Regulations are required in all EU states to ensure that spinal card material and spinal column in some states is removed from cattle and sheep carcasses. Carcasses are contaminated with CNS material during conventional splitting operations, and washing does not remove the contamination. A novel saw, for complete removal of the vertebral column from inside the eviscerated carcass before splitting, has been developed under laboratory conditions; this ensures that all cord material remains encased in bone. Prototype saws for cattle and sheep carcasses will be used to validate the above laboratory results under commercial slaughterhouse conditions. Functional tests , will evaluate the commercial viability of this new approach and thru results will be used in an economic appraisal. The main objective of this project is to ensure that the results are disseminated to an extended audience across the EU.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
SY1 4AH Bellstone - Strewbury
BS24 8PB Weston-super-mare
BS40 5DU Bristol