Poultry International - June 2018 - 40
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6 poultry processing tips to
improve carcass quality
Ensuring that key operations at the poultry plant are performed
properly can help to ensure maximum output of high-quality birds.
EDUARDO CERVANTES LÓPEZ
A Grade A chicken should have uniform appearance free from
any defects. Eduardo Cervantes López
Good poultry processing operations will keep
rejects, partial or complete, to a minimum. There
are several procedures at the processing plant
where a few simple checks can help to ensure carcasses are produced to the highest possible quality
and that downgrades are as few as possible.
When removing birds from cages for hanging on the overhead conveyor, they need to be
handled properly to reduce the number of rejects.
To minimize bruising, birds' legs should be
gripped using the middle and index fingers and
the thumb, making a circle around the leg and ensuring a 90-degree angle between the leg and the
As the quality of processed birds deteriorates,
the greater the likelihood of condemnation.
Eduardo Cervantes López
Too often, when workers remove birds from the
cages, too much pressure is applied to the joints, resulting in bruising, which then leads to downgrades.
Ensuring safe transit to stunning
Passage to the stunning bath should last no
longer than 30 seconds to prevent excess blood filling the blood vessels due to the forces of gravity.
Birds need to remain calm during this journey
and, by having their vision restricted, they will
tend to flap less. This can be achieved by shielding
them, using plastic or stainless steel sheets with
only necessary observation windows. Not only
will less flapping help to prevent wings being damaged, it will also reduce additional blood flow.
Monitoring this part of operations will control
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