BEEF QUALITY ASSESSED AT EUROPEAN RESEARCH CENTRES
Loin steaks and cubes of M. semimembranosus from eight (12 month old) Galloway steers and eight (16-18 month old) Charolais cross steers raised in England and from which the meat was conditioned for 2 to 10 days, were assessed in research centres in Belgium, Denmark, England, France and the Federal Republic of Germany, Ireland, Italy and the Netherlands. The meat was mostly of good quality but with sufficient variation to obtain meaningful comparisons. When the meat was tough, it dominated the overall judgement; but when tender, flavour played an important role. Irish and English panels ranked the meats similarly on tenderness and juiciness. Juiciness and tenderness were well correlated among all panels except in Italy and Germany. With flavour, however, Belgian, Irish, German and Dutch panels ranked the meats similarly and formed a group distinct from the others which did not. Such regional biases were thought to be derived mainly from differences in cooking, but variations in experience and perception of assessors also contributed.
Bibliographic Reference: MEAT SCIENCE, VOL. 10 (1984), PP. 1-20
Record Number: 1989122076300 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
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