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farming: Brahmin cattle out of quality scheme.

ZEBU genes - from Indian cattle - have been excluded from the English Beef and Lamb Executive Quality Standard beef scheme.

Under the new requirement, which has been agreed by Defra, the Bos indicus genetics must not appear in any beef or beef products that carry the Quality Standard Mark.

Eblex chairman John Cross said: "The Quality Standard Mark exists to differentiate quality beef and lamb from global commodity product on the retail shelf.

"As part of our long-term strategy, Eblexkeeps the scheme under constant review to ensure the eating quality requirement reflects industry developments.

"Research shows that tropically adapted Zebu breeds produce meat with an overall poorer eating quality and more variability than that from British or European breeds (Bos taur-us).

"As a result, in April our Quality Standard Technical Advisory Committee decided to exclude zebu genetics from the scheme as confirmation of the Eblex commitment to eating quality."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 11, 2007
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