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Scientific Evidence Proves Mechanically Butchered Meat ‘Is Meat’
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Scientific Evidence Proves Mechanically Butchered Meat ‘Is Meat’
Following a landmark High Court ruling, Leatherhead Food Research says that more sophisticated analysis is required for meat harvested using advanced mechanical butchery technologies.

Microscopy performed by Leatherhead Food Research was pivotal to the recent case which ruled in favour of meat processor Newby Foods. Leatherhead was called to act as an expert witness, being the UK’s only UKAS accredited laboratory for muscle fibre structure analysis to determine the quality of mechanically separated meat.

Leatherhead’s analysis demonstrated that the muscle fibre structure of chicken and pork harvested via Newby Foods’ unique process was consistent with ‘fresh meat’. This led the judge to conclude that the meat was not mechanically separated meat, enabling it to contribute to the labelled meat content of end products.

The performance of butchery machines is improving, and in some cases this enables residual meat to be harvested with little damage to the muscle structure. Such developments play a vital role in the food industry, enhancing cost-effectiveness, reducing food waste and safeguarding the environment which is fundamental to European Legislation.

Newby Foods’ Managing Director Graham Bishop says: “The ‘Leatherhead method’ of analysis was directly referred to by Mr Justice Edwards-Stuart in the final ruling. It proved beyond doubt that our meat has the properties of standard fresh meat, not mechanically separated meat.”

Head of Microscopy at Leatherhead Food Research, Professor Kathy Groves, handled the Newby Foods project. She explains: “Our evaluation of Newby Foods’ samples involved detailed microstructural analysis. In all cases, the muscle fibre structures were almost completely intact, just as you would expect to see with fresh meat. The technique we used could enhance food manufacturers’ incoming quality inspections for products where the inclusion of mechanically butchered meat is acceptable, but mechanically separated meat is not.”

The Newby Foods case underlines the complexity of contemporary meat processing and classification. Food manufacturers need to consider many conflicting factors when developing meat products. To help the industry navigate these intricacies, Leatherhead has launched a White Paper: How much meat is in your sausage? Giving practical guidance on how manufacturers can balance regulatory requirements, cost implications and the consumer sensory experience, it is available to download at
Item last updated:   Monday February 08 2016 07:42
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The DOT - Digital Oven Thermometer Is No Lightweight
The new Digital Oven Thermometer (DOT) has been designed to do one thing really well! Simply set your target temperature with the ‘Up’ or ‘Down’ buttons, insert the probe into your food, and the DOT beeps (70 dB) when the food gets to the required temperature. It’s as easy as that. Press any button and the beeping stops but the display still flashes until your temperature drops below the required set temperature.

With a resolution of 1 °C/°F, the DOT measures temperature over the range of -50 to 300 °C. Designed for commercial food service applications, the DOT is no lightweight and outperforms consumer thermometers for intuitive usability and survivability in the demanding kitchen environment.

With just two buttons – ‘Up’ and ‘Down’, there’s no complicated programming or flashing food icons. The DOT has been designed for professional kitchen staff who don't want to get bogged down in gadgetry or restricted by someone else's pre-programmed settings. Setting your own temperatures is faster and easier than ever before. You can even add a few degrees by tapping the ‘Up’ button when the alarm sounds.

Designed for commercial use, the DOT is a professional kitchen tool. The moulded-in, splash-proof seals and commercial grade plastic body will survive even in the busiest of kitchens. Each unit includes a tilt-out stand for counter use and a strong magnet for attaching to metal surfaces. Applications for the DOT include Sous Vide, roasting, baking, grilling, smoking, bread making, home brewing and lots more.

The DOT Digital Oven Thermometer is supplied with a food penetration probe. A range of alternative temperature probes are available as optional extras, such as food penetration and oven temperature probes. The DOT is competitively priced at £24 exclusive of VAT and carriage from Electronic Temperature Instruments Ltd.
Item last updated:   Monday February 08 2016 07:42
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New - High Accuracy Therma 1T Digital Thermometer
The new Therma 1T digital thermometer from Electronic Temperature Instruments Ltd (ETI) utilises high accuracy (±0.2 °C) interchangeable type T thermocouple probes which offer both fast response and durability.

The Therma 1T thermometer is particularly suitable for food processing and foodservice applications where a guaranteed accuracy of better than 0.5 °C is required, (the minimum requirement of the current food safety legislation). Each instrument has a guaranteed accuracy of better than 0.2 °C; likewise the interchangeable probes also have an accuracy of 0.2 °C giving a guaranteed system accuracy of 0.4°C or better. This aspect is often overlooked by food professionals when selecting a thermometer for critical food temperature monitoring.

The unit is powered by three AAA batteries that give a minimum of 10,000 hours (or five years) use, powering off automatically after 10 minutes, maximising battery life. This feature can be disabled by the user if not required.

Measuring temperature over the range of -100 to 400 °C with a 0.1 °C resolution, the instrument is housed in a robust, ABS case that includes 'Biomaster' additive which reduces bacterial growth. The thermometer incorporates an easy to use miniature type T thermocouple connector, allowing a wide range of interchangeable probes to be used.

The Therma 1T meets the needs of food processing and foodservice professionals who don’t wish to pay for features they’ll never use and simply need a well-designed, robust economically priced food thermometer to check that food temperatures are within defined limits.

The Therma 1T thermometer is competitively priced, at £50 exclusive of VAT and carriage. An extensive of interchangeable probes are available, as are optional extras such as protective silicone boots and a stainless steel wall bracket.
Item last updated:   Monday February 08 2016 07:42
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