Processed Meats

  • Bacon - Do you know how it is made?

    Sep 07, 2017
    The bacon craze took the world by storm. Almost overnight bacon went from being a breakfast food and topping to a hamburger to an ice cream ingredient, flavor of lip balm and a star in hundreds of different products.
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  • What’s Really In That Chicken Nugget?

    Aug 16, 2017
    Chicken nuggets are in fact usually made of the same meat that you see in the supermarket, that is, broiler meat.
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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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  • Facts on Nitrites in Cured Meats

    Jun 12, 2017
    When people hear about cured meats, they commonly have concerns about a specific ingredient used in them called nitrite. Nitrites have several beneficial uses in cured meats and are a key ingredient to giving cured meats their identity, including their pink color and savory flavor.
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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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  • Inspection in the Meat Plant

    Apr 12, 2017
    Every time an animal is slaughtered in the United States it goes through the process of inspection. The biggest reason inspection of meat is required is to make sure that consumers are receiving a safe, wholesome product. This is why inspectors are placed throughout the plant to ensure they are meeting sanitation requirements.
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  • Everything But the Moo

    Jan 24, 2017
    You may not realize how many beef byproducts you are using in your everyday life. When cattle are slaughtered, most all of the animal is used in one way or another. Many people are surprised to find that many of the products they use every day actually come from cattle.
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  • The Role of Sodium in Processed Meats

    Aug 02, 2016
    Reducing sodium in processed meats is a difficult process because the important roles sodium plays in processed meats.
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  • Nitrites: A measure of safety

    May 13, 2016
    Consumers are often apprehensive to consume processed meats because of the nitrite levels in the product. In fact, nitrites are added to processed meats as a safety measure to prevent botulism, a deadly disease that is caused by the growth of Clostridium botulinum.
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  • Meat Inspection Stamps

    May 10, 2016
    The Federal Meat Inspection Act of 1906 made inspection mandatory for all meat that crossed state lines. The Wholesome Meat Act of 1967 required the inspection of meat sold within a state meet inspection requirements at least as stringent of those of the federal system.
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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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  • Incorporating lunch meats in your diet!

    Feb 10, 2016
    The results of this study may provide insight into how to better utilize lunch meats in the diets of U.S. children and adults.
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  • A Comparison Of Traditional And Alternative Meat Curing Methods

    Jan 29, 2016
    The practice of curing meats for human consumption has been around for thousands of years. The first cured meats are thought to have originated from meats salted using unrefined salt that naturally contained small amounts of nitrate.
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  • Methods Used to Make Processed Meat

    Dec 16, 2015
    Some processed meat is made with seasoned fresh meat and is not further treated: others are cured, smoked and/ or cooked. These methods affect both the flavor and keeping quality, Usually, more than one processing method is used to produce a single product.
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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 is IARC and what should I do in my diet?

    Nov 17, 2015
    IARC, the International Agency for Research on Cancer headquartered in Lyon, France, operates as part of the World Health Organization.
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  • What is really in processed meats?

    Oct 21, 2015
    Processed meat is taking a fresh meat product and altering it in some way. It can be as simple as adding a marinade to a chicken breast or cooking a ham. Processing meat or preparation steps can chance the appearance, taste or texture of the product.
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  • Steps in Making Sausage

    Jul 24, 2015
    Sausage making has been used for hundreds of years to preserve meat.
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  • Non Meat Ingredients – sodium nitrate, salt, phosphate, etc. What are they and what purpose do they serve?

    Jul 24, 2015
    The ingredients added to processed meat are there to: enhance shelf life, perform specific functions related to the processing techniques and give the product a distinctive flavor and appearance.
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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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