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IPPE - Research Centre wins Scientific Award

01 February 2013

US - The Meat Safety and Quality Research Unit of the USDA's agricultural research service has received the American Meat Institute Foundation's scientific achievement award.

The award was presented during the International Production and Processing Exposition in Atlanta.

The award recognises the work carried out by the unit in meat and poultry industry research.

The current USDA USMARC meat science research is focusing on both meat quality and safety, including the identification of the genome that regulates carcase composition and meat quality.

The unit is developing instruments for carcase classification based on meat quality traits and lean meat yield, the effect of breed on carcase composition and meat quality.

It is also developing ways to get the optimum meat quality, especially tenderness.

The unit is also examining the prevalence of non-0157 STEC in cattle from different production systems at harvest.

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