Beltway Beef Audio News
We are continuing to provide reports from the 2012 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show held Feb. 1-4, 2012. This week, we bring you Dr. Guy Loneragan, professor of food safety and public health at Texas Tech University, to talk about the critical research needed to ensure the United States continues to have the safest beef in the world.
Dr. Loneragen’s research focuses on both pre-harvest and harvest aspects to safety. He focuses heavily on the prevention of E.Coli and salmonella. Dr. Loneragen also says that there are several ways producers can do even more to avoid problems on the pre-harvest level.
“The first thing I would say is for producers to stay engaged and be engaged because knowledge is a very powerful weapon,” he says. “Beyond that, the industry has invested quite heavily into the development of several promising controls, like pro-biotics – the beneficial bacteria we find in yogurt, some strains appears to be quite effective in cattle too.”