Med. Weter. 74

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Quality problems in mechanically separated meat
Mechanically separated meat (MSM) is obtained from bones or fragments with naturally adherent soft tissue by mechanical separation of soft tissue residues from bones remaining after cutting and punching poultry, pork and beef carcasses. Mechanically separated meat is a raw material commonly used in processing in Poland and other countries. The dominant species in the production of mechanically separated meat in Europe is poultry, mainly because of the increase in the consumption of boneless meat and its products. Mechanically separated meat is characterized by poorer technological and physicochemical properties and lower durability compared to poultry meat cut by hand. The high microbiological contamination of raw material limits its further use. The microbiological quality of mechanically separated meat has a significant impact on the microbiological stability and health safety of products manufactured from it. In industrial practice, mechanically separated meat is preserved by freezing or curing. In view of problems with the microbiological quality of mechanically separated meat, it seems advisable to search for new methods of preserving MSM and to improve the existing ones
Keywords: mechanically separated meat, MSM preservation, MSM quality