Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about Beef Safety

Beef Safety Council 

It takes cooperation among all partners in the beef production and supply chain to provide the safest beef. The beef industry’s joint safety efforts are coordinated through the Beef Industry Food Safety Council (BIFSCo) to foster collaboration on a common safety goal among business people who otherwise are competitors. BIFSCo hosts an annual Beef Industry Safety Summit, which has emerged as the most important meeting of the year for collaboratively discussing solutions to existing and emerging beef safety issues.

BIFSCo began as a Blue Ribbon Task Force more than 15 years ago. Representatives from all parts of the industry work together through BIFSCo to discuss and address food safety challenges, share the latest research and set a course for future safety work.

In 2003, BIFSCo lead the development of “best practices” to serve as a roadmap for reducing E. coli O157:H7 at each stage of the beef production process. These integrated safety steps create a more robust food safety system. The best practices are reviewed and updated annually at the Safety Summit and are available free of charge at

Today, because of the research and cooperative efforts with all partners in the beef supply chain, interventions to reduce and eliminate E. coli O157:H7 are in place on farms, in feedlots and in packing plants across the country.

The beef industry takes safety seriously and is committed to making constant improvements.

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