Journal article

Evolution of the Meat Standards Australia (MSA) beef grading system

R Polkinghorne, JM Thompson, R Watson, A Gee, M Porter

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL AGRICULTURE | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2008

Abstract

The Australian Beef Industry identified variable eating quality as a major contributor to declining beef consumption in the early 1990s and committed research funding to address the problem. The major issue was the ability to predict the eating quality of cooked beef before consumption. The Meat Standards Australia (MSA) program developed a consumer testing protocol, which led to MSA grading standards being defined by consumer score outcomes. Traditional carcass grading parameters proved to be of little value in predicting consumer outcomes. Instead a broader combination of factors forms the basis of an interactive prediction model that performs well. The grading model has evolved from a fix..

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