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 Read more

Lamb

Key Facts On average, Americans consume less than a pound of lamb per year, compared to an average of 85 pounds of beef per capita annually. About 80 percent of lamb comes from farms with more than 100 sheep. Demand for lamb usually increases around major holidays, as it is a Read more

Poultry

ContentsKey Facts Introduction Foodborne OutbreaksProductionFood SafetyConsumptionNutritionReferencesKey Facts Poultry is a popularly consumed meat in the American diet, where chicken has the highest annual consumption. From 1998 to 2012, 25% of foodborne illness outbreaks were attributed to poultry; improper handling and inadequate cooking have been identified as key factors contributing to outbreaks. Broilers make up most Read more