdelmoula Elharti, eMerge Interactive, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4796:
Low-Light-Level and Real-Time Imaging Systems, Components, and Applications
C. Bruce Johnson; Divyendu Sinha; Phillip A. Laplante, Editor(s)

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