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TRIMSCAN, making SME meat processors more competitive by using automatic in-line fat analysis in meat trimmings

Objective

Meat trimmings are the main ingredient used for the production of many meat processed products like sausages and hamburgers. The EU is the world’s second largest producer of pork and beef meat trimmings with Tm 17M by year. Trimmings are typically produced at slaughterhouse to be sold in standard bins of 10, 25, 35 and 60 litres. The bins are manually prepared by trained operators to obtain specific fat content. The bins are then paid by meat processors according to the amount of fat, the lower the fat content the higher the market value. However, fat content in meat trimmings is not precise having variations in the order of ±5% which often represents a cause of dispute between the slaughterhouse and the processor.
In meat processing, the control of fat in meat trimmings is of vital importance to ensure homogeneity and quality of the final product, to reduce the lean meat over-use and to comply with legislation and customer specifications. A fat variation larger than 3% will produce substantial economic looses and a number of industrial problems. Excessive salt content, poor texture, hard surface, appearance and odour and product spoilage are the most common quality problems. Manual sampling, recipe adjustment, poor binding capacity and problems during slicing of the product are the most important industrial problems.
The main goal is to develop a contactless, in-line fat analyser that will automatically determine the fat content in EU standard bins with accuracy better than 1.5%. TRIMSCAN project will provide SME processors and slaughterhouses with a practical tool at an affordable cost to make them more competitive by reducing the expensive lean meat over-use by at least 2% and to avoid the need of time consuming sampling and recipe reformulation. TRIMSCAN will substantially improve and simplify the production processes by homogenising the quality of the final product and by reducing the percentage of rejections in at least 2% due to products that do not meet the legislation and/or customer of specifications. TRIMSCAN represents a real business opportunity for the SMEs of the sector.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

LENZ INSTRUMENTS SL
Address
Calle Venezuela 31 Nave 3
08019 Barcelona
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 261 339,43
Administrative Contact
álvarez Jacobo (Dr.)

Participants (7)

G & M STEEL FABRICATORS LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 259 870,68
Address
Coes Road Industrial Estate
Dundalk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Diarmaid Heussaff (Mr.)
STEVIA KERESKEDELMI ES SZOLGALTATO KORLATOLT FELELOSSEGU TARSASAG
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 221 521,29
Address
Utca Ornagy 8
1143 Budapest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Attila Somkuti (Mr.)
GOLFERA IN LAVEZZOLA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 233 485,78
Address
Via Dell'industria 6/8
48017 Lavezzola
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mario Giacometti (Dr.)
NTRAM GENERAL S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 15 803,43
Address
Calle Victor Pradera 45
08940 Cornella De Llobregat Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alicja Grzegorzek (Ms.)
TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 34 381,62
Address
Gregersensvej 1
2630 Taastrup
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Holger Dirac (Mr.)
STAZIONE SPERIMENTALE PER L'INDUSTRIA DELLE CONSERVE ALIMENTARI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 20 696
Address
Viale Faustino Tanara 31/A
43100 Parma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ermes Monica (Dr.)
SASSI SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 31 900,80
Address
Strada Della Selva 96
43052 Colorno
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Laura Sassi (Dr.)