Full utilisation of the poultry carcase

Temperton Fellowship Report 12: An investigation into by-products of poultry processing, what happens to them, their values and/or removal costs, comparisons with other countries, consumer and legislative influences, and what altematives could be available in the future.

Year of Publication2004

The scope of this study is the "Full utilisation of the Poultry carcase", in the UK Poultry industry. Approximately 900 million broilers per year are produced in the UK, of which a significant proportion, (approximately 45%), is not eaten directly as food . As a result, Poultry by-products are produced, amounting to approximately 900,000 tonnes per year. The handling and processing of Poultry by-products is an integral part of the food chain. The stringent legislative controls required to safe-guard human and animal health as well as responding to new environmental pressures is an onerous responsibility for all of the industry. To meet these ever increasing legislative demands a high level of both professionalism and efficiency is required from all sectors of the Poultry by-products industry. As a result of meeting these legislative requirements, Poultry by-products are currently a direct economic burden to the industry, representing a significant cost to the poultry processor. Economic improvements will be seen if legislation concerning animal feeding restrictions for poultry derived materials is modified to bring it more into line with the rest of the world. Further economic improvements are likely from some of the current R&D initiatives. Outside of the UKlEU, legislative controls on all aspects ofby-products from handling, and processing to environment and use restrictions are far less onerous. As a result of these differences, the value of Poultry by-products in the USA and Thailand are significantly higher than the UK. This difference may close in the future if there are changes to agriculture/feed/food legislation in these countries which brings them more in line with the UK/EU. However, social and cultural differences in Thailand (and the rest of the far-East) with regard to food ensures that their poultry industry will probably always receive higher values for what we in the UK/EU consider to be Poultry by-products.

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poultry by products
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