Meat Product Development and Processing Programs

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 The Food Processing Development Centre, located in Leduc, is registered by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency as Meat Establishment 442. We are in compliance with the Acts and Regulations included in the Meat Hygiene Program. This ensures the meat and poultry products produced at our centre may be shipped for interprovincial and out of country export and trade.

Our meat scientists have expertise in development of a wide variety of new products, from concept through to prototype development, plant scale-up and interim processing needs.

We are well equipped to carry out every type of further processing of meat:

  • Whole muscle processing
  • Comminuted processing
  • Smoked meats
  • Mixed-ingredient food products
  • Innovative uses for less tender cuts
  • Ready meals
We can also assist with:
  • Selecting appropriate processing equipment
  • Advice regarding packaging
  • Guidance in obtaining label approval
  • Sensory evaluation to assess consumer acceptance
  • Physical properties measurement (i.e. water activity, pH)
  • New technology evaluation and transfer
  • Sensory evaluation including descriptive analyses and consumer acceptance
The FPDC offers short courses and seminars on various topics relevant to meat processors including new and emerging technologies and sausage & processed meat.

Marek Gierus, M.Sc.Process Operations ManagerPhone:
Craig Bansema, M.Sc. Meat Scientist Phone:
Zbigniew Pietrasik, Ph.DMeat ScientistPhone:
Arie Vandermeer, B.Sc.Meat ScientistPhone:
Haihong Wang, Ph.DMeat ScientistPhone:

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This information published to the web on June 3, 2009.
Last Reviewed/Revised on January 18, 2018.