University of Ga Meat and Science
By John L. Byrwa
The next time you visit your local grocery store and purchase meat, be it beef, pork or lamb, know that past and present students at the University of Georgia played a significant role in ensuring the quality, safety and packaging of that product. Thanks to the staff and students at the UGA’s Meat Science and Technology Center in Athens, the meat production industry gains invaluable educational and production practice knowledge that result in the highest-quality and safest products available.
“Through coursework, students take hands-on, science-based courses,” said Dr. Alex Stelzleni, an associate professor of meat science at the department.
Speaking of plates, yours can be filled with some of the freshest meat products available anywhere in Georgia. That’s because UGA’s Meat Science and Technology Center also serves as a retail sales outlet that offers meat from its grown and harvested livestock. Every Friday from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., folks can go to the facility, which is located at 425 River Road in Athens, and purchase fresh meat products that were recently slaughtered, prepared and packaged.
“We are a USDA-inspected processing facility and we’re under inspection during all hours,” Dr. Stelzleni said. “Most of what we have are animals that have been raised on UGA farms, and are used in class or research projects. They’re harvested at the facility under USDA inspection. “We don’t always have everything but try to keep as much as we can in stock. We have a lot of pork, beef and ground hamburger, chops, sausage and smoked sausage. The sale of all meat goes back to the department and college. It’s one of the things that keeps our hands-on laboratory going.” For more information on the UGA Meat Science and Technology Center, call 706-542-4347 or visit its Facebook page.
UGA Meat Science Technology Center Store