A new boar taint detection method, developed by the Danish Research Meat Institute DTI, detects boar taint in a quantitative and objective way. It determines skatole and androstenone levels, and provides feedback to the farmers regarding these levels. More compounds, such as medical residues and pesticides, can be added to the method.
The method uses laser and ionization techniques to quantify the skatole and androstenone levels. The measurements take place at the slaughterhouse and have to be analysed in the lab. Currently, the system is being implemented at a Danish slaughterhouse.
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