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Automated screening for pig pathologies


The problem

EFSA has introduced visual inspection only of pig carcasses at abattoirs to ensure quality and safety of meat products.

This puts a strain on human resources and involves subjectivity. Would automated detection be a solution?

Research project

The proof of principle

Develop an automated system based on visual image analysis to screen pig offal at the abattoir. The system would:

  • detect public health hazards and subclinical diseases
  • provide automated capture of pathologies

The computer vision pipeline should:

  • identify offal region
  • localise individual organs
  • detect organs with specific conditions

To ensure accuracy, agreement between machine vision and meat inspection experts would need to be quantified.