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LED lighting could have significant effects on delaying the browning of red meat. After conducting tests on hamburger patties, a research team at CAFNR has recently finished its analysis of whole beef muscles.

N&H TOPLINE: LED display lighting may affect whole beef cuts

Hamburger meat under LED lighting retains red color in deli cases longer than under incandescent bulbs, but results vary for whole muscle cuts.

Nothing is different nutritionally when red meat darkens to brown, but try telling that to the average customer at a grocery store. “That’s the number-one driver consumers have,” University of Missouri meat scientist Carol Lorenzen said about the bright redness quality of meat.

A research team that included Lorenzen, professor of meat science in the Division of Animal Sciences, and her graduate student, Jade Cooper, has been investigating the impact of light-emitting

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