Meat and Poultry

Fresh Beef Products

Key Facts Beef products are widely consumed and play an important role in the U.S. food system. Foodborne pathogens most commonly associated with beef products include STEC (shiga-toxin producing Escherichia coli) and Salmonella; improper handling and cooking have been identified as key causes of foodborne illness associated with beef products. The U.S. cattle inventory (as of July 1, 2014) was 95 million, with a farm gate value of approximately $44 billion. More than 50 percent of the total value of U.S. sales of cattle and calves comes from 5 states: Texas, Nebraska, Kansas, California, and Oklahoma. The average consumption Read more