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Assessment of electrical stimulation Compliance at abattiors using medium voltage electrical stimulation

Pearce, K.L., Hopkins, D.L., Williams, A., Hocking Edwards, J.E., Jacob, R.H., Withers, R., Refshauge, G., Geesink, G.H., Warner, R.W. and Pethick, D.W. (2010) Assessment of electrical stimulation Compliance at abattiors using medium voltage electrical stimulation. In: 56th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology, 15 - 20 August, Jeju, Korea.

Abstract

This study describes an evaluation of the current compliance of 5 medium voltage electrical stimulation units in Australia sheep abattoirs. According to Meat Standards Australia sheep meat eating guidelines electrical stimulation should enable carcasses to reach pH 6 between 18-35°C carcass temperature to optimise meat quality. At a number of abattoirs, a poor pH-temperature decline was observed reflecting a poor electrical stimulation performance. Most carcases at these plants had a pH of greater than 6 at a carcass temperature of 18°C so they did not meet the required pH-temperature window. At one abattoir where the system was optimised a high proportion of carcases reached pH of 6 or less before 18° C was reached.

Publication Type: Conference Item
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: National Institute of Animal Science
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/20840
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