Patent Number: 6,167,709

Title: Food processing method and system

Abstract: Various food processing methods and a food processing system minimize microbial growth while an animal, such as a chicken, is processed into food. During processing, temperature of an animal carcass and atmosphere surrounding the carcass are controlled by spraying gases and a mixture of ozone and water on the carcass, directing the gases through a passage in a wall to cool a processing area, and flowing the gases into atmosphere surrounding the carcass. Preferably, the gases include ozone and cryogenic gases recycled from a cryogenic freezer. The system uses a reduced amount of fresh water by recycling water used during food processing.

Inventors: Caracciolo, Jr.; Louis D. (Atco, NJ), Grace; Mark (Bridgewater, NJ), Kulik; William (Cranford, NJ)

Assignee: The BOC Group, Inc.

International Classification: A23B 4/16 (20060101); A23B 4/06 (20060101); A23B 7/144 (20060101); A23B 4/30 (20060101); A23B 4/14 (20060101); A23B 4/09 (20060101); A23B 4/26 (20060101); A23B 7/04 (20060101); A23B 7/055 (20060101); A23B 7/14 (20060101); A23B 4/24 (20060101); A23B 7/158 (20060101); A23B 7/159 (20060101); A23B 7/157 (20060101); F25D 017/02 (); F25D 025/04 (); F17C 007/02 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018