Meat Safety

  • Do you wash your meat before cooking it?

    Aug 07, 2019
    It's an old wives' tale that just won't die: the idea that you should wash your meat and poultry before cooking it.
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  • 4 C's of Food Safety

    Jul 23, 2019
    We know that food safety is a major concern you face as a consumer. Here are some simple steps that you can follow to ensure that you are feeding your family the safest food possible. When preparing food, just follow the 4 C’s of food safety: Clean, don’t Cross Contaminate, Cook, and Chill.
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  • Food Safety Tips for Summer!

    Jul 19, 2019
    The summer is fast approaching, when packing up for a summer picnic don’t forget food safety. About 1 in 6 people in the US will become sick from something they ate this year, and a few safety tips can help keep you and your family from being part of that statistic.
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  • Aging Beef

    Aug 20, 2018
    Did you know that aging beef increases tenderness of meat by allowing enzymes in the meat to break down protein? Learn more about the aging process in this article!
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  • Does Color Change Mean the Product is Spoiled?

    Aug 10, 2018
    Ever wonder if the meat in your fridge should be trashed rather than prepared? Here are a few tips and tricks to determining if the product is spoiled or still safe and delicious to eat.
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  • How do you cook your steak?

    Aug 03, 2018
    In 2011, the USDA revised the safe minimum cooking temperatures for consumers to use in their homes to protect themselves against food-borne illnesses. These safe cooking temperatures are paired with new recommended resting times to ensure all harmful bacteria are killed through the cooking process.
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  • How should I store my meat?

    Aug 01, 2018
    The ideal temperature for the storage of fresh meat is 28°F to 32°F. Meat should be stored in the coldest part of the refrigerator.
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  • What is Purge?

    Aug 17, 2017
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  • Four Steps for Food Safety

    Aug 10, 2017
    Everyone involved with food is responsible for its safety including the farmer/rancher, the processor, the grocery store or restaurant, and the consumer.
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  • Back to School Food Safety

    Aug 07, 2017
    Whether it is the start of school, or off to work, many people will be packing up a lunch. It is important to keep that food safe, during the commute or while it sits, waiting for lunchtime.
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  • Safe Methods for Defrosting Meat

    Aug 02, 2017
    My meat is FROZEN! What is the best way to thaw it? 1. Refrigerator, 2. Cold water, 3. Microwave. Those will all work, but there are pros and cons to each.
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  • Color of Cooked Ground Beef as It Relates to Doneness

    Jul 12, 2017
    Endless handling and cooking instructions are listed on products, found in cookbooks and readily available on the internet. One of these food safety practices is to use a thermometer to make sure meat products are fully cooked and safe for consumption. But is using a thermometer truly necessary for the when cooking a product?
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  • Transporting Meat and Poultry

    May 30, 2017
    Meat and poultry products must be refrigerated or frozen after processing and before shipment to inhibit spoilage and growth of pathogens. During transportation and storage, the challenge is to maintain proper refrigeration temperatures.
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  • 3 Ways to Fight Food Waste, In and Out of Your Kitchen

    May 23, 2017
    Every year, billions of pounds of good food go to waste in the U.S. because home cooks are not sure of the quality or safety of items. USDA estimates that 21% of the available food in the U.S. goes uneaten at the consumer level. In total, 36 pounds of food per person is wasted each month at the retail and consumer levels!
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  • The Truth About Antibiotics

    May 17, 2017
    Information is often thrown around in the news about antibiotics in meats and what that means for the consumer. Many of these sources claim that animals used for slaughter are constantly being pumped with antibiotics to promote growth and other valuable characteristics. In reality, the main reasons antibiotics are used is to keep the animals healthy.
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  • Role of Convenient Meats in Healthy Diets

    May 16, 2017
    All foods can fit into a balanced diet, and while there really are no good or bad foods, there are good and bad diets. In order to know the difference it’s important to be an educated consumer and build diets with foods from all food groups, be mindful of appropriate portion sizes, and be physically active to help balance calories in and calories out.
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  • Worker Safety in the Meat Packing Plant

    May 10, 2017
    Many years ago the industry was among the most dangerous, but over time, particularly in the last 25 years, that has changed dramatically. Yet, probably due to the reading of books such as The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, consumers remain very concerned about the safety of the workers in the meat packing plants.
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  • Mechanically Tenderized Beef

    Apr 26, 2017
    You may have heard or read something recently about new labeling requirements for meat that has been mechanically tenderized. We have had a few questions about it and wanted to help people understand what this really means.
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  • Knives - Tips and Tricks

    Apr 19, 2017
    Knives are designed for particular functions. For meat, a chef’s knife is used for chopping, cubing, mincing and dicing; a narrow thin-bladed knife for boning; and a cleaver for cutting through bone and for tenderizing.
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  • What are Nitrites/Nitrates?

    Apr 12, 2017
    Nitrites give cured meats, like ham and bacon, the distinct color, aroma and flavor we love. Nitrite is also an antioxidant and has antimicrobial properties.
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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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