Pig carcasses decontaminated by steam cleaning
Using commercial household stream cleaning could be a
low cost method of decontaminating beef and hog carcasses, a recent US study
Scientists at the University of Georgia, US, found that commercial household
steam cleaning can be an effective and economical method of reducing naturally
occurring bacteria on freshly slaughtered beef and hog
Smaller meat processors
The discovery could
offer a relatively simple yet effective way for smaller scale meat processors to
meet strict food safety controls.
Tests were conducted on 72 beef and
72 hog carcasses from four small or very small processing
Three sites on one side of each carcass were exposed to 60
seconds of steam treatment, while the other side remained
Samples were taken before, immediately after and 24 hours
following the steam treatment.
treatment, Salmonella was found in five of the carcasses, but all tested
negative for the pathogen after steam exposure, according to the
It found that aerobes, coliforms, and enterobacteriaceae at
the three anatomical locations on both types of carcasses reduced following
The study found for swine carcasses, most bacteria
were found on the belly, then jowl, followed by ham.
â€¢ University of
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