HunterLab's innovative products were the first to receive USDA approval for the instrumental evaluation of food color and are used by major food processors and packagers, including ConAgra Foods, Tyson Food, Inc., Swift and Company, Cargill, Smithfield Food and Boars Head. Our MiniScan EZ and other spectrophotometers are used by research facilities in universities worldwide, the USDA and the Canadian Department of Agriculture.
Color measurement for meats provides a standardized measure to determine the freshness and quality of the meat during processing and packaging. In addition, it is used to measure marbling in beef and lamb as an additional quality indicator. Due to the diversity of processed meat products, such as cold cuts, sausage, and fresh, prepared and frozen meats, there is a wide variation of acceptable colors. Color is also used during research and by regulatory agencies to monitor freshness and test processing methods. There is a wide variety of meats that can be color measured including ham, fillet, steak, turkey, hot dogs, and ground beef. The most popular measurement tool is the MiniScan EZ 45/0 LAV, which is accurate, portable and easy to use.
Many of HunterLab's spectrophotometers are versatile enough to accommodate most applications of color measurement. However, based on 60+ years of experience and a thorough understanding of our customers' needs and product use, these particular instruments are most suited for this industries application.
40% of our customers prefer this instrument because of its compact design and integrated display, so does not require a PC and external software.
10% of our customers select the hand-held MiniScan EZ because it is rugged, lightweight and ergonomically designed and travels anywhere, from the lab to the production line, indoors or outdoors.
If you are unsure which instrument type is right for your samples, please call or email HunterLab technical support and we will be happy to assist you in making the proper instrument selection.
AN 1001 ALPHA
Measuring the Water Whiteness of Liquids Using the APHA Index.
Measuring Color using Hunter L, a, b vs CIE 1976 L*a*b*.
Using Hitch Standardization on a Series of Color Measuring Instruments.
AN 1031 Identification of Measurement Parameters
Identification of Measurement Parameters.
AN 1033 Color versus Appearance
Understanding the difference between measuring color and measuring appearance.
Food Industry Brochure
The trusted choice of the world's leading food processing companies.
HunterLab Solution Matrix
Geometry, Measurement Modes, and Indices.