A review on meat quality evaluation methods based on non-destructive computer vision and artificial intelligence technologies
Received: Mar 22, 2021 ; Revised: May 4, 2021 ; Accepted: May 05, 2021
Published Online: May 17, 2021
Increasing meat demand in terms of both quality and quantity in conjunction with feeding a growing population has resulted in regulatory agencies imposing stringent guidelines on meat quality and safety. Objective and accurate rapid non-destructive detection methods and evaluation techniques based on artificial intelligence have become the research hotspot in recent years and have been widely applied in the meat industry. Therefore, this review surveyed the key technologies of non-destructive detection for meat quality, mainly including ultrasonic technology, machine (computer) vision technology, near-infrared spectroscopy technology, hyperspectral technology, Raman spectra technology, and electronic nose/tongue. The technical characteristics and evaluation methods were compared and analyzed the practical applications of non-destructive detection technologies in meat quality assessment were explored, and the current challenges and future research directions were discussed. This literature presented in this review found clearly demonstrates that previous research on non-destructive technologies is of great significance to ensure consumers' urgent demand for high-quality meat by promoting automatic, real-time inspection and quality control in meat production. In the near future, with ever-growing application requirements and research developments, it is a trend to integrate such systems to provide effective solutions for various grain quality evaluation applications.