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Welcome to the Meat Processing Topic Hub™, a guide to basic information with links to additional on-line resources.

Background and Overview
This section describes current economic and environmental information related to the meat processing industry in the United States. Per capita consumption, number of processing plants, total annual revenues and environmental impacts are summarized.

Basic steps for beef, pork, poultry and fish processing including rendering are discussed with accompanying process flow diagrams. Information is provided from time of animal receipt to final product storage.

P2 Opportunities
Strategies to reduce water consumption, wastewater, organics/solids generation and energy use and P2 opportunities specific to individual processing steps are both provided.

Case Studies
Selected for the basic areas of the meat processing industry.

Environmental Impacts
Quantifiable pollutant generation data for processes are discussed in this section.

Where To Go for P2 Help
This section provides a collection of contacts related to meat processing.

Acknowledges the contributions of industry experts to this topic hub.

Complete List of Links
Lists all resources cataloged in this hub. If you know of resources relating to this topic, please let us know. We will review all suggestions and include them in the hub if they provide non-biased information not currently covered.


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Hub Last Updated: 3/11/2008