Transforming animal by-products into functional meat products using 3D Printing

The utilization of meat by-products (e.g., heart, liver, kidney, intestines, and tongue) is necessary due to their adverse effects on environment. Livestock by-products represent about 52% of the cattle live weight. Since greater amounts of animals live weight is rendered unfavorable for regular consumption, it becomes important to develop technologies for the effective utilization of meat by-products. Furthermore, the large scale disposal of meat by-products in landfills raises environmental concerns. In this regard, their reuse in 3D printing technology could be an alternative. This project goal is to transform beef by-products into functional products through the use of the emerging 3D printing technology for culturally-diverse Canadian consumers. This project proposes a novel initiative to improve the sustainability of livestock production by reducing animal by-product waste. The production of functional meat products through 3D printing that meets optimal nutritional requirements recommended by Health Canada for different population age stages such as adult and seniors.

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Md Mahmudul Hasan
Faculty Supervisor: 
Argenis Rodas-Gonzalez
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Manitoba
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