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World Food Safety Day: Embracing Safety Measures throughout Poultry Processing

As the global population continues to grow, the demand for protein sources, such as poultry meat, becomes increasingly vital. Poultry is a significant protein choice that is widely accepted worldwide, transcending cultural and religious boundaries. However, ensuring food safety is of paramount importance. It is essential to guarantee that poultry products are safe to consume and free from harmful pathogens and contaminants. Poultry processors bear a crucial responsibility in upholding food safety standards throughout the entire production chain, from the farm to the consumer's plate.

From Farm to Processing 

Once the demand for processed poultry products is identified in the local or regional markets, a farmer may decide to expand into processing. The transition from farming to processing is extensive and  requires careful planning and execution.

To begin, it is crucial to understand the preferences and buying behaviour of potential customers,  whether they are retailers, restaurants, or end consumers. This market insight will guide the development of products that meet customer needs and drive sales.

Joining national or regional industry associations is an essential step. These organizations provide  valuable resources, including access to industry reports, regulatory updates, and networking opportunities. Attending networking events hosted by these associations can also facilitate connections with  industry experts and potential business partners.

BAADER is a specialist in advising on the processing process. With our long-standing commitment  to the poultry industry, we are a qualified partner, offering comprehensive processing solutions that  cater to the specific needs of your operation. Our expertise ensures that your transition from farm to  processing is smooth, efficient, and compliant with industry standards. 

Compact Stand-Alone Processing Plant

The BAADER portfolio is extensive and designed to meet demand regardless of local requirements, processing  speed, or automation level. We are committed to upholding the best processing practices for live bird handling,  hygiene, and product quality, no matter the scale of your operation.

When considering the initial investment in a processing plant, it is crucial to choose a solution that fits your current  needs while allowing for future expansion. An excellent way to start processing is by installing the BAADER Com pact Plant. This ‘plug and process’ solution is easy to install and includes features such as stunning that adheres to  the highest animal welfare standards, effective scalding and plucking, and comfortable manual evisceration. The  BAADER Compact Plant can handle 600 to 1600 broilers per hour, depending on chicken size.

The system offers a high degree of flexibility with adjustable bleeding time, scalding time, and line speed, ensuring  that your processing can adapt to various requirements.

The Compact Plant benefits from the same quality components as our conventional high-speed processing  solutions and is covered by the same comprehensive spare parts service. Conveyorized, in-line processing provides  significant labour savings, increases efficiency, and enhances food safety. Additionally, the manual evisceration  process is more manageable on an overhead conveyor, improving workers’ welfare and ergonomics.

With the BAADER Compact Plant, you get a robust and flexible solution that meets the highest standards of quality  and efficiency, paving the way for a successful entry into poultry processing. 

Customized Solutions for Higher Line Speeds

Higher line speeds require customized solutions to best fit your production requirements. The extensive BAADER  portfolio is designed to meet these demands, allowing for the creation of tailored solutions that perfectly fit your  specific needs. Our modular design enables continuous business growth, providing the flexibility to scale your  operations whenever required.

When working with BAADER, you can be confident in receiving advice based on a thorough analysis of your farm  characteristics, transportation facilities, and production requirements. Whether you are starting your very first  processing plant or expanding your production, we provide comprehensive guidance on all aspects of poultry processing. This includes live bird handling systems, bleeding, scalding and picking times, and the appropriate levels  of automation.

Our expert team ensures that every solution is tailored to meet your specific needs, optimizing efficiency and  product quality. With BAADER, you have a trusted partner dedicated to supporting your growth and success in the  poultry processing industry. 

Careful Handling of Live Chickens 

Transporting birds from the safe farming environment to  the processing plant is a challenging task that impacts  animal welfare, meat quality, and ultimately, plant profit ability. At BAADER, we understand these challenges and  offer a range of live bird handling systems with varying  degrees of automation. Our solutions cover every stage  of the process, including the catching process, lairage  and reception area, destacking and stacking, and wash ing and disinfection. This design flexibility allows you to  choose the system that best fits your operational needs  and ensures optimal animal welfare and product quality

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Modular Slaughtering Lines for Future Growth

Modularity is the key to designing a slaughtering line that delivers the highest quality chicken both now and in the future. At BAADER, we prioritize this modular approach when planning and designing slaughterhouses in collaboration with our customers. By understanding your current needs and future plans, we create solutions that not only address immediate requirements but also facilitate easy expansion.

This forward-thinking strategy ensures that your slaughtering line remains adaptable and scalable, allowing you to maintain superior product quality and operational efficiency as your business grows.

Evisceration Solutions for Every Need

Evisceration is the critical process of opening the slaughtered bird and removing the viscera (internal organs and  intestines). This can be done manually, semi-automatically, or fully automatically, and BAADER offers solutions  for all these methods. From manual hand tools to simple semi-automatic devices to fully automated evisceration,  cleaning, and washing lines, we provide the options to match your specific needs.

