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Meat co-products workshop

Event Time 9 AM - 3 PM
Venue Teagasc Ashtown

Recovery of high value protein-rich functional co-products from meat processing chains represents an area of significant opportunity for the Irish Industry. We are delighted to invite you to this workshop that will give participants an update on the latest national and international advances in basic and applied research in the areas of animal (non-dairy) protein extraction. Our main focus will be on the development of high value products from bovine and porcine fifth quarter for applications in food, sports nutrition, pet-food and biomedical areas.


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Further Information

There is no charge for this event but advance registration is required.

The afternoon demonstration session will be prioritised for the industry and the number of participants will be limited. Please send an email to liana.drummond@teagasc.ie if you are interested in attending.

The workshop programme is available below

For further information please contact liana.drummond@teagasc.ie or +353 (0)1 8059513.


9.30 am Registration

9.45 am Welcome address - Declan Troy, Assistant Director of Research / Head. Technology Transfer Office, Teagasc Food Research Centre

Session 1: National and International Scenario
Chairperson: Dr Anne Maria Mullen, Teagasc Food Research Centre

10.00 am Food Waste Recovery: Barriers and Opportunities
Dr. Charis Galanakis, R&I Director Galanakis Laboratories, Greece

10.30 am Possible uses of Processed Slaughter Co-Products
Ir. Carine van Vuure MSc, Darling Ingredients International, The Netherlands

11.00 am The potential of co-products for harnessing proteins from the meat processing chain
Dr. Carlos Álvarez, Teagasc Food Research Centre

Tea & Coffee break - Opportunity to explore and interact with researchers working on the valorisation of a variety of side streams.

11.50 am Techno-functional ingredients for meat products – current challenges
Dr. Ciara McDonnell, Teagasc Food Research Centre

12.10 am A consumer perspective: facilitators and barriers to demand for foods containing meat co-products
Prof. Mary McCarthy, University College Cork

12.30 pm Legislative environment for 5th quarter products
John Matthews, Food Safety Authority Ireland

12:45 pm Agrocycle – the circular economy: recycling and valorisation of agri-food industry waste stream
Geraldine Hanley, University College Dublin

12:55 pm Agriforvalor – valorising and exploiting side stream biomass resources from agriculture and forestry
Dr. Helena McMahon - Shannon ABC, Institute of Technology Tralee

Lunch Opportunity to explore and interact with researchers working on the valorisation of a variety of side streams

Session 2: Demonstrations

13:45 pm Processing Hall - Dr. Carlos Álvarez and Sarah Lynch, Teagasc Food Research Centre

  • Blood separation and processing
  • 5th quarter protein extraction
  • Techno-functional properties

End of Workshop