Beef Safety

The Beef Safety Research program includes the study of cattle-borne pathogens and/or their resistance, with the potential for causing human illness and beef production practices that may impact either. Historically, this Beef Checkoff-funded Program has focused research on every step in the production chain, evaluating potential safety-enhancing interventions. In recent years, this program has concentrated on discovering opportunities for reducing safety threats at pre-harvest.


  • Maintain consumer confidence in beef as a safe and wholesome food
  • Identify strategies and technology to continuously improve the safety of beef and beef products from farm to table
  • Serve as industry resource for current, science-based beef safety information 

FY 2020 Request for Proposals Pre-Harvest Safety Research
Posted April 13, 2020

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, is soliciting research proposals for pre-harvest beef safety research. Research ideas should focus on the pre-harvest sector but can include final product sampling where appropriate. A focus on Salmonella in the pre-harvest sector will be prioritized. Click here to learn more.

Beef Safety Related Links

Browse the Beef Safety Research Library

Use the filter tool to find a variety of checkoff-funded resources related to beef safety, including executive summaries, fact sheets and white papers.

Featured Resources

Hazard vs. Risk Infographic

Credit: EUFIC - The European Food Information Council, 2017

This infographic will help you understand the difference between hazard and risk, two terms that are often incorrectly used as synonyms. A hazard is something that has the potential to cause harm while risk is the likelihood of harm taking place, based on exposure to that hazard.

Whole Genome Sequencing Resources

Using WGS to Protect Public Health and Enhance Food Safety


Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) 101


Introduction to the Interpretation of Whole Genome Sequence Data in Food Safety