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The USDA offers a Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant to poultry processing plants choosing to build or expand into an FMIA or PPIA compliant facility? The Inspection Readiness Grant assists poultry slaughter and production facilities with developing new and existing markets, obtain a larger commercial presence, increase access for smaller farms, and more.

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Insulated Metal Panels for a Chicken Processing Plant

PermaTherm has been serving the poultry industry for over 30 years and we’ve found that Insulated Metal Panels (IMPs)  for thermal building/room envelops have become as much a part of the poultry processing industry as the chicken itself. Food safety is essential to successfully delivering the product to market. Simply put, the products and byproducts must be fresh and free from any defect or spoilage from farm to market. PermaTherm insulated panels are designed to not only enable a safe environment, but also reduce the energy costs within the poultry processing plants.

PermaTherm Insulated Panels have been utilized as the thermal and environmental envelops through all of the complex steps in poultry processing including:

  • Slaughter
  • Chilling
  • Cut-up
  • Deboning
  • Aging
  • Packaging
  • Storage
  • Distribution

The increasingly large and integrated facilities pose particular challenges with potentially different temperatures, cleanliness, washdown, lighting, and airflow (or lack thereof) at each stage.

The majority of the poultry processing phases must be at low temperatures to prevent bacteria growth. Chill rooms often flow into chilled storage rooms or a tunnel freezer at the packing plant. There also may be whole birds or packaged parts loaded into cold storage or blast freeze rooms. Some plants operate cook rooms or even smoke rooms in between the “cold rooms” – subsequently followed by additional chilling, freezing, or storage until delivered to the market.

While thermal and environmental controls are paramount, other stages of poultry processing plants may need panels that hold up to abuse. Poultry carts may be bumped into walls thus denting or removing paint, while other surfaces may be subject to abrasion. In these applications, it may make more sense to utilized Fiber Glass Reinforced Plastic as an external skin. In “cutting” rooms, PermaTherm’s Polar White surface on a panel can improve the reflectivity of existing lighting, which is great for safety and productivity. PermaTherm panels are also able to withstand frequent washdowns.

For more information please visit our page regarding Cold Meat Storage.