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Staples on hype: ‘Pink slime’ is healthy, lean beef




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SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. -- Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples joined Texas Gov. Rick Perry and several other governors and lieutenant governors on a tour March 29 of the Beef Products Inc. (BPI) plant in South Sioux City, Neb. The tour was for state leaders and the media to end myths and misconceptions about lean, finely textured beef and support the entire U.S. beef industry that is critical to our nation’s food supply.

Following unsubstantiated, negative media coverage, BPI was forced to suspend operations at three plants in Amarillo, Texas, Garden City, Kan., and Waterloo, Iowa. Other companies that also produce this lean beef product have slowed production due to cancellation of orders.

“Today, many Americans are out of work and more are threatened because of misinformation about lean finely textured beef,” Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said. “For more than two decades this 100-percent beef product has been approved by food safety experts as being safe to eat and enjoy in your home.

“If these myths are allowed to persist, hard-working Americans will lose their jobs permanently, forcing us to be more dependent on foreign food sources to meet growing consumer demand for lean ground beef.

“There is never an appropriate time to let activist-driven misinformation campaigns overcome science-driven consumer choices. It is even more imperative in these times of tight domestic food supplies and increasing prices that the public has accurate information.

“Regulatory burdens and foreign dependency on oil impact us every day in the price we pay for gasoline. Let’s learn from that burdensome reliance and keep food prices under control.”

For more information regarding this issue, see “What’s the beef about pink slime?” page 1D.
 

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Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
April 6, 2012 11:14am
 
What ingredients specifically?

 
Alvin Charmaine  
April 6, 2012 5:12am
 
Supply and demand. If they list the ingredients and consumers dont want to eat it, than the market will go away, and thats what is happening. Turns out people dont want to eat dog food, is anyone surprised by that? Its not ... More ›

 
Eat Local  
TX farm  
April 6, 2012 12:24am
 
According to Dr. Mercola, in government & industry records dozens of batches have been found to have been contaminated over the past several years. The slime from BPI is exempt from USDA routine testing because the USDA ... More ›

 
Rock'n chair Rambler  
Over Taxed, TX  
April 5, 2012 12:54pm
 
Maybe they should get Oprah to campaign on behalf of pink slime burger. She might be up for it, now that her cable gig ain't goin' so good. Heck, maybe it's a good way to lose weight. If you eat too much, it just comes ... More ›

 
Elaine K.  
Floresville  
April 5, 2012 11:40am
 
Marcelina, You must be talking about chicken nuggets?

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
April 5, 2012 10:49am
 
If all the ingredients were listed in detail they would have to attach one of those airline barf bags to each package. Maybe two. 100% beef means they use 100%. Think about that.

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