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Automated Methods For Determination Of Fat And Moisture In Meat And Poultry Products: Collaborative Study

Marianne L Bostian, David L Fish,, Neil B Webb, Judy J Arey

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Abstract A collaborative study was conducted to compare automated methods for rapid determination of fat and moisture in meat and poultry products with the official AOAC solvent extraction and forced-air oven methods, respectively. Fourteen products were tested, with fat and moisture contents ranging from 2 to 43% and 44 to 74%, respectively. Eight of the collaborating laboratories analyzed the products by using a moisture/fat analyzer; 4 laboratories used the AOAC methods. Standard deviations for within-laboratory repeatability, between-laboratory reproducibility, and bias for each product indicated that the rapid methods were acceptable. The moisture/fat analyzer methods have been adopted official first action for fat and moisture analyses in meat and poultry products.