Reference guide for solving poultry processing problems
Northcutt, Julie K.
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To produce a quality poultry meat product from a live bird involves a series of efficiently-performed, specific tasks in a sanitary manner. Before broilers can be processed, they must be caught, cooped, transported and held, then unloaded at the processing plant. Inside the processing plant, broilers are hung on shackles, stunned, bled, defeathered, eviscerated, inspected, chilled, graded, packaged and shipped. Because of the complexity of production and processing procedures, several factors may reduce carcass yield, carcass grade and the company's overall profit margin.