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Fat deposition pattern in pork primal cuts from finisher gilts

D'Souza, D.N., Dunshea, F.R., Suster, D., Pethick, D.W.ORCID: 0000-0002-3255-7677, Pluske, J.R.ORCID: 0000-0002-7194-2164 and Mullan, B.P. (2002) Fat deposition pattern in pork primal cuts from finisher gilts. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 26 . S315.

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Pork bellies are a highly-valued cut in Singapore but consumers will not pay premium prices for pork belly cuts that have high intermuscular and subcutaneous fat depots. The issue of excess belly fat has been the most evident and widespread problem since Australia started exporting chilled pork carcasses to Singapore. Carcasses for export to Singapore are selected based on having a backfat thickness at the P2 site (6.5 cm from the midline over the last rib) less than 12 mm. Anecdotal feedback from Singapore indicates that excess belly fat remains a major problem even in the ‘lean’ carcasses. However, before any strategies to decrease belly fat are undertaken, it is essential to gain a better understanding of fat deposition patterns in the different pork cuts in relation to total body fat. The aim of this study was to determine the deposition of fat in the different primal cuts relative to the total fat in the carcass of female finisher pigs.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: HEC Press
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