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New ASTM Main Committee F10 on Livestock, Meat, and Poultry Evaluation Systems

See the Following Feature Articles:

Feature: Needed Standards for a Changing Industry
by Ray Bjornson

Feature: Pork Carcass Standards
by David Meisinger

Feature: USDA GIPSA Supports Standards
by John D. Edmond, Jr.

In light of consumer demand for leaner meat products, many technologies have been developed in the last several years to measure various properties of livestock, meat, and poultry. Where once, as feature author Ray Bjornson puts it, “carcass evaluation dealt strictly with weight, and maybe a subjective visual assessment regarding fat and lean,” today there are over a dozen points of evaluation. The technologies used to make these evaluations, many of them adapted from medical technology, differ in use across the industry—hence the need for standardization of carcass evaluation.

In answer to this need, a broad cross-section of stakeholders have come together to form ASTM Committee F10 on Livestock, Meat, and Poultry Evaluation Systems. Representatives of livestock and poultry producers, meat packers and processors, equipment manufacturers, the U.S. government, state weights and measures departments, and academia will create standards in this area.

The new committee currently plans to develop standards for:

• Design resolution, units of measurement, and operator error;
• Device performance repeatability (stability), audit, examination, and tolerances;
• User requirements, including operation, installation, maintenance, training, and calibration; and
• Predictive accuracy including repeatability, audit, and examination.

For more information about the committee, contact John Edmond (phone: 202/720-5841; fax: 202/690-3207). For more information about membership or meeting dates, contact ASTM Staff Manager Bruce Noe (phone: 610/832-9719).

Please see the feature articles by Ray Bjornson (Hormel), David Meisinger (National Pork Board), and John Edmond (USDA GIPSA), about this new committee.

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