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おいしい霜降り!Japan Researchers Develop Scanner to Detect Marbled Meat in Cattle


Jun Hongo reports: Where’s the marbled beef? Thanks to a new machine created by a government-backed institute in Japan, one might soon be able to find those tender and juicy sections of meat without much difficulty.

Researchers at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology said they have developed a new in vivo scanner to be used for detecting the amount of marbling in The singe-sided nuclear magnetic resonance scanner can determine the amount of marbling of a cattle. National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technologycattle.

“This is the first time such machine was created in the world.”

— Yoshito Nakashima, chief senior researcher

“This is the first time such machine was created in the world,” Yoshito Nakashima, chief senior researcher at the institute, wrote to Japan Real Time in an e-mail. The device uses what is called a single-sided nuclear magnetic resonance scanner, which can detect the amount of muscle and fat noninvasively.

[Read the full text here, at Japan Real Time – WSJ]

The amount of fat streaks within the meat is one of the key criteria that determine its taste. For example, Kobe beef, grown in Hyogo prefecture in western Japan, are highly sought after for its rich, even marbling created through careful breeding.


Mr. Nakashima is an expert on geophysics research. The technology for the new machine was originally developed for use in his research, such as calculating the amount of oil and water contained inside a rock from an oil field. Read the rest of this entry »


"Are you serious? Butter?"

“Are you serious? Butter?”

Time Cover:  FAT is GOOD

For TIMEBryan Walsh writes:

 In 1977, the year before I was born, a Senate committee led by George McGovern published its landmark “Dietary Goals for the United States,” urging Americans to eat less high-fat red meat, eggs and dairy and replace them with more calories from fruits, vegetables and especially carbohydrates.

By 1980 that wisdom was codified. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued its first dietary guidelines, and one of the primary directives was to avoid cholesterol and fat…(read more)

[Also see Butter: One of the Great Comeback Stories in U.S. Food History]

[Read more Yes, Saturated Fat is Good: Undoing Decades of Government Misinformation About Health]

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CARNAGE IN NEW YORK: Meat Mess on Upstate New York Road Stinks Up East Coast

Global Panic of July 2014 Centers on Meat Spill on Upstate New York Roads, Stench may Reach Manhattan by Sundown


Our Broadcast Media Unit was on the scene to interview local residents. The only New Yorker willing to go on the record was this lobster, who confirmed “it smells really bad. “

The Associated Press reports – QUEENSBURY, N.Y. –  Some car owners are raising a stink after driving a road littered with meat in upstate New York.


No actual helicopter was called to monitor the New York meat disaster, or fan away the meat smell. This image is here to convey the gravity of the situation on the ground. And because it looks cool. 

The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports that dozens of chunks of meat were on the road in front of a mall Thursday in Queensbury, about 60 miles north of Albany.


Police believe meat fell off a truck that might have been heading from a farm or slaughterhouse to a rendering plant, but no one has come forward to claim it.

Pieces of meat that apparently fell from a truck closed down one lane of Aviation Road in Queensbury late Thursday afternoon, July 10, 2014. (Don Lehman --

Pieces of meat that apparently fell from a truck closed down one lane of Aviation Road in Queensbury late Thursday afternoon, July 10, 2014. (Don Lehman —

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Boy Howdy! Behind The Scenes in America: The Non-White House Menu


Wait, there’s more! Don’t you want dessert?


Bodacious Bar-B-Que

Quality Meats


U.S ‘Choice’ Beef Prices Climb to New High

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What’s a self-respecting red-meat republican carnivore to do? Take up cattle ranching as a hobby? Getty Images

The price of choice-grade U.S. beef at wholesale set a new record on Thursday as already tight supplies were further squeezed by harsh weather that reduced the number of cattle that came to market in parts of the country, analysts said.

Select beef cuts on Thursday also marked a fresh record high for a fifth straight day.

Choice beef typically has more “marbling” or fat, making it juicier and more tender than select-graded beef.

The day’s wholesale price, or cutout, for choice beef hit $212.05 per hundredweight (cwt), eclipsing the previous May, 2013 record of $211.37, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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