Great care should be taken to ensure rigorous attention to detail. Where you know that the measurements made by the Meat Fat Meter are going to be compared to some form of Laboratory Analysis, always ensure a rigorous preparation procedure. Otherwise you may get a different result from the laboratory and this will create confusion and doubt. The preparation instructions are clearly described in the Meat Fat Meter Handbook but for the avoidance of doubt we have given a brief description here as follows: Switch ON the Fatmeter and allow it to warm up and stabilise for 10 minutes. Then select the correct calibration from the menu. You can confirm that it is the correct calibration by pressing the ‘RESET’ button on the Fatmeter the selection will be displayed briefly on the LCD display. You are now ready to take measurements: The Meat Fat Meter will request a series of EIGHT readings. Please ensure that the readings are taken from around the sample at recommended measurement sites, fully described in this handbook. Select 300 gms of minced meat product at random from a batch of product. Hand compress the sample into a “sausage-like” or “patty-like” shape, ensuring that you have excluded any air cavities as per chart supplied. Place the sensor head fully in contact with the sample, being careful to exclude any air cavities. Press and hold the ‘READ’ button until the reading has stabilised, then release the button, while the sensor is still firmly in contact with the sample. Take all eight readings from various positions on the sample (see chart supplied). After the eight readings the Fatmeter will automatically display the Average Fat Content of the sample. The result should give accurate Fat Content, representing ALL of the 300gm sample. Having measured the sample with the Fatmeter, duly prepared samples should now be sent to the Laboratory for analysis, if you wish to confirm the performance of the Fatmeter. Remember the laboratory only use between 9 – 45 gms of the meat sample for the analysis process, so you must ensure that the laboratory do in fact blend ALL 300 gms of the meat sample prior to taking their sample for analysis. In addition, the laboratory must do triplicate analysis, taking a 2nd & 3rd samples from the different areas of the meat sample you have supplied them. This ensures that we have a check on the uniformity of the blended product. The Fatmeter can be compared with any recognised Lab Method. However, the Fatmeter has been calibrated against Foss-Let Chemical Method an AOAC recognised Laboratory based Chemical Extraction Method. This will give the best comparative accuracy. There can be significant variances in Laboratory results depending on the method used, and we recommend that the method of comparison is taken into account. If you have followed carefully the instructions above, the Fatmeter results should compare favourably with laboratory results, and should be within the performance range quoted in Operators Manual.