Vision versus reflectance technology to estimate pork cuts composition

Gérard Daumas et Mathieu Monziols, 63e International Congress of Meat Science and Technology, Cork, Irlande, 13-18 août 2017, p. 115-116

The objective of this article is to compare the precision of two carcass classification methods to assess the lean meat percentage (LM%) of the major pork cuts. One method is automatic by vision (CSB Image-Meater®, IM) and the other is semi-automatic by reflectance (CGM). A sample of 241 carcasses, comprising 50% of females and 50% of castrated males, was measured by both methods. The left sides were cut according to the EU procedure and the four main cuts were weighed and scanned by X-Ray tomography. Each LM% was regressed on the one hand on the two CGM thicknesses and, on the other hand, on the four IM thicknesses. The thickness M4 of IM was not significant. The hierarchy of the cuts has been preserved in therms of increasing residual standard deviation (RSD): ham, shoulder, loin and belly. The RSDrose about 15% for the limbs and 30-35% for the trunk. The help of carcass classification for directing cutting should turn out to be weakened.