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Rapid instrumental methods, seafood

Nofima is working on several rapid and objective instrumental methods that may be implemented in a production process without influencing the raw material/product.

These techniques can help to automate and increase the efficiency of production processes, as well as documenting the properties of the raw material and product. This information will provide an important input into optimising control of production processes.

Important parameters that can be analysed vary from colour, chemical composition, degree of rancidity to detection of specific components (parasitic nematodes, blood and bones). The use of techniques such as x-ray, on-line colour measurement and imaging spectroscopy, these parameters can be placed spatially and in doing so provide important information for further processing, e.g. automated removal of pin bones.

Important information for production control include being able to analyse raw material properties, product properties and the effect of the process to be controlled. In order to collect this information, Nofima is developing several rapid instrumental methods, which have proven to be useable in this context.

These techniques are based on:

  • VIS/NIR spectroscopy
  • Imaging spectroscopy
  • Colour analysis
  • X-ray
  • Fluorescence spectroscopy
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  • Karsten Heia

    Senior Scientist

    Phone: +47 77 62 90 94/92 23

  • Heidi Nilsen

    Director of Research, Seafood Industry

    Phone: +47 77 62 90 04


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Research area within Rapid instrumental methods, seafood

Colour measurement

An on-line system for colour measurement

Imaging spectroscopy, seafood

Imaging spectroscopy is a relatively new method, which has proven to be ideal for many applications.

VIS/NIR Spectroscopy


Visible spectroscopy (VIS) / Near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy is a rapid instrumental method for on-line applications to quantify properties in food.



Development of methods for commercial use is a long-term goal for the work on rapid instrumental methods.