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(12) United States Patent

(10) Patent N0.:

Cabrales et a].
(54)

(45) Date of Patent:

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR

3,014,437 A

12/1961 Dutchess

3,050,399 A
3,216,375 A

8/1962 Kielsmeier et 31.


11/1965 Ernst

3,326,534 A

Inventors: Lynda Cabrales, Madlson, WI (US);


Maurine Anne MacBride, Oregon, WI
(Us); Jeremy Alan Thuerk Brook?eld

WI (US); Paul Gerard Morin, Madison,


WI (US); Orestes Rivero, Skokie, IL
(US); Adalys Rivero, legal
representative, Skokie, IL (US)

Notice:

Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this


patent is extended or adjusted under 35

6/1967 Pryde

3,360,824 A

l/l968 Schippers

3,377,000 A

4/1963 Mason

3,423,074 A
3,425,640 A

1/1969 Loomans
2/ 1969 Kletschke et a1.

(Continued)

FOREIGN PATENT DOCUMENTS


AU

9924991

(73) Assignee: Kraft Foods Global Brands LLC,


Nonh?eld IL (Us)
(*)

May 29, 2012

CONTINUOUS PROCESSING OF WHOLE

MUSCLE MEAT PRODUCTS

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Amendment, ?led Aug, 10, 2011, in related Us Appl, No,
12/277,141, (12 pages),

U.S.C. 154(b) by 535 days.

(Continued)
(21) Appl.No.: 12/277,154
Primary Examiner * DreW E Becker

(22)

(65)

(51)

Filedi

NOV- 24, 2008

Prior Publication Data


Us 2010/0129514 A1
May 27, 2010
Int Cl

AZZC 5/00
(52)
(58)

(2006-01)

(74) Attorney, Agent, or Firm * Fitch, Even, Tabin &

Flannery, LLP
(57)
ABSTRACT
A continuous method and system for processing Whole
muscle meat employs a mixer housing having a pair of par

allel rotating shafts located therein. The parallel rotating

U-s- Cl- ~~~~~~~ ~~ 426/274; 426/281; 426/641; 426/519


Field of Classi?cation Search ................ .. 426/274,

shafts have a plurality of mixing elements thereon, such as


frustoconical elements, blocking elements, or ellipsoid ele

426/281, 302, 641, 513, 519


See application ?le for complete search history.

ments. The mixer housing has an input end to receive the meat
ingredients, such as meat pieces, salt solution, water, preser
vatives, and other additives such as spices. The mixer housing
has an output, Which is separated a distance from the input,
such that the output discharges the Whole muscle meat prod
uct. As the ingredients including the meat move from the
input to the output along the shafts, the mixing elements work
the meat With the other ingredients thereby increasing ingre

(56)

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