Beef Testing & Analysis

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What if we could have ironclad protection for processed beef? Whether you are producing, regulating or consuming beef trim, ground beef, or organ meat, you need the most consistent, convenient, reliable and compliant chemical analysis and microbiological testing available to ensure food safety.

We are committed to advancing global beef product safety and quality today, through lab testing efficiency & regulatory expertise for food manufacturers who care about tomorrow. Explore here some of the industry challenges and solutions for key aspects of beef processing.

Let’s improve beef processing safety and quality. Together.

Cattle Testing & Analysis - Cattle Herd Health

Cattle Testing & Analysis - Beef Quality & Nutrition

Cattle Testing & Analysis - Meat Testing

Cattle Health

From analysis of bovine feed components to detection of residual veterinary medicines in urine, maintenance of cattle health is an important component in reducing food toxicity.

Cattle Herd Health & Feed Analysis
Brucellosis is a contagious, costly bovine disease caused by the infection by a bacterial group of the Genus Brucella
Urinary analysis of veterinary drugs
Periodic analysis of urine for residual pharmaceutical load is expected as part of routine herd health maintenance.
Detection of disease carrying ticks
Ticks can transmit animal pathogens like Babesia bovis and Babesia bigemenia (tick fever or cattle fever). Both Babesia species are animal pathogens that usually affect mice, cattle, horses, and dogs; in exceptional cases, however, humans can be infected after being bitten by a tick carrying the protozoa.
Bovine DNA sampling
Water for In vitro fertilization (IVF) & Artificial insemination (AI)
Feed analysis
  • MC-Media Pads for Analysis of Feed Microorganisms
  • GC Columns for JMHLW Methods
    In May of 2006, the Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (JMHLW) introduced regulations for the levels of agricultural chemical residues allowed in plant-based and animal-based foods. This 'positive list' includes pesticides, feed additives, and veterinary drugs. The goal of this regulation is to prevent the distribution of foodstuffs containing these residues at levels above specific limits. Analysis involves either LC-MS or GC-MS. The recommended Supelco® capillary GC column is: SLB®-5ms
  • GC Columns for FDA Methods - United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) methods cover testing of food and drug samples.LIB4423: SLB®-5ms

Meat Testing

Veterinary drug residue analysis
Beef related analytical standards
Pesticide residue analysis
Food borne pathogen detection:
Escherichia coli (E. coli):
Is the most famous/infamous member of the coliform group bacteria and as well an important indicator for fecal contamination, as it is almost exclusively of fecal origin. In food poisoning several strains may cause serious, perhaps fatal cases of gastroenteritis (most common STEC serotype is O157:H7 but there are other enterovirulent E.coli).
Salmonella contamination is the second leading cause of food-borne illness worldwide with two species, Salmonella enteritidis and Salmonella typhimurium being responsible for almost half of human infections. Infections can come from a variety of sources including, poultry, dairy and meat products.
Listeriosis is a serious and increasingly frequent food-borne illness caused by Listeria monocytogenes, a hardy and ubiquitous Gram-positive, non-spore forming bacterium found in plants, soil, and animal digestive tracts with the ability to withstand refrigeration and vacuum sealed packaging. Listeria detection, methods, and standards
Beef is a significant source of Camplyobacter jejuni and Camplyobacter coli infection and can occur through the consumption of undercooked meat or through cross-contamination of other food products in the kitchen.
Bacillus cereus
Shigella is a food-borne pathogen genus (Shigella sonnei, Shigella flexneri, Shigella boydii, Shigella dysenteriae) gram-negative, facultative anaerobic Enterobacteriaceae that cause severe inflammatory colitis (Shigellosis) typically caused by fecal contamination.
Staphylococcus aureus is a ubiquitous skin, nose and throat bacteria that becomes a pathogen when food (like cooked chicken) is improperly handled, left at room temperature and the bacteria are allowed to produce a toxin which causes severe digestive tract distress.
The HybriScan® Test System uses sandwich hybridization to provide fast, sensitive and reliable detection, identification and quantification of E. coli, Salmonella and Listeria. It is ideal for the comprehensive and reliable routine control of raw materials and concentrates in all production steps up to the quality check of finished goods.

Beef Quality & Nutrition

Food fraud
Beef nutritional analysis
Beef related nutrition can be measured by assays for protein, fatty acid, cholesterol, and micronutrient (vitamin and mineral) composition.

 Milli-Q® Lab Water Solutions for beef & meat testing

Pure and ultrapure water systems and services, for reliable analyses in the beef and meat processing industries

Beef and meat processing quality and safety testing requires accurate, precise, and reliable chemical and microbiological analyses to maintain regulatory compliance. Consistently high-quality laboratory water underlies these testing methods and is essential for accurate and reliable results. Pure water is critical for microbiology media preparation, while ultrapure water is recommended when analyzing veterinary drug residues and DNA in meat, meat products, and bovine feed.

Milli-Q® Lab Water Solutions offers a range of pure and ultrapure water purification systems and services ideal for labs performing beef and meat processing safety and quality testing. The Milli‐Q® IQ 7003/05/10/15 water purification system reliably delivers high-quality ultrapure and pure water and supports optimal lab efficiency.

  • Convenient access to ultrapure and pure water:
    One system connects to up to 4 POD dispensers, giving rapid access to water throughout the lab
  • Simple and intuitive dispensing:
    With the touch of a finger, obtain water at the flow rate you need; or program your desired volume and walk away
  • Effortless maintenance:
    The system notifies you when it requires attention, and onscreen graphic instructions provide step-by-step guidance
  • Easy data management and traceability:
    View water quality and system data onscreen, download individual reports, or access a complete history in the system’s memory

 Related Resources

Regulatory Expertise
Regulatory Expertise

We are committed to advancing global beef safety and quality together with our customers, regulators, and consumers through efficient, convenient, and compliant chemistry and microbiology solutions and regulatory guidance.

List of Regulatory Method
Application notes for meat
EN-ISO-11133 Standards & Compliance
EN-ISO-11133 Standards & Compliance
Regulatory Expertise Center for ISO
  Microbial Testing

Salmonella Regulatory Compliance

Lab Efficiency Highlights
Lab Efficiency Highlights

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