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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
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
A Grade A chicken should have uniform appearance free
handled properly to reduce the
from any defects. Eduardo Cervantes López
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 hangers' fingers.
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
As the quality of processed birds deteriorates,
the greater the likelihood of condemnation.
Eduardo Cervantes López
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