This research project aims to determine the feasibility of applying computer modelling techniques to achieve understanding and optimisation of cattle stunning.
Brain particles as emboli can enter the blood of cattle and sheep carcasses when captive bolt guns are used for stunning.
<p>As a consequence these techniques could be prohibited due to concerns about contamination of the carcass with the BSE prion unless changes are made to prevent neural embolisation during stunning.
<p>This is probably impossible with penetrating bolts, but may be achievable using non-penetrating stunning guns or by concussion induced by a very rapid (shock) rotational movement of the complete head around the neck axis.
<p>The aim of this project is to determine the feasibility of applying computational analysis techniques to achieve understanding and optimisation of cattle stunning through impact and inertial reaction approaches.
<p> Find more about this project and other FSA food safety-related projects at the <a href="http://www.food.gov.uk/science/research/" target="_blank">Food Standards Agency Research webpage</a>.