Meat Labels

  • What is Certified Tender?

    Aug 02, 2017
    The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the USDA, oversees the Beef Carcass Quality Grading Program that deals with grading such as USDA Prime, Choice or Select.
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  • Ground Beef vs Hamburger - Do you know the difference?

    Jul 19, 2017
    Ground beef accounts for an estimated 60% of all beef consumption in the U.S. and is a frequent purchase in many households.
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  • Pork: Where did this cut come from?

    Jun 22, 2017
    Names for cuts of meat can be confusing. The cut referred to as the leg on pork, veal and lamb, is known as the round when it’s on a cow. So, it’s no wonder that consumers get overwhelmed at the meat counter and stick to cuts they are already familiar with. Pork is sectioned into five major sections – pork shoulder, picnic shoulder, loin, side and leg – and then broken down into smaller cuts available at the meat counter or butcher.
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  • Misleading claims of “Hormone Free” or “Antibiotic Free”

    Jun 08, 2017
    Hormones help animals grow, reproduce, and maintain the body’s daily functions; therefore, any animal product, from meat, to milk or eggs, contains naturally-occurring hormones.
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  • What’s in a food label? Natural

    Jun 08, 2017
    The term natural refers to the meat itself and how it was processed. It has nothing to do with the way the animal was raised.
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  • How Can You Tell if Your Meat is Still Fresh?

    Apr 06, 2017
    You open your fridge and reach for your favorite cut of meat. As you are unwrapping it you look down at the product date on the package and see that the date has already passed. You inspect the meat looking to see if it still looks fresh. Can the meat still be good, even if the date on the package has passed?
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  • Anatomy of a Food Label: Certified Angus Beef

    Mar 02, 2017
    When you go to the meat counter one thing you may see on a meat label would be the words CAB, or Certified Angus Beef. Consumers hear about this program all of the time as being a better, higher quality option for beef. What is the purpose behind this program and what makes the beef labeled CAB different from the rest?
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  • Anatomy of a Meat Product Label

    Apr 14, 2016
    In the U.S, labeling of meat and poultry products intended for interstate commerce is closely regulated by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The FSIS has strict rules regarding the content and appearance of meat or poultry product labels.
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  • Liquid Smoke

    Mar 01, 2016
    The process of smoking meat is an ancient food preservation technique. Throughout history, smoking has been used to add flavor as well as preserve meat.
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  • Anatomy of a Meat Product Label

    Feb 12, 2016
    All retail meat or poultry product labels must have 5 features, but can be required to have other facts and statements displayed depending on the type of product.
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  • What’s in a food label? Grass Fed

    Dec 17, 2015
    To use the Grass-fed label on a beef package, the USDA requires that the cattle were (1) Only allowed to eat grass or hay for their entire lives; (2) Never given grain or grain byproducts; and (3) Allowed access to pasture during the growing season.
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  • Water in Meat and Poultry

    Dec 14, 2015
    Meat and poultry are composed of naturally occurring water, muscle, connective tissue, fat, and bone.
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  • Labeling requirement of traditional and alternative cured meat products.

    Nov 17, 2015
    The USDA has defined Standards of Identity for processed meats, and the standard of identity of some products, including frankfurters, ham, and bacon, states that they are cured.
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  • What’s in a food label? Organic

    Oct 23, 2015
    To be labeled with the USDA Organic label, meat, milk and eggs must be produced from animals that were raised following strict rules on farms that are subject to audits by the National Organic Program.
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Video Podcasts and Webinars

  • Grass or grain? Is there a definitively sustainable beef production system?


    The webinar examined the science relating to grass-fed and grain-fed beef in terms of sustainable... read more »

  • 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Update


    Kris Sollid, Registered Dietitian with the International Food Information Council and Sarah Romo... read more »

  • Meat in the Diet


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