Scrutinizing ‘Super-Shedder’ Cattle
A recent article by the American Society of Animal Science’s Taking Stock highlighted checkoff-funded research that analyzed the impact of ‘super-shedder’ cattle on the spread of E. coli O157:H7. On average, the research found, about 2 percent of the cattle grazing in a pasture or eating high-energy rations in a feedlot pen may be ‘super-shedders’ who shed high levels of pathogenic organisms such as Escherichia coli O157:H7 in their manure. The research is the first to show that, in ‘super-shedders’, O157 colonization may occur not just in the lower digestive tract but also throughout the animal’s entire digestive system and is not restricted to any particular O157 strain. This information could be quite beneficial in evaluation of slaughter-facility sanitation procedures.
Improving Food Safety
The Beef Checkoff has developed another tool to assist beef processors in strengthening their safety systems. The Utilization of Microbial Data to Improve Food Safety Systems Guidance document will assist operations in tapping their microbiological data to improve food safety. Microbiological data supports many facets of food businesses and affects a multitude of decisions that companies make regarding products, processes, equipment, facilities and ultimately their food safety systems.
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Research - Archive
- Getting Grounded with Beef Trends (July)
- Eating Beef to Improve Blood Pressure (July)
- Improving Accuracy in Beef Cuts Guide (June)
- Providing Market Intelligence (June)
- Sharing Muscle Profiling Research – Free! (April)
- Demystifying Ground Beef (April)
- Strengthening Technical Outreach about Sustainability (April)
- Coordinating Beef Research and Dissemination (April)
- New Research Publications (February)
- New Fact Sheet from Product Quality Research (December)
- Evaluating the Role of Protein in Public Health (October)
- Sustaining Strong Beef Prices (October)
- Increasing Value of BeefResearch.org (September)
- Leveraging Beef Market Research Data (September)
According to the Beef Act, research means studies relative to the effectiveness of market development and promotion efforts, studies relating to the nutritional value of beef and beef products, other related food science research including beef safety and pathogen research, product-enhancement research, market research and new product development research. Checkoff-funded research aims to maintain and increase consumer confidence in beef and beef products and provides the basis for development of program focus in all areas of checkoff investment by measuring market demands and tracking the state of the industry. The checkoff cannot fund cattle production research.