Early Identification of the DFD Condition in Pre-Rigor Beef Carcasses

  • C. L. Davey
  • A. E. Graafhuis
Part of the Current Topics in Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science book series (CTVM, volume 10)


A key to the elucidation of the biochemistry of DFD meat and to its control lies ideally in its ante mortem or early post mortem identification. The present paper examines a way of determining the ultimate pH of carcasses within about 30 min after slaughter by a sensitive method developed to identify DFD meat while still in its pre-rigor state. Through biopsy techniques the method can be extended to ante mortem identification so that it should be a useful tool in achieving control of the unwanted condition. The paper also examines the difficulties and potential errors in identifying DFD carcasses from ultimate pH measurements.


Single Muscle Aged Muscle Young Bull Beef Muscle Meat Processor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. L. Davey
    • 1
  • A. E. Graafhuis
    • 1
  1. 1.Meat Industry Research Institute of New Zealand (Inc.)HamiltonNew Zealand

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