Reducing Foodborne Pathogens
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Read about the latest beef checkoff research review, which summarizes application of checkff-fundedinterventions proposed or implemented to date (e.g., vaccination, DFM, chlorate, phages) and looks at the effects of diet and the microbial population on microbial populations in cattle. Live-animal interventions are designed in a coherent, complementary context, as part of a multiple-hurdle scheme to reduce pathogens entry into the food supply.
The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.