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Investigation on process control of ovine processing and the effects on shelf life

With the assistance of MLA, ovine processors can investigate various aspects of process control with respect to slaughter, dressing, boning and packaging operations. The projects presented below are summaries of findings to reduce the microbial load, process control and to improve shelf life.

The objectives of these project were to:
1. Assess production and cold chain management for effect on process control and shelf-life.
2. Assess process control monitoring and shelf-life testing programs.
3. Assess any existing data on product and supply chains (microbial, temperature, etc) for suitability to predict shelf life ranges using University of Tasmania (UTas) models.
4. Design a study to assess the effect of multiple variables on the shelf-life of chilled vacuum-packed primals.

As part of the project the slaughter floor and boning room were visited and presentations were made on our red meat shelf-life and our carcase microbial profile. As well, shelf-life studies, chilled products, destinations and transport logistics were discussed. Subsequently, options for extending shelf-life were presented and potential future investigations were developed and explored in the final report.

This investigation will see reduction in customer complaints and claims related to the proportion of products that do not meet the shelf life date, or returned due to product quality issues at the time of consumption close to the shelf life date. If proven successful, it'll provide Australian chilled vacuum packed sheep and lamb product with an advantage over other competing countries through shelf life extension.



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Contract No. Title Start date End date Funding type
Trim auger spray E. coli intervention project to maintain market access to US and other markets
01/12/2014 17/01/2016
Trim UV light E. Coli intervention project to maintain market access to US and other markets
01/10/2014 30/06/2015
Lactic Acid application to extend shelf life of long aged chilled lamb racks
01/10/2014 18/04/2016
Process control of sheep processing and possible effects on product shelf life
01/06/2015 06/09/2015
STAGE 1 – Process control of sheep processing and product shelf life improvement
14/09/2015 16/11/2015
Predictive modelling pilot trial on beef products through a retail supply chain.
13/02/2017 15/05/2018

This page was last updated on 01/08/2018

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