Monsanto Company has formed the Meat Quality Initiative to accelerate the growth of subsidiary Monsanto Choice Genetics' meat quality genomics discoveries.

Monsanto's swine genomics program focuses on both production efficiencies and meat quality.

Aiding that effort will be Monsanto's recent alliance with MetaMorphix, Inc., Savage, MD, giving Monsanto access to a database of over 630,000 markers of the swine genome.

This access, plus Monsanto's previous work, will continue the company's focus on genetic improvements in pork to create a product that is more flavorful, tender and juicy. More information is at