The Beef Safety Research program includes the study of cattle-borne pathogens with the potential for causing human illness and beef production practices that may indirectly affect human health. Historically, this Beef Checkoff Program has focused research on every step in the production chain, evaluating potential safety-enhancing interventions. In recent years, this checkoff safety program has concentrated on discovering opportunities for reducing safety threats at pre-harvest.
- Maintain consumer confidence in beef as a safe and wholesome food
- Identify strategies and technology to continuously improve the safety of beef and beef products from farm to table
- Serve as industry resource for current, science-based beef safety information
The 15th Anniversary of the Beef Industry Safety Summit took place on February 28 – March 2, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Sessions focused on topics like non-intact beef production, antimicrobial resistance, the National Beef Quality Audit, microbiological testing and product sampling techniques that allowed for interaction with researchers and topic experts. The Meeting Summary, traditionally produced after the meeting each year, is evolving to an online resource page which we hope will provide attendees, as well as other interested industry participants, with an opportunity to take a deeper dive into the cutting-edge topics discussed at this year’s Summit.