Preliminary Study of the Quality and Safety of Beef from a Cattle-Palm Oil Integration Plantation in Muadzam Shah, Pahang

Khairunnisak M., Faridah I., Norakmar I. and lzwan I

Khairunnisak M., Faridah I., Norakmar I. and lzwan I

The study evaluated the quality and safety of beef from one of the cattle-oil palm integration plantation in Muadzam Shah, Pahang, Malaysia. The quality parameters of beef studied were proximate composition, cholesterol and mineral contents, whereas the safety parameters included the pesticide, veterinary drug (antibiotic) residues and heavy metal levels. The proximate composition analyses were that of moisture, ash, protein and fat, have been carried our by conventional oven drying, high temperature ashing, Kjehdal and Soxhlet method, respectively. Cholestrol content was determined by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), pesticide residue by gas chromatography-electron capture detector (GC-ECD) and antibiotic residues by six-plate test. Mineral contents and heavy levels were screened by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (lCP-MS).