Stuffers and grinders are the workhorses of any ground beef or sausage production facility. Both the quality and safety of the final product depend on that equipment, so it is of paramount importance that the machines excel in terms of both production and sanitation.
Most that know me know that when I travel to the U.S. I enjoy debating American politics, especially with Americans. There is a lot of speculation as to why I would engage in such potentially harmful behavior. Many, including the owner of Cardinal, believe I do it just to mix things up with our American brethren.
On March 19, 2010, FSIS issued a Draft Guidance: HACCP Systems Validation. This draft document outlines procedures plants can use to validate their HACCP systems. It is essentially a re-interpretation of the HACCP regulation published in 1996.
Food-grade lubricants, one of the essential elements in protecting both machinery and proteins during the production process, are becoming more powerful. Responding to the growing demand by meat producers for greases that can better withstand cleanings and operate under extreme conditions, developers are enhancing products that meet U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations for use in plants where there is the possibility of incidental food contact and subsequent contamination.
It is the time of year that many small meat processors are actively involved in manufacturing venison products for hunters. Venison processing is frequently an important part of the total annual business for small processors.
Meat, poultry, seafood and prepared foods processors are increasingly faced with the growing challenge of protecting water resources, regardless of rural or urban locations. While water conservation and wastewater pretreatment have been the primary drivers, managing stormwater is more and more a key component of any water resource management strategy.
After all the work it takes to create the perfect roast beef or turkey breast, it would be a shame to have the product damaged at the slicing stage. For that reason, companies that feature sliced products put a great deal of importance on slicing equipment.
Check out the February 2020 issue of The National Provisioner, featuring our cover story on Jack Daniel's Meats and Golden West Food Group's approach to building a successful licensed brand, the 2020 Seafood Report, and much more.