Wooden Breast Fillet Research Completed

Lizzy Schultz

USPOULTRY_BlueA research project funded by the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association (USPOULTRY) and the USPOULTRY Foundation was recently completed at the USDA-ARS U.S. National Poultry Research Center in Athens, Georgia. During the project, researchers focused on detecting wooden breast fillets with imaging technology, and this project is part of the Association’s comprehensive research program encompassing all phases of poultry and egg production and processing.

A complete report, along with information on other Association research, may be obtained by going to USPOULTRY’s website, which may be accessed here.

A brief summary of the completed project is shown below:

Researchers at the USDA-ARS in Athens, Ga., led by Dr. Brian Bowker, recently completed a research project focused on the application of imaging technology to detect the wooden breast condition in breast fillets. Multiple imaging technologies were utilized to differentiate normal breast fillets from affected breast fillets. Breast fillets affected with wooden breast could be detected with greater than 95 percent accuracy. These results point to the feasibility of adapting imaging technology to detect wooden breast in an online processing plant setting.

For a detailed summary of the project, click here.

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