Manual processing requires a large number of workers on the line, while automatic evisceration represents the pinnacle of modern poultry processing, operating with minimal labour. The decision to choose manual or automated  processes depends on factors such as line speed and access to skilled labour. BAADER’s comprehensive range of  evisceration solutions ensures that you can select the most efficient and cost-effective method for your operation,  whether you are just starting out or looking to upgrade your processing capabilities. 

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Effective Chilling to Optimize Shelf-Life

After meticulously processing each bird to ensure maximum quality and value, it is crucial to effectively minimize bacterial growth and extend product shelf-life. Achieving these objectives is essential for poultry pro cessors to deliver high-quality and safe food.

BAADER provides a range of chilling solutions, utilizing either water or air as the cooling element. These solu tions are designed to efficiently lower the core tempera ture of each bird to the desired level.

Both water and air chilling methods have their unique advantages and challenges. Water chilling is quick and increases yield but requires careful management to avoid cross-contamination and ensure optimal shelf-life. Inline air chilling is slower but enhances product tender ness and minimizes contamination risks, with controlled weight management through moisturizing. Each proces sor must choose the most suitable method to meet their specific market needs and quality standards.

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Flexibility to Produce a Variety of Products

Whether a processor aims to produce whole chickens or enhance the product’s value through portioning, skinning,  or deboning, BAADER offers tailored solutions to meet these needs. BAADER provides an array of equipment for  weighing, cutting, grading, and packing, enabling even small-scale processors to efficiently meet the demands of  their local markets. Our tailored solutions and modular approach ensure that your processing plant can adapt and  expand seamlessly, supporting your business as it grows and evolves. 

Expert Guidance for Your Poultry Processing Needs

Whether you are considering starting a poultry processing plant or looking to increase your capacity, we offer valuable advice on all process steps. Please feel free to reach out to us using the contact form. Our local experts will get back to you as soon as possible.

Expanding Activities in Latin America

On January 26th, 2024, BAADER opened an office in Querétaro, Mexico, demonstrating our dedication to providing complete poultry processing solutions to customers in Mexico and beyond. Having a local presence improves communication and fosters stronger relationships with our Latin American customers.

Our journey across Latin America began decades ago, and our commitment to the region has only deepened with time. The expansion in Mexico underscores the increasing demand for efficient processing solutions and the necessity for enhanced sales support and service.

The trust and loyalty that poultry processors have consistently placed in BAADER solutions form the bedrock upon which we continue to build our business. As we embark on this new chapter of growth, we remain steadfast in our dedication to delivering excellence.

Leadership of

Meet Victor Garcia, Managing Director of BAADER Food Systems Mexico. With extensive experience in poultry processing, Victor understands market dynamics and local processing needs. His expertise helps him provide optimal layout suggestions, improve line efficiency, and integrate new technologies. Victor’s dedication ensures customers receive solutions that will enhance their operations.

I am thrilled to bring BAADER’s expertise and innovation directly to this vibrant community. Our mission here is clear: to deliver unparalleled service and total solutions. With a dedicated team and a commitment to excellence, we look forward to forging lasting partnerships and making a meaningful impact in the market and the community we serve.
Victor Garcia, Managing Director of BAADER Food Systems Mexico

Meet Victor and His Team at Figap 2024

To further facilitate close contact with our partners, we will participate in the FIGAP show from October 16 to 18. We invite you to visit the BAADER booth, number 1142, to discuss innovative solutions for the Mexican poultry processing industry.

Delivering Prompt
Local Support

From our Mexican office, we offer prompt local service support with a deep understanding of both local production practices and BAADER machinery. The service team is equipped to swiftly address any issues that may arise, ensuring minimal downtime for our customers. At the same time, our global experts stand ready to support our local BAADER team whenever necessary.

Stocked Warehouse

The new office in Querétaro features a stocked warehouse of essential spare parts, strategically positioned to ensure quickt response times and safeguard our customers’ uptime. The strategic location of the office facilitates efficient logistics and seamless support.

Showroom With Our Latest Technological Innovations

Furthermore, we have established a showroom at our premises in Querétaro, designed to showcase our latest technological innovations. This showroom serves as a dynamic space where customers and partners can experience firsthand the capabilities of our equipment and software solutions.

Presentations and Live Demonstrations

Visitors can explore the functionality, efficiency, and versatility of our products through presentations and live demonstrations, gaining valuable insights. This space is intended for showcasing new product launches and market-relevant solutions

Reach Out to Our Mexico office

For any questions or requirements, feel free to reach out to our newly established Mexico office. They are ready to assist with expert processing guidance.

