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