Canada's meat processing sector will remain competitive by adopting innovative technologies thanks to an investment of over CAN$404,000 in Industries Riopel of Vallée-Jonction, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism) and MP for Beauce, Maxime Bernier announced.
Bernier said that through this investment, the Government helped developing new technology for meat processing plants across Canada which will reduce costs and increase productivity. The new equipment being developed will also reduce the volume of Specified Risk Material (SRM) being disposed of, while at the same time ensuring compliance with Canada's regulatory requirements.
The investment under Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada`s Slaughter Waste Innovation Program (SWIP) will support two separate research and development projects at Riopel to maximise the removal of SRM and high-risk tissues from carcasses processed by Canadian abattoirs.
The new SRM handling equipment being developed will reduce waste materials and disposal costs, cutting back on the volume of SRM sent to landfills and also reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with their transportation. The meat processing industry is expected to benefit from the knowledge and expertise related to SRM handling that will be gained from the research aspect of these projects.
Part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, SWIP is making available up to CAN$40 mill. to support the study, development and adoption of innovative technologies or processes that help reduce processing costs or generate profits through the use or elimination of SRM.
Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada