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Food and Beverages | Thursday, November 25, 2021

FREMONT, CA: A meat processing system is a collection of alterations made to meat to improve its texture, enhance its flavor, and extend its shelf life. The numerous procedures used in this process result in a wide variety of texture and flavor variations in meat. Additionally, it is viewed as a means of diversifying the diet. Primary meat operations can take one of two paths, which involves blending less attractive carcass sections with lean meat. The second strategy is to expand the meat supply by incorporating other commodities such as cereal into the final product.

The meat processing system is comprised of three steps: slaughtering the livestock, cutting the carcass with the connector, and examining the flesh. Following this, livestock is packaged and processed into various products before being supplied to merchants and sold to customers. Due to efficient processing technologies, meat processing and material handling have been streamlined for meat providers.

Like many other consumables, meat is a perishable food item that can get infected and pose a health risk if consumed. Several factors contribute to food being unfit for ingestion, including microbial growth, chemical changes, and endogenous enzyme degradation.

The following are a few of the procedures that the succulent meat must traverse before it reaches the dinner plate:

Astonishment and slaughter: Animals are frequently stunned before being slaughtered to avoid protracted discomfort. Staggering is accomplished through the use of carbon dioxide, electric current, or a captive bolt gun. Before final slaughter, the animal is rendered unconscious through this operation.

Butchering: Before butchering an animal, the butcher must first remove its pelt or feathers in the case of fowl—a plucking machine aids in the extraction of pelt from livestock by the workers. Following the fur or feather removal stage, the dressed carcass is chopped, with care taken to avoid rupturing the innards.

Grading: Meat is graded according to its size, muscle mass, and fat content. Meat grading is based on carcass conformation and the firmness of lean meat. The poultry is evaluated on a scale of A to C based on these features.

Cutting: Large racks of beef are divided into smaller chunks for eventual consumer sale. After all, boneless skinless chicken breasts must be deboned and coarsely diced. The cattle are sliced into ribs, bacon, or brisket with extreme precision.

Distributing and Packaging: The meat is vacuum wrapped in plastic bags after it is sliced. It is then packaged and distributed to retailers, restaurants, and other merchants, where the consumer can finally sample the succulent meat.

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