Fresh Meat

  • How much fat is in meat?

    Sep 07, 2017
    The amount of adipose tissue differs widely among carcasses. The amount of fat stored in adipose tissue and the total quantity of adipose tissue increase rapidly as animals mature (if they are on a high plane of nutrition) and can be affected by the amount and type of feed fed to the animal, hormone balance and genetics.
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  • How should I store my meat?

    Sep 07, 2017
    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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  • Are spinach and other vegetables a true substitute for meat as an iron source?

    Aug 23, 2017
    Sufficient iron intake plays an integral part in maintaining a healthy body. In fact, iron deficiency anemia is the most common nutrition deficiency across all parts of the world. A deficiency in iron can cause loss of energy, mood changes and headaches.
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  • National Beef Quality Audit: Setting Standards for Quality and Consistency

    Aug 21, 2017
    For 25 years, the Beef Checkoff has funded the National Beef Quality Audit in order to better help beef producers set standards for quality and consistency of the US beef supply. While past NBQAs focused heavily on carcass traits, the 2016 audit highlighted the concerns of sustainability, food safety and animal well-being.
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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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  • Beef in a Healthful Diet

    Aug 09, 2017
    Thanks to extensive farm-to-fork efforts, beef is leaner than ever before. Since the late 1970s, the per capita contribution of beef to the diet has seen a 44 percent reduction in fat and a 29 percent reduction in saturated fat.
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  • 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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  • Is Meat and Poultry Affordable?

    Aug 02, 2017
    The U.S. meat industry provides products that are in fact both affordable and safe. The industry has worked to increase the affordability of the product.
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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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  • Do you wash your meat before cooking it?

    Jul 19, 2017
    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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  • 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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  • Food Safety Tips for Summer!

    Jul 11, 2017
    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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  • Composition of Meat - Water, Carbohydrates, Minerals and Vitamins

    Jun 08, 2017
    The most abundant chemical in meat is water followed by protein then fat. Carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins occur on much smaller amounts but nevertheless are very important metabolically and nutritionally.
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  • How to Incorporate Lean Meats in Your Diet

    May 31, 2017
    According to the USDA My Plate campaign a person should consume 3 ounces of lean protein per day. You may ask yourself the question, "What is considered lean?" Lean meat can be anything from pork, chicken, beef, lamb, or fish. Checkoff programs have identified lean cuts of meat for beef and pork.
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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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  • Are spinach and other vegetables a true substitute for meat as an iron source?

    May 24, 2017
    Sufficient iron intake plays an integral part in maintaining a healthy body. In fact, iron deficiency anemia is the most common nutrition deficiency across all parts of the world. A deficiency in iron can cause loss of energy, mood changes and headaches.
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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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  • Grilling: Selecting the Perfect Steak

    May 03, 2017
    The days are getting longer and the temperatures are rising. As summer draws closer, it is time to break out the barbecue grills and grill up some meat. It is easy to fire up the grill, but sometimes more difficult to decide what on the grill.
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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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Video Podcasts and Webinars

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

    03/22/2016

    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

    01/12/2016

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

  • Meat in the Diet

    08/10/2015

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Social Media

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