Monthly Archives: May 2012

Brown color inside packages of ground beef

One of the frequent questions we have received from consumers over the years is this one: “Why is my package of ground beef red on the outside, but brown in the middle?” We have had this question and answer on the Meat Science web page for years and have received many notes from retailers who have thanked us for providing this response to a question they have received many times from skeptical consumers. In steaks and roasts packaged in overwrap film, the color of the outside of the… Read More →

State FFA Meat Judging Career Development Event

The State FFA Meat Judging Career Development Event (CDE) was held on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at the Rosenthal Meat Science and Technology Center at Texas A&M University.  The contest included 48 teams (180 total students) that qualified to come to the state FFA CDE by their ranking at their Area meat CDE.  The State FFA contest culminates three meat judging contests (6-Area FFA qualifying contest, multi-district 4-H contest and the state FFA contest) hosted by the 2012 Texas A&M University Meat Judging Team, the Department of Animal… Read More →

“A Steer’s Not All Steak”

While I was cleaning out my files and trying to scan some of them for safe-keeping, I ran into this wonderful brochure entitled a A Steer’s Not All Steak, which was written by the Beef Industry Council of the National Live Stock and Meat Board decades ago.  I am not sure when this brochure was first prepared, but I do remember seeing it in the 1970s. Why this brochure means so much to me is that I always teach about this concept in ANSC 307 when I talk… Read More →