Meat Industry Services

Food Safety Interventions Information

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Contents Page Introduction to Interventions On Farm Processing - hide on Processing - hide off Chilling Packaging or Retail

Application of Interventions to the Product

Meat carcasses are difficult to decontaminate by reason of their shape and structure. Most treatments require physical contact with the carcass surface, and an even coverage of the surface. Carcasses are a very irregular shape, so there is the possibility that one part of the carcass will be over-exposed to the treatment, while another part, for example the crook of the elbow may be unaffected by the treatment. Crevices and folds in the surface are areas where contamination will collect, and also these areas are often poorly draining, and pools of the treatment solution may collect, adversely affecting the visual appearance of that part of the carcass. Treatments which require direct beam of energy, such as ultraviolet light may not access areas where the beam is blocked by a protruding part of the carcass, leaving an area of meat surface effectively in the shadow. Application methods for food safety treatments must be well designed to overcome such issues.

Interventions may be applied to the entire carcass or product, as a spray, deluge or immersion treatment (download more information on spray, deluge or immersion ), or may be applied to small sections as spot treatment. Specific areas to be treated can be identified visually, or using a number of instrumental techniques (download more information on instrumental detection ).

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