Jeff Sindelar is one of three recipients of this year’s American Meat Science Association Distinguished Achievement Award. The award is goes to young AMSA members who have demonstrated significant scientific skills in muscle foods research and technology that contribute to the animal products industry and the AMSA. The award is sponsored by Burke Corporation.
Sindelar currently serves as an associate professor and extension meat specialist in the Department of Animal Sciences. He has established productive extension and research programs in meat processing that is well recognized at the state, regional, national and international level. In his extension role, he provides assistance to meat processors in the areas of product development, problem solving and regulatory compliance. He also coordinates basic and applied meat science workshops and training programs and is also involved in supporting FFA and 4-H youth in meat science related activities.
In his research role, Sindelar investigates the quality and sensory characteristics of processed meats, non-meat ingredient functionality in meat products, and intervention strategies to control pathogenic bacteria in meat products. Perhaps Jeff’s signature outreach educational accomplishment is the development of the Master Meat Crafter Training Program for Wisconsin meat processors. It is the first of its kind training program in the United States. The key purpose of the program is to provide participants with access to new ideas, information and technology to help their family meat businesses achieve long term sustainability. It is an intensive program providing meat processors up to date information on processed meat production.