Broiler chickens

This Cargill Nicaragua project has the capacity to slaughter up to 14,000 birds per hour, as it has technological improvements that will allow automated cutting of whole chickens, greater capacity for instant freezing, in-line packaging, and a safer work environment.

Xavier Vargas, president of Cargill Protein Latin America, said, “We want to be leaders in nourishing Latin America in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. We believe in Nicaragua and that is why with this investment we are betting on the growth and strengthening of the country”. Newspaper – El Nuevo Diario.

The inauguration of the new poultry processing plant located on the Masaya highway was attended by retired general Álvaro Baltodano, presidential delegate for investments; Laureano Ortega, from Pro Nicaragua; the U.S. ambassador, Laura Dogu; the president of AmCham, María Nelly Rivas, and Alfredo Vélez, president of Anapa. They all toured the new plant.

What chickens eat

The existing processing plants in Colombia are classified in two: Industrial plants, which have a slaughter capacity of 3,000 chickens per day or more, and special category plants, which have a slaughter capacity of less than 3,000 birds per day. The total Colombian production capacity is divided into 97% and 3% respectively (Aguilera Díaz, 2014).

If we compare the per capita consumption of Colombians over time, and we look at the relevance of beef, chicken and pork, we can notice that since 2003 chicken has far surpassed beef, which until then was the most used in households, being today the main source of food and protein consumption used in Colombia.

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The increase in the consumption of this type of meat has resulted in the regulation and technification of the processing plants, among the largest in Colombia are: Intercarnes and Pollo Fiesta (Bogotá), Distraves (Bucaramanga), Inversiones El Dorado (Duitama, Boyacá), Pollos Bucanero (Cali), Super Pollo Paisa (Medellín) and Avites (Montería), which have an established process that we will describe below.

Chicken processing plant

CPV Food Co, a subsidiary of C.P Vietnam Corporation, has inaugurated the largest chicken export complex factory: CPV Food Complex Project in Binh Phuoc. This is the largest chicken breeding and processing complex for export in Southeast Asia so far.

The five districts of Binh Phuoc province will be recognized as the first Disease Safety Zone in Vietnam by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). CPV Food Co., Ltd. has built a barn system for safe production of Avian Flu and Newcastle following OIE standards. Specifically, disease safety facilities for feed producers are integrated: parent broiler farms, hatcheries, broiler farms, slaughterhouses and processing plants. These factors are an important premise for the Vietnamese chicken brand to reach the world.

Poultry slaughterhouse process

The experience in Brazil tells us that partial seizures, those generated mainly by physical injuries, vary from 1% to 1.5% of the chickens slaughtered nationwide. There are plants that still work above these percentages, there are those that work at these values and there are others that work below these values.

Why are the differences between companies so great, you may ask me? It is simple: in Brazil, the physically injured chickens are seized by the inspectors of the Ministry of Agriculture during slaughter and the affected part of the carcass is discarded for the rendering plant. Then, the more injured chickens there are to be slaughtered, the greater the losses. As this is of no interest to the companies, they are, in general, very attentive to the management of the processing chain, especially the operations that have the greatest potential risk to the physical integrity of the carcasses.

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I am pleased to share with you our criteria on the above-mentioned subject. First of all, I would like to comment that our Quality Policy states and is oriented to the continuous improvement of our processes, based on the systematic analysis of the observed NON-COMPLIANCE, trying at all times to locate the vital cause(s) that have an impact on such NON-COMPLIANCE as a consequence, the concept of Second Product is replaced by that of Non-Conforming Product, in order to focus our efforts on minimizing deviations and the standardization of processes, through the culture of continuous improvement, with the challenge of not establishing standards of acceptance of defects.

By Rachel Robison

Rachel Robison is a blogger who collects information on court filings and notices.