Electronic Grind Logs - M-Squared Meat Manager — Applied Data Corp


ADC’s M-Squared Meat Manager allows you to centrally define and standardize templates and text required for meat cutting while also retaining fresh meat traceability through electronic grind logs.

This system consists of three systems:

  • Meat Grind/Mince Traceability Manger provides electronic grind logs, enabling rigorous yet easy compliance with regulatory directives for tracking the various contents of your meat grind/mince batches.
  • Meat Cutting Manager standardizes and verifies the ways in which meat primals are cut across your cutting plants and grocery retail chain, saving you time and money.
  • Lot/Batch Traceability Manager facilitates your link in the “farm-to-fork” traceability chain now required in many regulatory regions.
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The Meat Grind/Mince Traceability Manager is an electronic, automated system that captures and records key ground meat traceability information retailers, regulators and establishments need to quickly and effectively identify potential source materials that could cause or contribute to a food safety challenge, at any time.

Regulatory Compliance

New regulations are being introduced around the world to ensure that retailers and suppliers are able to quickly and accurately trace the origins of meat in the event of a recall.

On July 16, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) released a rule aimed at improving the traceability of ground meats to prevent transmission of foodborne pathogens. The effective date for this rule is June 20, 2016 with compliance required by October 2016.

The rule requires all makers of ground beef products to keep records identifying the following information for one year:

  • Supplier Information (names, point of contact, phone numbers and establishment numbers)
  • Supplier Lot Numbers and Product Dates
  • Names of Supplied Materials
  • Amount of Beef Component Used in Each Lot
  • Date and Time Each Lot of Raw Ground Beef Product is Produced
  • Date and Time of Grinding Equipment are Sanitized

To read the final rule, click here.

An Automated Traceability Solution

ADC’s Meat Grind/Mince Traceability Manager tracks and records all legally required data of ground meat in electronic logs.

Once installed, the Meat Grind/Mince Traceability Manager helps:

  • Reduce human error in logging the sources of ground meat each day.
  • Respond to recalls quickly and accurately because of easy-to-access electronic reports.
  • Lower labor costs by replacing paper based tracking systems, saving thousands of dollars per year in labor.
  • Trace the origin of all ground meat, protecting your company and providing accountability in the event of a contamination.
  • Prompt employees for sanitation of equipment after a grind is completed.

The Meat Grind/Mince Traceability Manager can be installed either at a retailer’s headquarters or on the cloud.  It features an easy-to-use browser interface, allowing retailers to quickly implement the software with little investment in additional hardware.

The information captured within the Meat Grind/Mince Traceability Manager is displayed in a visually comprehensive Grind Log report.  Retailers can retrieve vital data in real-time in order to respond to situations as they occur.

The Grind Log Report contains all of the following data:

  • Product Description
  • Packer Information
  • Establishment Number
  • Production Date
  • Serial/Sequence Number
  • Pounds (Lbs.) Ground
  • Grind Time
  • Team Member
  • Full/Partial/No/End of Day Cleaning
  • Time and Date of Cleaning
  • Associate Name

This information is searchable, providing regulators and retailers with a quick means of tracking back source materials for ground meat.



The ADC Meat Cutting Manager allows you to centrally define standardized cutting templates, each representing a specification for optimally dividing a meat primal into its saleable items.

Additionally, it enables you to assign in-store cutting tests which track meat cutter efficiency and primal yield results, per primal, according to the cutting template.

M-Squared uses the cutting test to derive cost and margin reporting for finished cutting runs. This reporting shows the yield and derived cost/margin based off the primal cost and total value of the saleable labeled goods.


Driven by food safety concerns around the world, regulatory responses are moving towards “farm-to-fork” traceability tracking. ADC’s Lot/Batch Traceability Manager module is developed in conjunction with our European customers, whereby each uniquely identified meat-box primal (lot/batch) is scanned by a barcode scanner associated with the meat cutting scale to elicit its traceability identifiers. In conjunction with the InterScale system the traceability information including born in country, raised/reared in country, slaughter house identifier and lot number and cutting/de-boning plant identifier and lot number are transferred to the scale which prints this traceability information in a structured format on all of the saleable item label derived from that lot, for the customer’s benefit. This allows much more accurate and targeted recall than the alternative of having to clear the whole meat case.

The Lot/Batch Traceability Manager module provides your portal into the GS1 international standard traceability tracking network.