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DEVELOPMENT OF NEW HUMANE STUNNING AND RELATED PROCESSING METHODS FOR POULTRY TO IMPROVE PRODUCT QUALITY AND CONSUMER ACCEPTABILITY

Objective



The objectives of this project are:

- to develop alternatives to low frequency electrical stunning which are humane;
- to improve bird welfare during holding, live bird handling, stunning and bleeding;
- to improve product quality and reduce losses due to haemorrhages in meat and broken bones in the carcasses;
- to develop technologies and basic design parameters for new stunning and processing equipment.

Specific objectives are:
- to develop and evaluate standard methods for measuring welfare, quality, processing and design parameters;
- to study the effect of stunning poultry with various electric current waveforms and frequencies, mechanical methods and gas mixtures on bird welfare;
- to study the effects of new stunning methods on live bird handling and processing operations of carcasses with respect to product quality, operators safety and costs;
- to develop appropriate modifications to bird handling which are humane and will have favourable effect on product quality;
- to develop alternative processing methods;
- to introduce new stunning methods and processing technologies which are humane and economically feasible, and which also reduce loss, improve quality, consumer acceptability and labour conditions.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

DLO SPELDERHOLT CENTRE FOR POULTRY RESEARCH AND INFORMATION SERVICES
Address
Postbus 15
7360 AA Beekbergen
Netherlands

Participants (3)

DLO
Netherlands
Address
Postbus 501
3700 AM Zeist
STORK PMT B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Postbus 118
5830 AC Boxmeer
University of Bristol
United Kingdom
Address
Langford House Langford
BS18 7DY Bristol