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Birko’s Dr. Elis Owens To Give Beefxide® Poster Presentation at BIFSCo Safety Summit

February 26, 2014

HENDERSON, Colo. – Birko, a leading provider of food safety solutions to the meat, produce and beverage industries, today announced that research on Beefxide®, its USDA-approved processing aid, has been selected for a poster presentation at the 2014 Beef Industry Safety Summit Research Update Session March 4-6, 2013, in Dallas.

The research, a collaboration between Birko’s senior chemist/microbiologist, Dr. Elis Owens, along with Utah State University and Stone Meats, a Birko customer, demonstrated that the application of Beefxide® to beef trim pre-grind resulted in a reduced bacterial load on the meat, and lower deterioration of flavor and color at longer storage times.

Owens will be available to discuss the research during evening receptions March 4 and 5 at the Safety Summit.

Birko’s Beefxide® is a patent-pending processing aid recommended and approved for application to meat at all stages of the production process, to reduce both pathogens and aerobic spoilage bacteria on meat surfaces.

Owens is part of Birko’s R&D team and is active in developing Birko’s antimicrobial product line and attendant delivery systems. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wales in Cardiff, and conducted post-doctoral research at Michigan State University’s Center for Microbial Ecology. Owens has published papers in FEMS Microbiology Ecology and FEMS Microbiology Letters.

About BIFSCo

The Beef Industry Food Safety Council (BIFSCo) brings together representatives from all segments of the beef industry to develop industry-wide, science-based strategies to solve the problem of E. coli O157:H7 and other foodborne pathogens in beef. BIFSCo is coordinating a broad effort to solve pathogen issues, focusing on research prioritization and information dissemination.