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1. (WO2018204508) STUNNER/KILLER ELECTRODE PLATE AND TROUGH

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/204508    International Application No.:    PCT/US2018/030673
Publication Date: Fri Nov 09 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Thu May 03 01:59:59 CEST 2018
IPC: A22B 3/06
A22B 3/08
A22B 1/00
Applicants: SIMMONS ENGINEERING COMPANY
Inventors: AIREY, Jeffrey, L.
ARP, Derrick, C.
CLAY, Stephan, A.
Title: STUNNER/KILLER ELECTRODE PLATE AND TROUGH
Abstract:
A poultry stunning apparatus including a trough for containing water through which the poultry is carried for stunning. The apparatus also including an electrical control module configured to apply a DC current to the poultry at a voltage sufficient to stun the poultry and to apply AC current to the stunned poultry at a voltage and for a period of time sufficient to immobilize and relax the muscles of the stunned poultry, while at the same time avoiding or minimizing damage to the poultry tissue. The apparatus further including a stunning electrode positioned within the trough, the stunning electrode including a metal plate adapted and positioned within the trough to be contacted in a contact zone by the poultry as the poultry are carried along, the contact zone of the metal plate being substantially smooth and uninterrupted.