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Meat Processing: Case Studies
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Evaluation of Packaging Alternatives for Fresh and Pasteurized Crab Meat
This is a study of the impact of various packaging materials on the quality, shelf life, and safety ...


Meat Processing Case Studies

Beef:
Reduction in Waste Load from a Meat Processing Plant ? Beef

A study of Randolph Packing in Asheboro, N.C., and its implementation of P2 training programs and process modifications in order to reduce waste load.

Cleaner Production in Beef Production - Manufacture of Food Products and Beverages #3
This study of Australia Meat Holdings identified waste reduction measures in offal cutting, washing and blood processing, and coal boiler performance. Quantified data are included.

Slaughterhouse Process Changes to Reduce Biological Oxygen Demand
A case study that summarizes a P2 project in a Bosnian beef facility, involving basic changes in practice which decreased effluents and improved water and material efficiency.

 

Pork:
Cleaner Production Assessment in Meat Processing - Chapter 4: Cleaner Production Case Study

A case study of a Danish pig abattoir that carried out a reduction in water consumption following a cleaner production assessment.

 

Beef and Pork:
Reduction in Wastes at a Meat Processing Plant - Manufacture Of Food Products and Beverages #17
This P2 study of the Parnu Meat Processing Plant in Estonia examines the successful reduction of both water consumption and high BOD-wastewater generation. Quantified data are included.

Reduction in Wastewater Discharges at a Meat Processing Plant - Manufacture of Food Products and Beverages #16
Case study of pollution prevention at an Estonian sausage plant focusing on practice and equipment upgrades that significantly reduced water consumption and wastewater generation.

Cleaner Production Case Study - SA Meat Corporation (Samcor)
This case study of a red meat abattoir outlines the benefits of new approaches in the areas of water usage, drainage, lairages, kill floors, dressing chains, offal handling and byproducts, housekeeping and management practices.

Hillshire Farm and Kahns - Eliminating the Use of Freon and Solvents
The company introduced new infrared technology to determine fat/lean meat content of meats, eliminating freon, and to alter the method of equipment cleaning.

 

Poultry:
Reduction in Waste Generation in a Chicken Processing Plant ? Manufacture of Food Products and Beverages #46

This is a P2 study of Equity, a large chicken nugget processor seeking to reduce BOD loading in wastewater and overall water usage. After waste reduction modifications, many of them very basic, BOD loading was reduced by 5 percent.


Can Water Recycling Work for Poultry Processors?
This paper discusses the importance of identifying an effective and economical water treatment due to the fact that the poultry processing industry produces large amounts of wastewater. Includes graphs.

 

All Red Meats and Poultry:
Pollution Prevention Diagnostic - Meat Packing and Processing Plant

This is a report on a P2 project with several goals, including the recovery of lard, meat and gelatin from cooking broths, reduction of water use and generation of wastewater, and energy conservation.

 

Fish
Comparison of Manual and Automated Brine Systems for Blue Crab Meat Recovery

This study of two crab processors in North Carolina discusses the advantages and disadvantages of manual and automated brine systems.

Evaluation of Packaging Alternatives for Fresh and Pasteurized Crab Meat
This is a study of the impact of various packaging materials on the quality, shelf life and safety of fresh and pasteurized crab meat. The effect of different containers, cook temperatures and cook times on shelf life were examined.

Cleaner Production Assessment in Fish Processing - Chapter 4: Cleaner Production Case Study
A case study of a Polish herring filleting plant illustrates the assessment of cleaner production opportunities and the implementation of recommended improvements.

Cutting Water and Effluent Costs in Fish Processing
A case study showing the environmental and economic benefits of a water and effluent minimization project that instituted improved washing, defrosting, leak control and other measures.

Optimization of a Brine Separation Tank
A study of Washington Crab Company in Washington, N.C., details the method of separating crab meat from shells, using the flotation process Modified Harris Machine.

Ozone Applications for Commercial Catfish Processing
A description of a study at Delta Pride Catfish in Indianola, Miss., which showed the success of replacing chlorine with ozone to achieve sanitation in catfish processing and improved shelf life.

P2 in Fish Processing - Solids Recovery from Seafood Processing Stick Water Using Electrocoagulation
A description of a study report on the success of electrocoagulation in the separation of suspended and dissolved fish solids from wastewater. Ordering information for the complete report is given.

Utilisation of Prawn Shell Waste
This is a brief description, with photos, of Carapacics Ltd.?s operation to recover and process prawn/shrimp shell waste into chitin, which has many useful applications

Reduction in Waste Load from a Seafood Processing Plant
A P2 study of a North Carolina menhaden processor showed many opportunities for the reduction of water usage and lost fish material through recommended basic process changes.


 

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