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The aim of this work was to evaluate the influence of time of broiler chicken transportation and lairage prior to slaughtering on the occurrence of PSE (Pale, Soft, Exudative) meat and Death On Arrival (DOA) under non-commercial conditions in the Brazilian summer. Male birds (n=250) from a commercial line were subjected to different periods of journey (30, 90, and 180 min) and lairage (0, 90, and 180 min) before slaughtering. The occurrence of PSE was higher in broilers subjected to shorterdoi:10.1590/s1516-89132009000700026 fatcat:76ibg7ax6nguhb5hu5ewcrngji