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Lines J.A.,Silsoe Livestock Systems | Wotton S.B.,University of Bristol | Barker R.,Cargill Inc. | Spence J.,The Humane Slaughter Association | And 2 more authors.
British Poultry Science | Year: 2011

1. The objective was to assess carcass quality of broilers when they were stunned by immersing their heads in a waterbath with an electric current flowing from one side of it to the other, while a second small current passed through the body to the waterbath to prevent involuntary wing flapping. 2. The prevalence of wing, shoulder and breast fillet haemorrhages and of broken bones in the pectoral region was not greater than that resulting from the normal stunning practice in that plant (63 mA, 610 Hz pDC). 3. These results imply that carcass damage using this technique will be significantly lower than that which will result from the application of higher stunning currents required by the new EU slaughter poultry slaughter regulations. © 2011 British Poultry Science Ltd. Source

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