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Understanding the Evidence on Red Meat and Cancer Risk

The beef community is committed to providing a wholesome, nutritious food and to communicating accurate information about beef’s nutritional qualities and beef’s role in a healthful diet. As part of its ongoing commitment to understanding beef’s role in a balanced and healthful diet, America’s farmers and ranchers have supported extensive reviews of the existing evidence on red meat, including beef, and cancer risk.

In response to a call for data, the Beef Checkoff, on behalf of America’s farmers and ranchers – as well as scientists who conducted independent reviews – recently submitted evidence to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) for its consideration. IARC requested this information in advance of its recent meeting (October 6-13, 2015) to evaluate the evidence related to cancer and red and processed meat. Learn more about the evidence that was submitted to IARC by clicking on the button below.

The evidence submitted to IARC by the beef checkoff is available here.

The evidence submitted by an independent researcher is available here.

Use the filter to access specific references supporting the checkoff submissions here.


USDA Grading Module & Simulation

The USDA meat grading system sets standards of quality and cutability (yield of edible meat) used in buying and selling of meat. As a voluntary program administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the cost of the quality and yield grading program is borne by meat packers. Grading provides consumers an assurance that the product purchased conforms to an expected standard of palatability. Learn about the procedures and technologies involved in quality and yield grading, then test what you've learned in the guided simulation.

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Beef Checkoff-funded Research

By building a science-based knowledge foundation, research is the cornerstone of all checkoff-funded marketing, promotion, education and information programs. The Human Nutrition, Product Quality, Safety, and Sustainability research programs are contained in the Science & Product Solutions Department at National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), a contractor to the beef checkoff. Market Research is conducted as part of NCBA’s Market Research & Planning Department.

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