Meat & Livestock News

AI and UV Innovations Enhance Personal Hygiene in Processing Facilities


  • AMPC is finalising a project that uses AI and UV technology to improve worker hygiene in one of Australia’s largest pre-pack processing facilities.
  • The technology includes an AI-driven system for reminding staff of hygiene practices and UV sanitisation for cleaning equipment.
  • This initiative aims to reduce contamination risks and enhance quality assurance in high-volume processing environments.

To bolster personal hygiene practices within processing facilities, the Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC) is nearing the completion of an innovative project. This initiative, situated at the Casino Food Co-op Retail Ready Value Add Processing Plant, a key player in the Australian retail sector, integrates advanced AI technology and UV sanitisation methods to mitigate risk.

The facility, responsible for packaging nearly 100,000 packs daily across 300 stock-keeping units (SKUs), places a high priority on quality assurance (QA) and risk management. Trevor Moore, Executive Group Manager at The Casino Food Group, highlights the critical nature of stringent QA processes in their operations. The introduction of cutting-edge technology serves to support and amplify these existing measures.

Central to the AMPC project is enhancing the personal hygiene anteroom, a crucial area for employee and product safety. Entry and exit points are closely monitored, with an AI-driven system to prompt staff adherence to strict hygiene protocols. This system employs a hands-free, digital, high-volume traffic washer, ensuring consistent application of hygiene practices.

Additionally, the project incorporates state-of-the-art equipment and a UV sanitising system, aimed at maintaining the cleanliness of the cleaning equipment itself. Ann McDonald, AMPC Program Manager, underscores the significance of such technological advancements in managing contamination risks in high-volume processing settings. By leveraging AI, the project establishes robust hygiene processes and facilitates staff compliance, marking a significant step forward in risk management strategies.