Heather Callaghan and Michael Edwards
Beef Products International (BPI) is facing their biggest public relations disaster yet.
The people have spoken and want nothing to do with their flowery sounding “lean finely textured beef.” Kroger Co. chain has added itself to the growing “We do not carry Pink Slime” list as well as countless delis reassuring customers on their signs.
BPI is closing three out of their four branches in Amarillo, Texas; Garden City, Kansas; and Waterloo, Iowa — South Sioux City, Nebraska will remain open. BPI has one month to placate customers or possibly vanish forever. One month to undue 20 years of silent profit. Profit from supermarkets, fast food chains, and school cafeterias.
But what about the real foxes in the hen house — the USDA and FDA? And what will happen to the price of “healthy” meat?
America’s food regulatory agencies approved, as safe, meat trimmings not fit for animal feed that will only preclude death by food poisoning if first soaked in ammonia — which is poisonous and not effective against all pathogens, especially newer resistant ones.
Robert Menendez told Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, “The leftover scraps…come from parts of the cow with high exposure to fecal matter.”