K-State Extension Food Safety
Food Safety of Animal Products

Safety of Beef Products

BeefSince 1910, the first year that statistics were compiled, Americans have been eating an average of 60 pounds of beef yearly. About 36 million cattle were inspected in 1997 alone by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service. This translates into 64 pounds of beef per person in 1997. Beef is the third food category (behind turkey and chicken) consumers most ask about. The following information answers many of their questions.

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Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)

Mad Cow Disease is the common name for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), a slowly progressive, degenerative, fatal disease affecting the central nervous system of adult cattle.  Since 1990, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has conducted aggressive surveillance of the highest risk cattle going to slaughter in the United States in which 10,000 to 20,000 animals per year have been tested.  To date, the only cow that has been affected with BSE was the one diagnosed in December 2003.

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Safety of Dairy Products

Animals>cheeseDairy products have been linked to foodborne illness.  Some consumers drink unpasteurized milk, some make homemade ice cream with raw eggs.  These products and others can result in foodborne illness.  Learn more about a variety of dairy products below.

Unpasteurized Milk Sales in Kansas

Kansas is one of 28 states that allow the sale of unpasteurized milk.  It can be sold directly from the farm, but with restrictions.  The Kansas Department of Agriculture does not support this practice.  See below to learn more.

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Ham and Pork

Animals>pigHam is prepared in a variety of ways from fresh, cured, or cured-and-smoked.  There are many storage times and cooking methods for ham which can be confusing to consumers.  Use the information below to answer your questions.

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LambLamb is the oldest domesticated meat species. In many countries, lamb is the major source of meat consumed. Many Americans think of lamb as a springtime food, but it can be enjoyed year round. The following information answers many questions about lamb.

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