What are the most common ways meat products become contaminated? What do farmers and ranchers do to reduce pathogens?
Meat becomes contaminated most often during processing or through improper handling of food. Consumers should follow careful handling instructions, which can be found at:
Farmers work to reduce bacteria at their farms and ranches by keeping their animals in sanitary and comfortable environments. Keeping their drinking water systems clean, pens free from manure and animals healthy and free of stress, all reduces bacteria in animals.