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livestock production, high-quality products, qualtiy assurance (qa)

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ExEx 14055


Consumer Sciences


A major goal of the livestock industry is to produce a high-quality product for consumers. All livestock groups (beef, dairy, pork, and sheep) have developed quality assurance (QA) programs to help producers meet consumer expectations. The focus of QA programs in the past has been to address issues such as drug residue avoidance and/or elimination and to reduce quality defect in the meat produce. More recent consumer concerns about microbial contamination with organisms such as E. coli O157:H7, Salmonella, and Campylobacter, have prompted QA programs to begin to address pathogen reduction strategies on the farm. By participating in these programs, livestock producers are sharing the responsibility for safe, quality food production.