In their search for a more animal-friendly stunning method which ensures the highest meat quality, Latin American processors are now switching over to Marel's CAS solution, thereby securing their exports to the EU.
What is CAS SmoothFlow?
The multiphase CAS SmoothFlow technology complies with the most stringent legislation in the world, including those of the USDA and the European Union. It ensures the highest level of animal welfare and paves the way for top-quality breast meat with no blood spots.
The fully automated system is available for a wide range of breeds, weights and capacities. The phases of the CAS SmoothFlow process have been sharply defined and arranged to properly control the stunning with an atmosphere that is easily and precisely programmable.
The air mixture near the broilers is continuously monitored and can be adjusted if needed via the touchscreen. In this way, the process can be programmed to a level of accuracy unequaled by other poultry stunners.
The robust construction of the CAS SmoothFlow concept works with a single straight-ahead belt without any transitions, making for a smoother and more welfare-friendly process. Broilers are not stressed when entering the system because, in the induction phase, they lapse gently into unconsciousness thanks to an air mixture to which extremely precise levels of carbon dioxide, as well as oxygen, have been added.
In the next phase, the stunning effect is intensified using a higher concentration of CO2, which results in an irreversible stun. Visual inspection is possible through windows throughout the stunning process. Consumption of CO2 and O2 is limited, as the air used is recirculated.
Manual shackling after stunning is much easier, as operators don't have to hang live, moving broilers. Not only is this an ergonomic benefit, but it also prevents injuries to the birds. All of these factors contribute to the best possible end product quality.
The Stork CAS SmoothFlow stunning solution is the result of almost 20 years of Controlled Atmosphere Stunning practice and experience. Since its introduction, it has been installed throughout Europe, USA and Australia. Now South America is following too.
"For Marel, it´s yet another milestone to be the very first company to install controlled atmosphere stunning systems in Latin America," says Ruud Berkers, Marel Poultry Sales Director in South America.