Tuesday 12 December 2017

‘Pink Slime’ Beef Manufacturer Suspends Production At 3 Of 4 Plants Amid Outcry

Pink slime can’t seem to get out of the news. It began a month ago with a report that McDonald’s would no longer use the filler in its burgers. Then two weeks ago news broke that the USDA would buy 7million pounds of the filler for the school lunch program, a decision it later reversed saying it would give schools a choice. The news continued last week with major grocery chains announcing they would pull pink slime products from the shelves amid consumer complaints. Not surprising the Associated Press reports that this news has taken its toll on Beef Products Inc., the creator and manufacturer of the additive. The company stopped production at three of its four plants this week.

More from the AP:

The maker of “pink slime” suspended operations Monday at all but one plant where the beef ingredient is made, acknowledging recent public uproar over the product has cost the company business.

Craig Letch, director of food quality and assurance for Beef Products Inc., declined to discuss financial details but said business has taken a “substantial” hit since social media exploded with worry over the ammonia-treated filler and an online petition seeking its ouster from schools drew hundreds of thousands of supporters. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided school districts may stop using it, and some retail chains have pulled products containing it from their shelves.

…Beef Products will suspend operations at plants in Amarillo, Texas; Garden City, Kan.; and Waterloo, Iowa, Letch said. About 200 employees at each of the three plants will get full salary and benefits for 60 days during the suspension. The company’s plant at its Dakota Dunes, S.D., headquarters will continue operations
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