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Trisodium Phosphate

Trisodium phosphate (TSP) is an alkaline cleaning agent that has been used as a household cleaner for many years. It works by disrupting the bacterial cell membrane and causing the contents to leak out, though the exact mechanism is not fully elucidated (Oyarzabal, 2005). Trisodium phosphate solutions are approved for treatment of beef carcasses in the US Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR 182.1778)

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Pre or post slaughter
Intervention Type
Surface treatment of hide or warm carcass
Treatment Time
10-15 seconds
Approved in US, not approved in EU or Australia
1 log reduction
Likely Cost

Installation of wash cabinet between A$500,000 and A$1 million

Ongoing chemical costs not known
Value for Money
Not recommended
Plant or Process Changes
Wash cabinet will be required
Environmental Impact

Large amounts of water will be used

Ecological considerations for effluent disposal

Consider recirculating if using as a hide wash
Occupational Health and Safety
The concentrate is corrosive, and toxic fumes may be produced
Activity is not reduced by subsequent carcass washing
Disadvantages or Limitations
Can cause corrosion of equipment


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