“Lean Finely Textured Beef” (LFTB) — Get The Facts … Pink Slime plants close – handing out pink slips (May-08-2012) …

“Lean Finely Textured Beef” (LFTB) — Get The Facts … Pink Slime plants close – handing out pink slips (May-08-2012) …
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"We continue to stand by our lean beef as 100% wholesome, safe and nutritious, and we will continue to defend Beef Products, Inc. against the mischaracterized and irresponsible misrepresentations that led us to take these actions," said spokesman Rich Jochum, urging consumers to visit the website BeefIsBeef. It says its boneless lean beef is "approximately 94% lean beef, and made with great attention to food safety and quality." [15]

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May-08-2012

Pink Slime plants close – handing out pink slips

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…"Last month, Beef Products Inc. made the difficult business decision to suspend operations at our three plants in Amarillo, Texas; Garden City, Kansas; and Waterloo, Iowa while we attempted to rebuild markets following the unfounded and misguided attacks on our Boneless Lean Beef Trimmings. (More…)

…I continue to encourage you to visit www.BeefIsBeef.com for the facts about Boneless Lean Beef Trimmings and for up-to-date news and information." (More…)

…The company suspended operations at the three plants in March amid public uproar over the filler. (More…)

…"The fact that a false, misleading smear campaign can destroy a company’s reputation overnight should disturb us all," Branstad said in a statement. (More…)

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In a statement, the company said it was attempting "to rebuild markets following the unfounded and misguided attacks" and was "making significant progress in setting the record straight." "We continue to stand by our lean beef as 100% wholesome, safe and nutritious, and we will continue to defend Beef Products, Inc. against the mischaracterized and irresponsible misrepresentations that led us to take these actions," said spokesman Rich Jochum, urging consumers to visit the website BeefIsBeef. It says its boneless lean beef is "approximately 94% lean beef, and made with great attention to food safety and quality." [15] "We intend to continue operations at this location and expand production here as the market activity allows," Jochum said. "In the interim, we continue to stand by our lean beef as 100 percent wholesome, safe and nutritious, and we will continue to defend Beef Products Inc. against the mischaracterized and irresponsible misrepresentations that led us to take these actions." [22]

Beef Products, Inc. extracts lean meat from beef trimmings and processes it into low-fat meat products for use in grocery stores and fast-food restaurants. [6]

Sen. Bill Dotzler, D-Waterloo, whose district includes the shuttered Beef Products processing plant, said the governor’s efforts "just couldn’t keep up" with the spread of the negative publicity. [9]

In late March, the company suspended production of its lean finely textured beef, a filler made from chemically treated trimmings that is mixed with fattier beef, at the three plants. [15] In late March, BPI suspended production at the three plants for 60 days. At that time, BPI spokesman Rich Jochum had said the closure could become permanent. "This is a direct reaction to all the misinformation about our lean beef," Jochum said then. [24]

The product is, on average, 95 percent lean beef and is mixed with ground beef and in other products including low-fat hot dogs. [6] In March, public outcry erupted over the filler for ground beef, which is made from fatty trimmings that are more susceptible to contamination than other cuts of beef. The trimmings are therefore sprayed with ammonia – more often associated with cleaning products – to remove pathogens such as salmonella and E.coli. [24] The product, added to some ground beef, includes beef trimmings treated with ammonia to kill bacteria. [18] Following the public backlash, many grocery stores announced that they would either discontinue selling ground beef that included LFTB or they would label the ground beef that included the product. [22]

SOURCES

1. BPI eliminating Iowa jobs effective May 25 – KWWL.com – News & Weather for Waterloo, Dubuque, Cedar Rapids & Iowa City, Iowa |
2. UPDATE: BPI will close three plants, cut 650 workers – KTIV News 4 Sioux City IA: News, Weather and Sports
3. UPDATE: BPI Announces Closure of Three Plants – KPTH FOX 44: Local News and Entertainment for Sioux City and Siouxland |
4. Beef Products Inc closing three plants after consumer backlash | AgriPulse
5. BPI: ‘pink slime’ plant closures permanent – Omaha.com
6. UPDATE: BPI to close Waterloo plant, two others, cutting 650 jobs
7. Beef company closing 3 plants in Iowa, Kan., Texas, blaming ‘pink slime’ controversy – Local News – Wichita, KS – msnbc.com
8. Figures on government spending and debt – Live5News.com | Charleston, SC | News, Weather, Sports
9. Records show steps taken to fight ‘pink slime’ fallout
10. BPI will eliminate operations at three plants – KTIV News 4 Sioux City IA: News, Weather and Sports
11. BPI to close Waterloo plant permanently | Des Moines Register Staff Blogs
12. Beef Product Inc. Will Close Waterloo Plant; 650 Jobs Will Be Lost Across Region – Cedar Falls, IA Patch
13. ‘Pink slime’ uproar leads to closing of 3 beef processing plants | kens5.com San Antonio
14. Beef company closing 3 plants due to "pink slime’ controversy – NY Daily News
15. Company to close 3 plants over ‘pink slime’ ground beef
16. BPI shutting down three plants, including Waterloo facility
17. Pink Slime plants close – handing out pink slips – ABC4.com – Salt Lake City, Utah News
18. Bottom Line – ‘Pink slime’ maker to close three plants
19. Beef company closing 3 plants, blaming ‘pink slime’ controversy | TheGazette
20. BPI Cuts 650 Jobs, Shuts Plants After "Pink Slime’ Backlash – Businessweek
21. BPI To Permanently Close Three Plants – KPTH FOX 44: Local News and Entertainment for Sioux City and Siouxland |
22. BPI, Maker of ‘Pink Slime,’ to Close 3 of 4 Plants
23. BPI Closing Amarillo Plant
24. WAMC: "Pink slime" label forces beef plant closures (2012-05-07)
25. Maker of pink slime to shut 3 plants -Iowa Gov. | Reuters
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