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Beef Grading #41876

ABC Evening News for Monday, Feb 23, 1976
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(Studio) Agriculture Department puts new standards for beef grading into effect.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

(Texas) Under new system, all cattle up to 30 mos. fattened alike. Older animals don't need fat content to be called choice. [Texas A&M University Dr. Zoel CARPENTER - says no improvement in eating quality with incrd. marbling in younger animals.] Agriculture Department relies on Carpenter's study. [CARPENTER - says consumers won't be able to tell difference; there is no difference.] 3 national consumer orgs. and National Restaurant Association afraid that less tender and less tasty meat will be called choice. Cattlemen say law of supply and demand will insure lower prices. Consumer groups not so sure.
REPORTER: Greg Dobbs

Dobbs, Greg;
Koppel, Ted

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