USSEC Participates in AGROEXPO 2013 in Columbia; Provides Technical Assistance to Pork Processors
- General News
USSEC recently participated in AGROEXPO 2013, the largest agricultural and livestock fair in Colombia. USSEC consultant Julio Chaves presented two lectures titled “Factors Affecting Pork Quality” and “Pork Meat for Export.” The AGROEXPO took place from July 11-21 in Bogotá and is open to the general public, gathering more than 9000 exhibitors and attracting approximately 1,350,000 visitors each year.
Mr. Chaves visited a deboning facility in Bogotá which processes a total of 110 hogs per day. He provided assistance on plant distribution topics and gave recommendations for modifying some parts of the plant in order to comply with Colombian regulations for a facility of its kind. Mr. Chaves also visited a company in Cali that sells pork meat and has its own deboning facility as well as a small sausage plant. The consultant discussed the pros and cons of using modified atmosphere packaging for meat and gave recommendations of the proper usage of this packaging system.
While at this company, Mr. Chaves further promoted and demonstrated the use of soybean concentrate in the preparation of pork skin emulsions widely used in the sausage industry.