Category Archives: Meat

Stopping SARS-CoV-2 along the farm-to-plate supply chain

Texas A&M AgriLife-led study tracking down cause, transmission of coronavirus in food processing From live cattle entering a packing plant to the consumer’s kitchen table, a Texas A&M AgriLife-led research project aims to develop an accurate way to predict potential contamination with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, throughout the food supply chain. Sapna Chitlapilly Dass, Ph.D., a meat science research assistant professor in the Texas A&M College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Department of Animal Science, will lead the two-year, $1 million U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture… Read More →

Meat Perspectives: Ground beef basics

By Jeff savel and Kerri Gehring Ground beef remains one of the most popular forms of beef consumed in the United States. Some estimates report that up to 65% of all beef consumed is in the form of ground beef. It is one of our go-to foods, and we are reminded of this during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as other times where economic or other situations have us staying at home and wanting something easy to prepare and comforting to eat. Continuing cyclical interests in various iterations… Read More →

Third-annual 44 Farms International Beef Cattle Academy begins in September

New this year: $100,000 in scholarships The 44 Farms International Beef Cattle Academy, IBCA, isn’t Animal Science 101, and the students aren’t roaming the campus. The unique advanced beef education immersion program offered by Texas A&M University is developing beef industry leaders for tomorrow from around the world. “What the students learn is very unique in terms of content and not something you find in regular animal science programs,” said Reinaldo Cooke, Ph.D., program coordinator and associate professor in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University. “Our students learn… Read More →

Meat Perspectives: Behind the burn

If there is any one thing that really makes barbecued meats so delicious and popular, it is the special contribution that smoke plays during the cooking process. Terms such as “slow-smoked meats” or “hickory-smoked ribs” are just two examples of phrases that often make carnivores start salivating in anticipation of eating barbecue. Cooking meat without smoke simply does not deliver the eating experience of “real” barbecue. Heated debates have ensued over what region has the best barbecue and arguments have been fueled over whether using sauce on barbecue… Read More →

D’Souza awarded inaugural Cactus Feeders scholarship and internship

The Texas A&M University Department of Animal Science is proud to recognize Genevieve D’Souza as the inaugural recipient of the 2020 Cactus Feeders Scholarship. As a recipient of this newly formed award, D’Souza will have the opportunity to complete an internship with Cactus Feeders. The department is excited about the possibilities that this new partnership with Cactus Feeders presents. “Receiving the Cactus Feeders Scholarship is a great honor and an outstanding opportunity for me. The internship will supplement my education and training from Dr. Tedeschi by exposing me to… Read More →

So you want to build a slaughter plant?

In light of the recent increase in retail beef prices and decrease in cattle prices, many cattle producers have expressed interest in starting up small beef processing facilities that do not undercut the rancher and provide consistent prices for consumers. Davey Griffin, Texas A&M professor and Extension meat scientist, said he has been amazed at the number of producers looking into this option. “It is just astronomical the number of inquiries we’re getting about starting a plant, getting these cattle through the system and just serving customers as… Read More →

Texas A&M AgriLife Study Targets Contamination Hotspots In Food Processing

By Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications Understanding foodborne pathogen pathways will lead to greater food safety. Food safety through a greater understanding of the contamination “hotspots” in our food supply chain, particularly meat, is a priority for a new Texas A&M AgriLife Research study. Sapna Chitlapilly Dass, a meat science research assistant professor in the Texas A&M University College of Agricultural and Life Sciences’ Department of Animal Science, said her study aims to identify the hotspots of contamination in the food processing industry. Her goal is to determine how and where… Read More →

Food safety tips when grilling, cooking outdoors

Proper cleaning is key to avoiding foodborne illness from grate to plate Cleaning grill grates, keeping a clean workspace, and properly storing and preparing meats are all important to maintaining food quality and avoiding foodborne illness, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts A clean grate is a great start Davey Griffin, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension meat specialist in the Department of Animal Science of Texas A&M University, said cleaning the grill grate is not as simple a proposition as it may seem. “A lot of people think scraping the grate clean with… Read More →

Mom was right about not touching slime; researchers looking at pathogens in food facilities

By Coral Beach on June 9, 2020 New research underway seeks to determine how and where bacteria hide in food processing plants so that they can be eliminated, to the benefit of public health and the bottom line of food companies. The project involves scientists at Texas A&M, Stanford University, and the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service U.S. Meat Animal Research Center’s pilot meat processing facility in Clay Center, NE. Their work has the backing of a $479,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). While the project… Read More →

Meat Perspectives: Here today, gone tomorrow

By Jeff Savell and Kerri Gehring COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS — For those in the beef industry, the fact that beef is larger and heavier than it was in the past is not breaking news. Cattle are heavier, making carcasses weigh more. Subprimals are larger and heavier, making retail cuts larger. This trend began about 40 years ago, and we do not know where it will end. However, we do know that developing effective merchandising strategies to help retail and foodservice channels deal with how best to market beef is… Read More →