Sanitary conveyors keep meat, poultry and seafood safe

Meat, poultry and seafood processors are among the most strictly regulated food processors in the United States.


According to the North American Meat Institute (NAMI), “As an industry that sells nutritious food to more than 95 percent of Americans, meat and poultry companies place a high priority on ensuring the security of their food facilities and supply (...) and recognize they have an enormous responsibility in providing safe and wholesome products to millions of Americans.”* SideDrive conveyors offer a robust solution for helping ensure meat, poultry and seafood processors are able to keep their products safe.

Source: *NAMI. Food Defense in the Meat and Poultry Industry Fact Sheet. North American Meat Institute. 


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Customized conveyor configurations optimize your protein production


One size does not fit all when it comes to meat, poultry and seafood processing conveyors. Modular by design, SideDrive’s unique conveyor configurations allow you to optimize your protein production space based on your individual needs. Whether you need to retrofit an existing configuration or build one from scratch, SideDrive can design and configure a custom conveying solution that you’ve only dreamt of, until now. The possibilities are endless!

Product Card - Basic Transport

● Move products up to and down from a freezer or refrigerator

● Move products up or down between floors without lifts or elevators

● Transport goods from processing to packaging

Product Card - Process Needs

● Can be used when time is needed between processes

● Timed settings help ensure temperature maintenance and avoid temperature abuse during fish processing

● Timed settings help with meat and poultry stabilization

Product Card - unique configurations

● Fully-customizable

● Build systems around existing equipment or facility infrastructure

● Infinite shapes and elevations, including oblong, alpine, and square turns to follow the perimeter of a room if needed


Applications for versatile meat, poultry and seafood conveyors


Our sanitary protein conveyors are perfect for products such as:
  • Raw foods such as beef patties, pork chops, cuts of poultry, and pieces of fish
  • Cooked products such as chicken, meatballs and hot dogs
  • Primary packaged products such as trays of ground meat, extruded plant-based protein, or thermoformed chicken cutlets and fish filets
  • Secondary packaged products such as cartons of fish sticks, rigid containers of lunch meat and seafood
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Protect your products from adulteration


SideDrive conveyors are complementary to Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) food safety systems that are required under the guidance of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for meat, poultry and seafood processors.

Meat, poultry and seafood conveyors made with food-safe materials protect your product from contamination. Since the gentle motion of the side-drive edge-driven conveyor belting keeps your products from moving around, transferless and spiral conveyors prevent product loss while safely handling meat, poultry and seafood. Additionally, plastic belting prevents damage or marks on meat, poultry and seafood products caused by its rigid metal counterpart and helps reduce product loss due to adhesion.

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Sanitation made simple with SideDrive’s sanitary conveyors


As a Delphi study conducted by the FDA study suggests, “poor plant and equipment sanitation” are top-rated food safety issues among meat and poultry processors.* SideDrive conveyors are hygienically designed with food safety and cleanability as top priorities.

Since cleanability is essential to meat, poultry and seafood conveyors, the small footprint of SideDrive spiral conveyors is beneficial for easy accessibility, cleaning and sanitation. Hygienic features and plastic belting make washdown more effective. These features include:

  • Food-safe materials
  • Open, drumless design
  • Edge-driven belt
  • Sloped surfaces for easy run-off
  • Cantilevered, stainless, open-frame design
  • Plate frame structure easy for cleaning
  • Hygienic feet
  • Continuous welds to prevent harborage of bacteria
  • Welded standoffs that separate parallel surfaces
  • Solid UHMW wearstrips

Source: *U.S. FDA. Good Manufacturing Practices for the 21st Century for Food Processing (2004 Study) Section 4: Common Food Safety Problems in the U.S. Food Processing Industry. United States Food and Drug Administration. 

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