This study evaluates near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) feasibility in combination with various pre-treatments and chemometric approaches for pre-sliced Iberian salchichon under modified atmosphere (MAP) classification according to the official commercial category (defined by the combination of genotype and feeding regime) of the raw material used for its manufacturing (Black and Red purebred Iberian and Iberian×Duroc crossed (50%) pigs, respectively, reared outdoors in a Montanera system and White Iberian×Duroc crossed (50%) pigs with feed based on commercial fodder) without opening the package. In parallel, NIRS feasibility in combination with partial least squares regression (PLSR) to predict main quality traits was assessed. The best-fitting models developed by means of partial least squares discriminant analysis (PLS-DA) and linear discriminant analysis (LDA) yielded high discriminant ability and thus offered a tool to support the assignment of pre-sliced MAP Iberian salchichon according to the commercial category of the raw material. In addition, good predictive ability...

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