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Reformed meat products (including MSAT)


Only 18% of a beef carcass constitutes high value primals, and the remainder drops in value due to size, shape, eat ability and processing costs. Reforming meat technologies such as MSAT are aimed at improving the return on the carcass and ultimately improve returns to the producer.


Meat Strip Alignment Technology (MSAT)

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) undertook research with Food Science Australia (FSA) over the 4 years from 2002 to develop an innovative process to meet the Red Meat Industry issues and new consumer trends.

Meat Strip Alignment Technology (MSAT) was an equipment innovation that aligns meat strips to provide a range of value added red meat products. The equipment is designed to fit the end of a meat pump, allowing for a filling operation.

MSAT was developed as a new product platform which utilised low value red meat primals and trims, to generate a versatile value added red meat products (shape, size and textures).  MSAT equipment and processes was developed to a point requiring commercial proving.

Projects included:

  • P.PIP.0136 - Development of commercial prototype Meat Strip Alignment Technology nozzle (2006)
  • P.PIP.0144 - Development of MSAT Research Samples for the Japanese market (2008)
  • A.MPT.0018 - Commercialisation of MSAT (2008)
  • P.PSH.0217 - Preliminary Evaluation of Restructured Beef and Lamb Products Produced using Mincing Plates Developed by
    Thompson Meat Machinery (2006)
  • P.COM.0122, A.MPT.0003, 0004, 0014, 0015 funded commercial trials, IP costs and technical advice for MSAT.

Early project termination was recommended by the technical project consultative group due to inconclusive feedback from the MSAT evaluation process (negative feedback on eating quality and pricing).

Other research

M.134 - Reformed Portion Products (1993). The aim of this project was to develop a convenient, portion controlled beef based product suitable for the Retail and Food Service sectors. An innovative product was developed which comprises a beef outer casing with a centre composed of sauce and vegetables.

M.188 (1992) summarised the findings of consumer and food service industry research into the likely market acceptance of and positioning of restructured meat, being minute steaks, schnitzel and pre-cooked lamb and beef.


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128.8KB 01/08/2008
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296.4KB 01/11/1993
1.8MB 01/04/1992
330.6KB 01/03/2008


Contract No. Title Start date End date Funding type
Development of MSAT Research Samples for the Japanese market
05/02/2007 10/02/2008
Evaluation of Meat Products from a Prototype Spiral Grinding Plates
22/06/2006 30/06/2007
Commercialisation of MSAT - January to July 2008
08/02/2008 31/08/2008
MSAT samples & presentation 2008
14/09/2007 30/06/2008
Commercialisation of MSAT - Apr to Oct 2007
19/04/2007 30/11/2007
CMA - MSAT samples & presentations 2007
01/05/2007 30/06/2008
Industry CMA
Meat Fibre Alignment
14/11/2003 14/11/2006
Commercialisation of MSAT
20/01/2007 31/03/2007
Meat Strip Alignment Technology - Equipment Development
01/11/2005 30/06/2007

This page was last updated on 06/07/2018

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