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Journal of Spectroscopy
Volume 2017, Article ID 3948708, 7 pages
Research Article

A Feasibility Study on the Potential Use of Near Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy to Analyze Meat in Live Animals: Discrimination of Muscles

School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences, Central Queensland Innovation and Research Precinct (CQIRP), Central Queensland University (CQU), Bruce Highway, North Rockhampton, QLD 4701, Australia

Correspondence should be addressed to D. Cozzolino; ua.ude.uqc@onilozzoc.d

Received 1 April 2017; Revised 15 June 2017; Accepted 20 July 2017; Published 14 September 2017

Academic Editor: Davide Ferri

Copyright © 2017 J. J. Roberts et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy has been proposed as a potential method to analyze different properties in live animals and humans, as infrared light has the ability to penetrate living tissues. This study evaluated the potential use of NIR spectroscopy to identify and analyze beef muscles through the skin nondestructively. The results from this study demonstrated that the NIR region has the potential to noninvasively monitor some properties of meat associated with either fat or muscle characteristics and to differentiate either muscle or fat tissue analyzed through the skin. At present, there are no rapid and noninvasive tools to monitor and assess any characteristic or property in live beef animals. Although these results look promising, more experiments and research need to be carried out before recommending the beef industry using this technology in live animals.