FSIS requires label for mechanically tenderized beef

FSIS requires label for mechanically tenderized beef

Prairie Farmer

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service requires meat processors to label meat that’s been mechanically tenderized and provide safe cooking instructions. The label requirement took effect May 17. “To increase tenderness, some cuts of beef are tenderized mechanically by piercing them with needles or small blades in order to break up tissue,” reads a USDA blog post. “The blades or needles can introduce pathogens from the surface of the beef to the interior, making proper cooking very important.”

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