Monday, April 23, 2012

Just in from Washington

Correcting the Public Record on Lean Finely Textured Beef

Washington--Thirty lawmakers on Thursday asked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack what USDA has done and can do in the future to help stop “the campaign of misinformation” about lean finely textured beef, now widely known to American consumers as “pink slime.”

Describing the media coverage and subsequent consumer revolt against LFTB as “a campaign of misinformation,” the members of Congress asked USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service to outline steps it has taken to correct the public record and educate consumers about the safety of LFTB.

The letter did not include specifics about what FSIS should address, but pointed out that Beef Products Inc., the manufacturer of LFTB, has an “award-winning trade record” and food safety record that have gone unnoticed by critics.

Food Safety News article

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