Dataset of the application of handheld NIR and machine learning for chicken fillet authenticity study

Geert van Kollenburg*, Yannick Weesepoel, Hadi Parastar, André van den Doel, Lutgarde Buydens, Jeroen Jansen

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Diffuse reflectance near-infrared (NIR) data (908–1676 nm) of chicken breast fillets was recorded in a non-destructive way using a portable miniaturised NIR spectrometer. The NIR data was used to discriminate between fresh and thawed breast fillets and to determine the birds’ growth conditions. NIR data was recorded of 153 commercial supermarket chicken fillet samples by applying the NIR device equipped with the standard issue collar on the samples in three different ways: (i) directly on the meat (ii) through the top foil of the package (i.e. with an air pocket between the foil and the breast fillet), and (iii) through the top foil with the packaging turned bottom up (i.e. no air pocket between the foil and the breast fillet). In order to generate thawed samples, the fresh samples were frozen and subsequently thawed. The freshness of the fillets was checked using β-hydroxyacyl-CoA-dehydrogenase of 13% of the sample set. Five NIR spectra were collected per measurement mode from each sample resulting in 4590 raw NIR spectra. Multivariate statistics was applied and the interpretation of these calculations can be found in Parastar et al. [1]. The NIR data has a reuse potential for follow-up studies of chicken breast fillet authentication using a similar brand NIR device or to serve as calibration transfer data.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105357
JournalData in Brief
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020



  • Chemometrics
  • Chicken breast fillet
  • Ensemble learning
  • Growth conditions
  • Handheld near-infrared
  • Meat authenticity

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