Chow Hot Beef Carcasses
posted by June 6 at 15:14 PMon
Finding out about the new federal cases regarding food contamination is so much fun—remember the Class II Recall of Frozen Cattle Heads That Contain Prohibited Materials?—that I signed up for more USDA email news. I recently received my first USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service New Technologies Update, and while certainly applying technology to food is generally a good idea, a lot of this sounds depraved. Vegetarians, get your gloat all shined up; now is truly the time.
The New Technologies Update contains “new, or new applications of, equipment, substances, methods, processes, or procedures affecting the slaughter of livestock and poultry or processing of meat, poultry, or egg products” that have been “received and reviewed, and for which FSIS has had ‘no objection’ to use in FSIS establishments.”
Highlights from the newest in New Technologies:
Meyn America LLC: Meyn evisceration system can operate at 140 birds per minute on eight inch shackle spacing with four Federal inspectors
Tasker Products*: Use of pHarlo Blue as an antimicrobial processing aid applied in poultry scalders, as a spray on poultry picker rails, and post-picker spray or dip
Olsson, Frank and Weeda, P.C.: Use of up to 5% lactic acids on hot beef carcasses
Cargill Meat Solutions: Hide-On Beef Carcass Washing System using sodium hydroxide applied at the post-exsanguination stage of slaughter
Braswell Foods, Inc.: The In-package Pasteurization of Liquid Egg and Egg Products
Ecolab, Inc.: Reuse of Inspexx 100 ™ poultry wash and chill process water to reduce microbial contamination on raw edible poultry products and/or to wash poultry processing equipment and environmental surfaces
Ashland Specialty Chemical: Reuse of Chlorine Dioxide as an antimicrobial agent in poultry processing water (locations-application cabinets, feather rinses and pickers/scalders)
Elsewhere, the FSIS is no longer allowing Tyson Foods to use the “Raised Without Antibiotics That Impact Human Antibiotic Resistance” label, having discovered that contrary to information that Tyson itself provided in December, they are in fact using questionable antibiotics in chicks. Peep!
Beware the mass-market meats, birds, and fish.