What’s genomic testing, and what does it have to do with beef?

Beef is huge. It’s a huge part of our diets, sure, but also of our global economy. Around the world, an estimated 57 million tons of beef are produced each year. A recent report issued by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association shows that there are more than 700,000 beef cattle ranches in the U.S. alone.

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Beef, barbecue and burgers: Cooking safely

May is a big month: It’s Hamburger Month, Beef Month and Barbecue Month (and not to mention Chocolate Custard Month, Salsa Month and Egg Month).

With so many foods to celebrate this month, especially burgers and barbecue, we figure it’s a good time to recap some grilling safety facts:

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Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Texas cattle and cotton

In recent weeks, numerous parts of the world have faced dangerous flooding due to excessive rainfall: Texas, Northern Ireland and South Asia, most notably.

While flooding is devastating in innumerable ways, the impact on agriculture is huge, with effects that shoot far along the food supply chain.

In the case of Texas, the biggest producer […]

The heat-resistant ‘cow of the future’

Photo by Raluca Mateescu

Time for some cow math. Angus + Brahman = Brangus.

Angus cattle, originally from Scotland, are one of the most popular breeds for beef in the world. With black or red coloring and natural lack of horns, the breed is used for crossbreeding to introduce positive traits in cows. Angus […]

Food Fraud: It’s deceptive and dangerous

In 2013, scandal rocked the European food industry after equine DNA was found in (allegedly) beef burgers produced in Ireland. The discovery caused a domino effect of revelations across the continent, exposing that horse and other animal meat was being used as filler — or an entire substitute — for frozen beef burgers sold to […]

Research on Salmonella in cattle lymph nodes continues

Recent research has been showing that the foodborne pathogen Salmonella can be apparent in the lymph nodes of cattle causing contamination in undercooked ground beef. Commonly thought of as a concern in undercooked poultry instead of beef, Salmonella may be showing up in ground beef because the lymph nodes are not typically removed during the […]

Monday links

Catch up on the latest news and information in the food safety, animal science and agriculture industries with Monday links!

Food Safety

Will Mechanically Tenderized Beef Labeling Be Pushed Back to 2018? – Food Safety News Long-planned efforts to place a label on mechanically tenderized beef may be delayed another two years — until […]

Beef growth additive ban lifted in South Korea

The controversial animal feed additive, zilpaterol, will now be allowed in South Korea after a ban on the growth-booster used in cattle was lifted earlier this month.

According to a report from International Business Times, the lifting of the ban will now allow imports and domestic sale of beef from cattle given zilpaterol to be […]

New Salmonella standards coming for beef and poultry

The beef and poultry industry will soon see new performance standards for inspection procedures that aim to prevent illnesses relating to Salmonella, according to a recent article published in Food Safety News.

Planned to take effect within a year, these inspection procedures are being developed by the USDA’s Food Safety and inspection Service (FSIS) and […]

Improved heifer care eyed to beef up cattle herd, quality

For the past 60 years the U.S. cow herd has been declining, creating a short supply of beef for consumers and thus leading to meat prices reaching new record highs almost every week.

While it may seem like there is an obvious solution to this problem, repopulating the cow herd for quality beef involves more […]