Myth: Beef from 100 cows is in my ground-beef patty, which makes it less safe for me to consume.
FACTS TO SHARE: All ground beef trim must meet stringent food-safety guidelines set by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, so the number of cows whose lean trim is used does not represent the safety of your food. Ground beef, commonly used in hamburgers and tacos, is made from beef trim that results when steaks and roasts are cut. In order to get the right mix of lean-to-fat, processors combine trim from a number of different animals. Trim from these animals combines to create ground beef in a variety of lean-to-fat ratios to meet consumer demand. The bottom line? USDA food safety procedures that our entire food supply undergoes, including ground beef, help prevent any harm to consumers, so you can be confident in the safety of your ground beef.