Cal Poly unveils new meat processing center

Oct 14, 2011
by WLJ

California Polytechnic State University’s (Cal Poly) College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences is opening the doors of the new J and G Lau Meat Processing Center and teaching facility.

The hands-on learning facility will be open for public tours Saturday, Oct. 22, from 2-5 p.m.

The nearly 15,000square-foot, $6.5 million teaching and research plant is the newest meat processing center in the U.S. Under one roof and the direction of expert faculty, students from a crosssection of disciplines will gain hands-on experience in all areas of meat processing, including humane harvest, fabrication, innovative ready-to-eat product development, food safety and packaging.

With this new state-ofthe-art facility, the Cal Poly Animal Science Department will offer the complete spectrum of meat produc tion education from breeding selection to a safe and nutritional dining experience.

True to Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy, the center enables students to gain critical real-world experience in an environment that mirrors the industry they will enter upon graduation. The meat processing center will also serve as a site for industry research and product development, enabling Cal Poly students and faculty to collaborate with industry on leadingedge practices. The facility encompasses meat and poultry harvest labs, a fabrication lab, processing center, food safety lab, thermal processing kitchen, and a ready-to-eat packaging lab.

More than $5.5 million of the cost of the center was funded by private donors, including the J and G Lau Family, industry and friends of the university. — WLJ