The 15th annual Beef Industry Safety Summit, held Feb. 28-March 2, 2017, in Houston, Texas, brought together more than 200 industry leaders and safety professionals from all sectors of the beef industry to focus on strategies to improve beef safety. One of the event’s highlights was the opening general session, which offered a look back at the evolution of microbiological testing. Breakout sessions focused on a range of topics, including packing and further processing, impacts of the Federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA) and student training and education programs to develop skilled food safety professionals. These sessions allowed all participants to engage in the dynamic discussions the Beef Industry Safety Summit is known for—continuously improving beef’s safety through sound science and industry collaboration. For more information on the Beef Industry Safety Summit or to view the Meeting Summary, which will be available in May, visit http://www.bifsco.org/or http://www.beefresearch.org/.
The Texas Beef Council (TBC) conducts the $1 per head national checkoff program for Texas beef producers and is also the contractor for the Beef Promotion Research Council of Texas (BPRCT), which administers the $1 per head Texas state checkoff program. TBC’s mission is to increase beef demand in the state through programs of beef promotion, research and education. TBC also helps fund national and international beef checkoff programs to increase marketing opportunities around the globe. The BPRCT’s mission is to improve Texas producer profitability by strengthening and expanding beef demand. The TBC and the BPRCT are directed by a 20-member board of cattlemen and women representing the state’s beef producers. For more information on this and other checkoff-funded programs, please visit TexasBeefCheckoff.com or call 800- 846-4113.