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Who you gonna call? Examining the possibilities of remote veterinary meat inspection

Almqvist, Viktor (2021). Who you gonna call? Examining the possibilities of remote veterinary meat inspection. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880
ISBN 978-91-7760-821-9
eISBN 978-91-7760-822-6
[Doctoral thesis]

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Demand for locally produced meat from small-scale slaughterhouses and game-handling facilities brings severe logistical challenges in meat inspection, since such facilities are often situated in rural areas and the costs and time associated with inspection visits to remote establishments are significant. With advances in technology, it might be possible to conduct meat inspections remotely via video link.
This thesis aims to determine the performance of remote inspections, both ante mortem and post mortem, where a guided, untrained assistant present at the slaughterhouse relays video and sensory impressions to a veterinarian off-site. Performance was evaluated based on agreement between remote and on-site inspections. As part of this, a practical technological solution, with emphasis on a less-is-more approach, was conceived, assembled and tested in practical use.
Comparisons between methods were conducted using Cohen’s kappa-based statistics. On directly comparing findings under 26 different inspection codes or classifications recorded by two veterinarians conducting inspections on 400 carcasses and organs of pigs at a Swedish large-scale slaughterhouse, it was found that the level of agreement between the two methods was generally high, with most findings scoring ‘almost perfect agreement’. When ante mortem inspections were evaluated in a similar way, it was concluded that, due to extremely low prevalence of findings, ante mortem inspections are difficult to perform remotely under current conditions.
In conclusion, remote post mortem veterinary inspections appear very promising, but the method needs to be evaluated further.

Authors/Creators:Almqvist, Viktor
Title:Who you gonna call? Examining the possibilities of remote veterinary meat inspection
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2021
Number of Pages:119
Publisher:Department of Animal Environment and Health, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
ISBN for printed version:978-91-7760-821-9
ISBN for electronic version:978-91-7760-822-6
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Food Science
Keywords:post mortem, livestock, slaughter, official veterinarian, video, augmented reality, inspection, remote
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ID Code:25860
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health
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Deposited On:18 Oct 2021 08:25
Metadata Last Modified:18 Oct 2021 08:31

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