São Paulo, January 26, 2017 – The new JBS beef processing unit which was inaugurated on October 1 in Belen, Paraguay, is a model of sustainable efficiency. As the first plant that the company has planned and built from the ground up, this unit was constructed using the best practices and technologies implemented at JBS units worldwide, guaranteeing improved productivity and efficiency and adopting the best animal welfare techniques – back to an approved by Temple Grandin, an international specialist renowned for her work in this area.
Best practices begin when the animals arrive at the unit. Cattle disembark at the same level as the truck and do not use ramps, as part of the company’s focus on animal welfare and to improve handling. The entire corral is covered, which stops water accumulating on-site and avoids waste. A detailed system was also implemented at the corral to increase animal comfort using a device called a restrainer, which brings the animal to the first phase of the slaughter process: stunning. This procedure not only reduces any possible stress the animal may suffer, it increases the processing speed per hour of production.
The new unit includes a modern water treatment station which, alongside the optimized production process, as reduced water consumption by 30%. Water is reused after being treated with an activated sludge as part of a highly efficient biological process. Using this procedure, the company can guarantee that treated water can be reused by any of the plant’s industrial processes. Additionally, a modern waste treatment system has been installed using equipment to separate fats and dissolved solids.
Energy saving is also a routine matter of the new plant. All in illumination it uses LED lighting and the plants seven compressors operate using frequency inverters, which modulate and balance the power being consumed based on operational requirements, generating an estimated 10% saving compared with other Brazilian units. Another innovation is the way heat from heated water used during several stages the process is recycled, reducing boiler activity; the boiler is also fed with solid waste (rumen and material from the water treatment station), reducing the volume of waste generated by the unit.
The design also included a significant investment in employee ergonomics and safety. As a first of its kind in the Paraguay meatpacking industry, the plant production system also meets certain requirements specified by the NR12 ad NR 36 certificates, which include safer and more ergonomic tool and machinery handling on the production line (applied in Brazil) and enables adoption of other certificates such as OHSAS 18001 (Paraguay). The plant, which provides air-conditioning in all areas, was designed to increase productivity and adopt best working practices.
JBS, a company with over 60 years’ experience, is a food company that manages production platforms and commercial offices in over 20 countries. The company has over 230 thousand staff worldwide, exports to more than 150 countries and serves over 300 thousand active clients globally. JBS has a diverse product portfolio that includes dozens of brands that are known throughout the world. The company is also active in other sectors related to its core business, such as leather, biodiesel, collagen, soaps, glycerin and casings and owns waste management, metal packaging and shipping businesses that support its global operations.
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