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Washa becomes Master Meat Crafter

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Tony Washa of Grand Champion Meats in Crosslake was one of 21 people awarded the distinction of a Master Meat Crafter in January.

This second graduating class of the Master Meat Crafter Program completed the two-and-a-half year program by giving individual presentations and participating in a graduation ceremony in Madison, Wis.

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“Congratulations to all the Master Meat Crafters for their commitment to developing and perfecting their skills,” said Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary Ben Brancel. “The breadth of projects completed by these graduates will benefit not only their individual meat businesses but the entire specialty meats industry.”

The Master Meat Crafter Program allows participants to build on their experiences in meat science and processing through a comprehensive curriculum of a plant research project, workshops and assignments. Topics included food safety, microbiology and meat curing. Each Master Meat Crafter also completed a mentorship component, sharing what they gained with an employee or another individual.

This one-of-a-kind program allows graduates to earn the accreditation of a Master Meat Crafter. A seal of distinction can now be used by the program graduates on their product labels as a symbol of their unique skills and extensive knowledge.

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