Australian lamb meat – The response to societal and ethnic influences

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    Lamb has long been considered a traditional meal within Australia; however as consumer preferences have changed since the 1950’s, consumption of lamb has decreased from the 1980’s. This is the result of changing societal roles, particularly for females, decreasing household sizes and increasing awareness of the impact of food choices on human health. Since the 1980’s improvement of farm practices and increases in genetic gains has addressed part of this decline by increasing the amount of lean meat and decreasing fat in lamb retail cuts. Yet, this has created a challenge for the industry to utilise the larger carcases now being produced. Thus, a whole value chain approach to increasing consumption has been undertaken through several research programs to create cuts which suit the modern consumer, examine nutritional and eating quality and increase adoption of value added cuts. Therefore, this paper outlines this history of changing consumer patterns and the consequent research to address these changes.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)653-663
    Number of pages11
    JournalKorean Journal for Food Science of Animal Resources
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018


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