To predict the drip loss of a part of a carcass a measuring is made on a muscle of a part of a carcass after slaughtering, while the part carcass is still warm from slaughter. The light reflectivity of the muscle is measured in at least one wave range with a wave number below 1500 cm?-1¿, preferably in the interval 900-1500 cm?-1¿. The measuring data obtained are inserted as variables in an algorithm expressing a prediction of the drip loss as a function of the light reflectivity in one or more wave ranges with a wave number below 1500 cm?-1¿. The prediction in respect of the drip loss is automatically calculated in a calculation unit by means of the algorithm. The measurement may be carried through quickly, which means that carcasses may be measured by means of equipment concurrently with their advancing on a slaughter line. Through the measurement it becomes possible to predict the drip loss with high accuracy.
|Status||Udgivet - 29 maj 2000|