Escherichia coli (also known as E. coli) is the bitter enemy of ground beef and fresh produce processors — and finding ways to prevent E. coli contamination is important.
You only have to look at the recent news to see how damaging E. coli contamination can be to the reputation (and bottom line!) of a company.
More and more large food service companies, like McDonald’s and Wendy’s, require the meat in their beef patties to be treated with a citric acid spray to reduce or eliminate bacteria in the product — putting pressure on meat processors to find ways to effectively and efficiently treat beef trim pieces.
Meat processors that adapt to include a treatment spray on trim pieces will benefit greatly from getting ahead of this new processing trend.
The problem arises in that most trim pieces are frozen in blocks. Spraying the outside of the blocks isn’t enough to meet the treatment requirements set by the food service companies. Only one side of a few pieces of trim are treated.
In order to effectively treat all trim pieces, the frozen blocks need to be broken back down into their original pieces without cutting or grinding, so as to avoid re-labeling requirements set by the USDA.
So, what’s the best solution?
The next on our list of New Year Resolutions for Food Processing Plants is a big one: Upgrading your plant.
No matter how great your processing plant, there is always some area that could use an upgrade – replacing older, less efficient equipment; investing in ergonomic and safety solutions to reduce the risk of employee injuries; expanding your processing line to increase output; installing an overhead platform to increase processing space; or overhauling your asset management system.
If you’ve been running your plant for a while, there’s bound to be something that could use an upgrade. This new year is a great time to invest in that upgrade.
The food processing industry is constantly changing. From what products consumers want to the best practices for creating those products, it can be difficult to stay on top of it all – especially when it comes to your processing equipment. What worked and was relevant five years ago just doesn’t seem to cut it today. There’s always something new, always some better way of processing and packaging your product. With so many changes all the time, why should you even try?
Lagging behind in the food processing industry can cost you, and cost you big. Outdated equipment, less then optimal practices, and sub par technology not only decreases your product output, but also puts you a step behind your competitors before your product even hits the market. It’s setting yourself up for failure before you even try.
There are a lot of myths when it comes to meat – especially in the way consumers view the meat processing and packing industry. Hormone injections, health and safety inspection frequencies, the safety of eating processing meat, livestock affects on the environment, and the cost of meat are just a few areas where conjecture, fear, and scare-tactics have caused meat myths to arise.
It can often be difficult for the consumer to determine meat myths from truth, especially when said myths are highlighted in the news and on websites across the world. So how do you accurately debunk meat myths and learn the truth?
When it comes to stocking your food processing plant with the necessary equipment, or upgrading your current equipment, it’s imperative to find a supplier who knows the unique challenges of the industry and your specific processing flow. Anyone can pitch ideas of what they think you need based on their stock equipment. Only a professional listens to what you need and designs a solution that will meet and exceed your expectations.
Here at Fusion Tech, we are experts in food processing equipment design and fabrication. Our team has vast experience in providing production layout and equipment design and fabrication for beef, pork, poultry, dairy, grain, bakery, and so much more. We’ll come in, listen to your unique processes and challenges, and present you with 3D models of a custom solution that will increase your productivity and decrease your overall expense.
And when it comes to designing and fabricating equipment, we can provide anything you need. Here are just some pieces of equipment we’ve provided for our food processing customers:
Fusion Tech designs and manufacturers custom solutions for the food processing industry, as well as agriculture, transportation, and renewable fuels industries.
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