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Beef Cattle Industry Continues to Make Beef Safety a Major Priority With $550 Million Dollar Investment Annually

Sun, 13 Mar 2016 19:10:45 CDT

Beef Cattle Industry Continues to Make Beef Safety a Major Priority With $550 Million Dollar Investment Annually

Earlier in March, the beef cattle industry came together for the 2016 Edition of the Beef Industry Safety Summit in Austin, Texas. One of those involved again in 2016 was Kristina Butts of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. Butts is the NCBA's Executive Director of Legislative and Government Affairs in their Washington office.

The Beef Industry Safety Summit held in Austin was the 14th such gathering. At the first Summit in 2003, the beef industry affirmed its commitment to connect the safety links in the beef supply chain. Prior to that first meeting, individual industry segments had worked somewhat independently to address the safety issues relevant to their segment of the beef supply chain. At the 2003 Summit, the safety experts from all segments openly compared and shared research, best practices, mutual expectations, and perspectives on emerging safety concerns. And, organizers say that has been the goal each year since then.

Butts, in our latest Beef Buzz, says the 2016 edition of the Beef Summit focused on research as well as intervention strategies that can help keep consumers safe as they buy, prepare and serve beef to their families. She believes it really starts with research, saying that the beef industry, through the Beef Checkoff, invests upwards of thirty million dollars annually on research directly focused on beef safety. And, when you consider the beef industry as a whole and include research as well as intervention efforts- you are talking about $550 million dollars spent annually on beef safety.

While the Executive Summary of the 2016 Beef Industry Summit is still a few weeks away from being released- you can see a list of the research paper abstracts presented in Austin, that list is available here.

The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network- but is also a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Click on the LISTEN BAR below for today's show- and check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today.


Ron Hays Beef Buzzes with Kristina Butts of NCBA
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