Food Safety First
At the processing plant, sometimes called an abattoir or meat plant, the
animals are inspected to ensure that they are healthy and that the meat will
be wholesome. Government standards have been set for meat ; the standards
are enforced by inspectors. The animals are processed into large meat cuts;
later, they are cut and processed into steaks, hamburger, roasts and other
meat products. The beef fat is used for making margarine and shortening as
well as some chewing gum and candies. The gelatin from bones and horns is
used in marshmallows, ice cream and canned meats.
More Than What we Eat
The parts of the animals that are not used for food are used in the
manufacture of a wide range of other products such as candles, cosmetics,
crayons, and jello. Beef hides are made into leather for handbags, shoes,
gloves, belts, and briefcases. Beef hair is used to make art paint brushes.
Bones, horns, and hooves are made into buttons, bone china, piano keys, glue
and fertilizers. Beef fat or is used for making glycerin for lipstick,
toothpaste and cough medicines. Beef by-products are also used in some
pharmaceuticals for the treatment of diabetes, allergies and leukemia.
"Wholesale and Retail Stage"
Beef Cuts are sold to large grocery store chains as well as
individually-owned butcher shops. The meat cuts, whether fresh or frozen,
are transported in refrigerated trucks to guarantee safety and quality. The
meat products are also distributed to restaurants, hospitals, and other
A consumer activity can occur in a variety of locations - by visiting a
grocery store, purchasing sporting goods, or buying a fast-food item at the
mall. Ontario farmers, the producers who raise the animals, are also part of
your community, and use meat products everyday. They are committed to
supplying safe, nutritious food and products of high quality.
A look around our homes, our school or the gym will show that beef ...
and its by-products ... are almost everywhere!