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Packaging Solutions

Packaging under pressure
With HPP applications expanding, processors face packaging and production flow implications
BY KIMBERLIE CLYMA
kclyma@sosland.com

H

igh-pressure pasteurization (HPP) is not a new technology to meat and poultry processors, but it’s not exactly mainstream either. The process of denaturing pathogens using up to 87,000 pounds of water pressure is being used by an increasing number of processors including Tyson, Perdue Farms, Hormel, Oscar Mayer and most

“Packaging has to be well designed so that it doesn’t get distorted (during HPP treatment).”
recently, Cargill. The technology is an effective post-packaging intervention, however, the added equipment expense, challenges with existing product packaging and obstacles related to implementing it as part of automated operations is hindering universal adoption of HPP throughout the industry.

HPP technology can be used on a variety of meat products, seafood, ready-to-eat meals, vegetables, sauces and marinades, fruits and juices and dairy products. The goal of treating the foods with HPP is to reduce or eliminate pathogens to extend shelf life and enhance food safety. Pathogens such as E. coli, Salmonella and Listeria can be virtually eliminated using this method. Though specific systems vary slightly, this is how the process works in general: Packaged food products are placed in a cylindrical pressure vessel; water is added to the vessel and then the contents are pressurized at levels up to 87,000 psi; once the required pressure is achieved, product is held at that pressure for a predetermined dwell time – typically three minutes. The intense pressure interrupts the cellular activities of foodborne pathogens and other microorganisms, and

they die. The pressure in the vessel is known as hydrostatic pressure, which means it is applied equally in all directions, ensuring the product will not be crushed while in the vessel. After the vessel is pressurized for the required amount of time, it is decompressed and the product can be removed from the vessel. The treated food packages then go through a drying process before being sent to the fi nal packaging area for label application, boxing and shipping.

Commercial viability
The benefits of HPP technology when it comes to extending shelf-life and
Above: Cargill recently announced a partnership with American Pasteurization Company to offer fresh ground-beef patties for foodservice customers that are treated using high-pressure processing technology. (Photo courtesy of Cargill)

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Commentary - Defense mechanisms
Hormel earnings up 34 percent in first quarter
Cargill introduces Fressure patties
Maple Leaf earnings hit by input costs
Sanderson Farms touts record FY2010
Grant allows XL Foods to double capacity
Townsends poultry ops sold after bankruptcy
JBS reports positive results of food-safety technology
Taco Bell launches new beef image TV ads
Catfish inspection gets political
Sustainability strides
E xperience counts
THE TOP 125 PROCESSORS - Winner’s circle
THE TOP 125 PROCESSORS - Alphabetical listing by company name
THE TOP 125 PROCESSORS - by rank
Small Business Matters - Duty calls
Food Ingredient Solutions - Delectable pairings
Processing Innovations - Everything but the squeal
Sanitation - Cleaning passion
Food Safety - Reassigning resources
Food Safety - Food-safety fortress
Packaging Solutions - Packaging under pressure
New Product Rollouts - Unveiling ideas
New Products
Labor - Questioning benefi ts
Names in the News
New Product Showcase
Classified Advertising
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