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Bessie uses Single Animal Origin Processing

Neilson Signature Beef cattle RFID tag

Bessie beef is safe and traceable from nose to tail, farm to table.


Update (10/12/19): Bessie is NOT affected by recent beef recalls (CFIA).

All of Bessie’s beef is sourced from local producers and processed by small-scale abattoirs that offer single animal origin processing. This means that each animal is processed with unique care; one at a time.

Neilson Signature Beef cattle RFID tag
RFID ear tags used for cattle traceability. Bessie producer Neilson Signature Beef has now fully digitized their cattle record keeping. (image: Brett Mahura)

WHY TRACEABILITY MATTERS

In the past few days, some beef processors have recalled beef in Alberta, Ontario, and Québec due to issues with cross-contamination and E. coli at their facilities (Canadian Food Inspection Agency).

Bessie is not affected by this recall.

  • Bessie processes beef with Marc & Bettina at Meat Chop (Red Deer, Alberta) 

  • Meat Chop uses single animal origin packaging and slow line speeds. Each animal is kept separate during processing. Contamination issues that affect industrial slaughterhouses are rare in small-scale abattoirs

Bessie is, and will remain, the most direct and authentic source for your meat in Alberta. We take healthy food seriously.


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