While sales opportunities are strong in the sector, processors seeking to grow activity will likely face a host of complex production requirements inherent to developing cooked, fried and smoked options. They include financial, technological and administrative issues.
Sanitation made simple: The use of contract sanitation services enables meat and poultry plant operators to sidestep the burden of hiring, training and managing workers while ensuring a full complement of cleaning personnel.
Deciding whether to use contract sanitation firms or stay with in-house personnel is a key issue for meat and poultry processors. While there are potential benefits for each, the optimal method depends on the needs of plants.
By not taking adequate measures to cut water and energy use, which includes recirculating their resources and leveraging the optimal equipment and operating strategies, many plants are unnecessarily bolstering expenses while becoming more vulnerable to shortfalls in available supplies.
While many factors including high employee attrition rates affect the eradication of contaminants, perhaps the biggest obstacle is the abundance of plants and equipment that were built years ago with fewer food safety-related features now common to newer designs.
The June 2017 issue of Independent Processor features our cover story on how Wagonhoffer Meats is bringing back the rabbit as a healthy meat source, a preview of the 78th AAMP Convention, and much more.