Poultry distributor adopts technology to combat waste

A change in France's waste legislation in July 2010 encouraged SFPA, a poultry distribution company, to examine the potential of installing candling machines at its Mûr de Bretagne, France site. Apart from being able to determine live from clear or damaged embryos, candling technology can reduce the amount of waste generated by a hatchery.

A change in France's waste legislation in July 2010 encouraged SFPA, a poultry distribution company, to examine the potential of installing candling machines at its Mûr de Bretagne, France site. Apart from being able to determine live from clear or damaged embryos, candling technology can reduce the amount of waste generated by a hatchery.

"Hatch residue is the main source of waste at our sites. It consists of egg shell, fluff and dead or infertile eggs. The non-hatchable eggs are mostly of liquid consistency and being able to separate these from the hatch significantly reduces our waste treatment cost. When the subsidies we received to handle this waste dropped, our costs increased dramatically and we turned to iD Projects to provide us with a solution," said Yann Ruelland, hatchery manager at SFPA.

Since April 2010, SFPA has been using the iD Twin candling machine from iD Projects, a hatchery technology provider. It is capable of processing up to 100,000 eggs per hour and uses artificial vision equipment, according to the company. This technology takes more than 1,200 surface measurements across each egg top to identify and remove clear and dead embryos. 

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