Magnattack® Solves Long-Standing Issue With Metal Contamination In Meat Processing

Magnattack® Global recently solved a serious contamination issue in a large meat processing facility where tiny stainless steel fragments in meat meal were traced back to drenching capsules inside the sheep's stomach.

Over a long period of time, there has been a standing problem with tiny metal fragments contaminating meat meal products, a by-product of meat processing. During the process of turning the offal from slaughter into meat meal, the small drenching capsule remains in the animal’s stomach. These are then ground up by the mills and grinders in the facility, causing metal contamination in the meat meal. This can then lead to large product recalls, costly damage to brands and sales, and also damage to processing equipment.

A large meat processing facility in Goulburn NSW was experiencing this problem and contacted Magnattack® for assistance. Magnattack® technicians carefully inspected the process and the source of the contamination before supplying a special self-cleaning magnet system that was incorporated into the flow of meat meal. Much investigation and careful consideration were given due to the nature of the product and its properties, which often make it difficult to treat.

Following the installation of this equipment, the reduction in metal fragment issues has dramatically reduced and Southern Meats is completely satisfied with the end result. A spokesman for Southern Meats has said: "The system is excellent and I’m happy to tell anyone who has the same issues about it." Proving its worth over more than 3 years, "the Mag-Ram® has given us assurance that we have a safer, much more valuable product than before".


As a result, Magnattack® Global has already designed and manufactured 2 more large units for a major international meat producer in Mudgee, NSW and Albany, WA.

The Magnattack® Self-Cleaning Grate Magnet System that was used is a very versatile machine that has the ability to collect weakly magnetic fragments such as work-hardened stainless steel and magnetic stone particles and can be automatically cleaned both during production and after/before production runs.

The system can be installed virtually anywhere, including hard to access locations. The self-cleaning magnet system cleans periodically on a timer using either stand-alone controls or PLC controls. Frequency of cleaning parameters can be adjusted according to the level of contamination and product throughput.

Benefits of using Magnattack® Re80® Mag-Ram® Self-Cleaning Grate Systems:

  • HACCP Internationally certified equipment.
  • Australian made and designed.
  • RE80® +10,000 Gauss magnet technology.
  • Product and brand security.
  • Machinery and plant protection.
  • Reduce WHS/OSHA issues or injuries resulting from cleaning heavy magnets.
  • Increased production and improved product quality.

The Magnattack® team are experts in finding solutions to difficult metal fragment contamination problems like these. With concentrated effort and many years of experience, Magnattack® can now help anyone in the meat processing industry worldwide with these sorts of issues.

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