Tough chicken meat ‘a big issue’ for industry

Fast-growing broiler chickens are developing wooden breast syndrome that’s making meat tough and chewy in what has become a growing problem for the poultry sector.A quarter of white-feathered broiler birds processed in the US may suffer from wooden breast syndrome, according to US researchers. Even in Europe, which has smaller birds, around 7% of the chickens are producing hard breast meat and experts fear the problem could lead to economic losses.Woody breast is “a big issue,” Thorsten Niermeyer, business unit manager of Process Analytics at Norwegian firm Tomra told this site. Niermeyer said the problem has dominated discussion at poultry conferences all over the world that he’s attended.

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