The American Meat Science Association’s Reciprocal Meat Conference (RMC) has always been a place for researchers and industry professionals to gather and discuss research and hot topics within the meat industry. In recent years, more and more student-centered events have been added to make it an event that students also look forward to attending year after year.
The very first event of this year’s RMC was the Processed Meats Competition. Eighty students competed, placing and answering questions about Sliced Bacon, Hot Dogs, Center-Cut Ham Slices, Coarse Ground Smoked Sausage, Smoked Bone-in Pork Chops and Summer Sausage. Retail Identification, Keep/Cull, and Defects were also parts of the competition.