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The Meat of the Matter: Treating Wastewater from Meat Processing

Meat is a large part of many people’s everyday diet. According to data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the average American adult consumed 90 kilograms (198 pounds) of cows, chickens, pigs, and sheep in 2014. The global average during that same year was 34 kilograms (75 pounds). Overall, global meat consumption is projected to increase more than 4 percent per person over the next 10 years. 

According to The Guardian, 52 billion chickens are slaughtered each year and this number is likely to rise as meat consumption increases. Preparing this much meat results in a lot of wastewater. Regardless of whether the final product is fresh, cured, frozen, or cooked, meat processing wastewater can be difficult to treat. It can contain:

  • Total Suspended Solids (TSS)
  • Fats, oils, and grease (FOG)
  • Biochemical oxygen demand (BOD)
  • Chemical oxygen demand (COD)
  • Excess nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus)
  • Proteins
  • Pollutants such as detergents and disinfectants used during cleaning

Environmental regulations are stricter than ever before, challenging slaughterhouses, rendering plants, and processing plants to comply with discharge limits while still earning a profit.

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