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Iowans inducted into Meat Industry Hall of Fame

Two Iowa State University professors recently honored for meat science and education achievements.

Two Iowa State University animal scientists joined several well-known food industry leaders when they officially entered the Meat Industry Hall of Fame. Joe Cordray and Joe Sebranek, ISU professors of animal science, were inducted into the Meat Industry Hall of Fame Jan. 31 at a ceremony in Atlanta. They joined previous inductees, including Colorado State University animal scientist Temple Grandin and Harland Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Robert Rust, a former Iowa State animal science professor, was inducted in 2010.

Cordray and Sebranek have spent their careers specializing in meat science.

HONORED: ISU professors Joe Sebranek (left) and Joe Cordray have spent their careers specializing in meat science research and education.

Cordray also serves as an ISU Extension meat specialist and holds the Smithfield Chair in Meat Extension. In that role he is responsible for providing information on meat science and technology and coordinating short courses for domestic and international meat industry personnel. He also has been the professor-in-charge of the meat laboratory at ISU for more than 20 years. Cordray earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from ISU in 1971; a master’s degree in 1976 and a doctorate in 1983, both in meat science from Auburn University.

Sebranek holds the titles of Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences and Morrison Endowed Chair in Meat Science. He joined Iowa State in 1975 and is recognized as one of the world’s foremost scientists in meat processing technology and food safety. His research has had a major impact on making meat safer for consumers. Sebranek earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1970; a master’s degree in meat and animal science in 1971; and a doctorate in meat and animal science and food science in 1974, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

More information about the Meat Industry Hall of Fame is at

Register now for veterinary training program

In other livestock related news announced last week by ISU, registration is now open for the Veterinary Biologics Training Program to be held May 15-19 in Ames. This well-known program provides an overview of the USDA regulatory process for assuring the purity, safety, potency and efficacy of veterinary biologics (vaccines, bacterins, antisera, diagnostic kits and other products of biological origin).

Course instructors from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's (APHIS) Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB) will review the requirements and processes for licensing/registration and testing of veterinary biological products. The inspection and compliance process for production, release and post-marketing surveillance of veterinary biological products covered under the Virus-Serum-Toxin Act is also included.

Visit the website for detailed information.


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