BAADER Food Systems Mexico
P.º Centenario del Ejército Mexicano
Cond. E, Nave E1-095, Pq. Ind. Terra Park Centenario
76269 Querétaro, México
Tel.+52 55 7924 4146

As the global population continues to grow, the demand for protein sources, such as poultry meat, becomes increasingly vital. Poultry is a significant protein choice that is widely accepted worldwide, transcending cultural and religious boundaries. However, ensuring food safety is of paramount importance. It is essential to guarantee that poultry products are safe to consume and free from harmful pathogens and contaminants. Poultry processors bear a crucial responsibility in upholding food safety standards throughout the entire production chain, from the farm to the consumer's plate.

Salmonella and Campylobacter are two prevalent foodborne pathogens that can cause illness in humans and the poultry industry continuously put great efforts into implementing robust food safety measures and staying updated on intervention strategies and best farming and processing practices. While the primary focus often revolves around biological hazards during processing, it is important to acknowledge that various contaminants can potentially infiltrate the food product at any stage during its production, storage, and preparation. By implementing and managing effective food safety practices throughout the entire "farm to fork" continuum, the contamination risks of the final product can be minimized.

Limit Cross-contamination between Flocks

Maintaining optimal processing practices and upholding stringent hygiene measures are vital for minimizing contaminants in the poultry industry. A key step in preventing cross-contamination is the proper handling of live birds. One common practice to mitigate the risk of microbial contamination is withdrawing feed from the animals before catching and transporting them to the processing facility. Reducing gut contents prior to transport decreases cross-contamination during transportation, but it can also reduce the pathogen load and cross-contamination during processing.

Thoroughly cleaning transport equipment is paramount to prevent contamination between flocks. Additionally, throughout the processing stages, it is crucial to ensure that processing equipment is effectively cleaned. This places significant demands on the machinery design, necessitating an open machine structure with minimal horizontal surfaces and components that can withstand rigorous cleaning and disinfection procedures.

Controlling Contaminants during Primary Processing

Maintaining strict control over cross-contamination during primary processing stages, especially during scalding, picking, and evisceration, is of utmost importance. Scalding plays a critical role in pathogen control, as excessive contamination of incoming birds can lead to microbiological contamination of the water. Any organic matter (such as feces, blood, feathers, dirt, etc.) and the potential presence of pathogenic bacteria on the surface of one bird can then be transferred to the surfaces of other birds as they enter the scalder.

The precision of the evisceration equipment is of utmost importance in avoiding damage to the intestines, thus preventing fecal contamination. The presence of adjustment features on the evisceration machines enables fine-tuning of the processing parameters to suit the specific characteristics of the flock being processed. Proper product positioning plays a crucial role in minimizing miscuts, thereby reducing the risk of fecal contamination.

Following evisceration, thorough inside-outside bird washing is essential to further minimize contamination risks. This additional washing step helps minimize contaminants and enhances the overall hygiene of the final product.

Fast Chilling Reduces Bacterial Growth

Chilling plays a crucial role in preventing microbial growth in poultry meat, ensuring both product safety and extended shelf life. Whether utilizing water or air chilling methods, fast cooling is essential to minimize bacterial growth.

The extensive bird-to-bird contact during immersion chilling can introduce the risk of pathogen cross-contamination with other carcasses. However, it also offers potential benefits such as the washing effect resulting from counter-current flow water, agitation, and chlorination, which can help reduce contamination levels. On the other hand, air chilling provides an alternative approach to mitigate cross-contamination. By individually hanging carcasses on the processing line, the risk of pathogen transfer between carcasses is decreased. If the air chilling tunnel is designed as a single-tier solution, any potential drip contamination is furthermore eliminated. Ultimately, both water and air chilling methods have their advantages and considerations regarding bacterial contamination. The choice of chilling method should be based on a comprehensive assessment of factors such as product safety, yield, quality, and production efficiency, to ensure the best outcomes for poultry processors.

Effective Freezing Ensures Safe Product Distribution

While refrigeration can only slow down bacterial growth, freezing effectively puts bacteria into a dormant state, rendering them inactive until thawing. By essentially "putting bacteria out of the game," freezing ensures the safe transportation of products from the processor to the consumer.

Given the complexity of the global meat supply chain, which often involves long distribution chains and transportation across countries and continents, implementing effective freezing practices, as well as monitoring time-temperature profiles, becomes paramount to ensure the overall success of delivering products that meet consumer expectations in terms of freshness and safety.

Food Safety is a Common Responsibility

It is important to identify all the potential food safety hazards associated with each stage of the production process and this involves the use of multiple process control steps and interventions located throughout the process. Celebrating World Food Safety Day, we should recognize the essential role of the poultry processing industry in safeguarding food safety. By implementing stringent measures and embracing continuous improvement, we can ensure that poultry products reach consumers' plates as safe, wholesome, and nutritious food choices.

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