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Tue Mar 27, 2012, 05:14 PM

'Pink slime' plant closes; 200 lose jobs

Beef Products Inc. has lost, at least temporarily, the public-opinion battle over what critics call “pink slime,” and that also meant more than 200 people at the company’s Amarillo plant lost their jobs Monday.

“While lean finely textured beef was given a catchy and clever nickname in ‘pink slime,’ the impact of alarming broadcasts about this safe and wholesome beef product by Jamie Oliver, ABC News and others are no joke to those families that are now out of work,” said American Meat Institute President J. Patrick Boyle in a written statement.

Losing 200 jobs is an abrupt surprise.

“That’s huge for Amarillo and the (Texas) Panhandle,” said Mollie Barney, business services coordinator for Workforce Solutions in Amarillo. “We have reached out and hope they let us help with the transition for these employees.”

http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2012-03-26/pink-slime-plant-closes-200-lose-jobs

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Reply 'Pink slime' plant closes; 200 lose jobs (Original post)
TexasTowelie Mar 2012 OP
no_hypocrisy Mar 2012 #1
Kalidurga Mar 2012 #2
They_Live Mar 2012 #3
onestepforward Mar 2012 #6
sonias Mar 2012 #4
eppur_se_muova Mar 2012 #5
sonias Mar 2012 #7
sonias Mar 2012 #8
sonias Mar 2012 #9

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 05:17 PM

1. I'm sorry about the jobs but not the slime.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 05:21 PM

2. probably a dangerous job anyway...

all those toxic chemicals.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 07:04 PM

3. Perhaps they could start an organic farm co-op

instead.

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Response to They_Live (Reply #3)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 10:59 PM

6. Wonderful idea. n/t

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 07:24 PM

4. Not sustainable

I'm sorry for their job loss too. I can only hope the workers find jobs in another industry/sector that is more sustainable and less toxic for them and for all humans who eat food.

Working in the slime industry would be comparable to cleaning up nuclear waste in the sense that if we didn't use nukes we wouldn't have waste to clean up. We should not be eating slime, so these workers have to understand it was a dead end job. No pun intended.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 09:29 PM

5. "About 200 employees at each location will receive their full salary and benefits for 60 da"

according to ... the same company, which said production has been "suspended".

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002475712

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Mar 28, 2012, 07:51 PM

7. Gov. Perry defends ‘pink slime’

Texas Politics blog 3/28/12

Gov. Perry defends ‘pink slime’

Gov. Rick Perry is defending so-called “pink slime” in a statement issued in conjunction with Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman and South Dakota Lt. Gov. Matt Michels (on behalf of South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, who’s on a trade mission to China).

Their statement says that the “lean, finely textured beef is a safe, nutritious product that is backed by sound science.”

Here’s how the AP describes the produce, nicknamed pink slime: “The lower-cost ingredient is made from fatty bits of meat left over from other cuts. The bits are heated and spun to remove most of the fat. The lean mix then is compressed into blocks for use in ground meat. The product is exposed to ammonium hydroxide gas to kill bacteria, such as E. coli and salmonella.”

Here’s the statement from the coalition including Perry:

“Our states proudly produce food for the country and the world – and we do so with the highest commitment toward product safety. Lean, finely textured beef is a safe, nutritious product that is backed by sound science. It is unfortunate when inaccurate information causes an unnecessary panic among consumers.


Of course he would!

If Perry thinks it's so good he should show us by eating it - everyday!

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Fri Mar 30, 2012, 04:59 PM

8. "lean finely textured beef"

It's whats for dinner.

AAS 3/30/12
Officials: 'Pink slime' controversy could hurt Texas beef industry

Gov. Rick Perry and Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples joined officials from other beef-producing states Thursday to tour a Nebraska plant that makes the meat product disparagingly called "pink slime" and to defend the food item that has been part of the American diet for 20 years.

After the tour of the Beef Products Inc. facility in South Sioux City, Neb., officials said they felt it was important to counter myths and misconceptions about "lean finely textured beef" — the official term for the product — that led to the suspension of some meat processing operations — and the 650 jobs that go with them — at plants in Amarillo; Garden City, Kan.; and Waterloo, Iowa.

Texas officials also said they were concerned about the effects criticism of the product could have on the Texas beef industry, as well as the possibility of rising beef prices.

"As governors, we owe it to the people of our states and their employers to ensure no industry succumbs to misinformation and false reports, many driven by ideological opponents with a clear agenda," Perry said in a statement. "Members of the media owe it to consumers to report the facts, so let's call this product what it is and make ‘pink slime' a term of the past."

Food bloggers, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and hundreds of news reports have drawn attention to the product, which is created by putting leftover cuts of meat into a centrifuge to spin off fat and make a lean meat product. The attention from critics has led a number of grocers, such as Safeway Inc., which owns Randalls in Texas, to say it will stop selling the product. H-E-B and Whole Foods previously said they do not use the product.


So I sitll want to see Perry sit down an eat a bowl of pink slime aka "lean finely textured beef" to show us how safe it is. Come on Perry lets see you feed it to your kids.

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Response to sonias (Reply #8)

Fri Mar 30, 2012, 05:01 PM

9. Supposedly Perry did eat some

Or at least he pretended to be eating it.

During the half-hour tour of the Nebraska plant, none of the officials tasted the product, but Perry and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad were among those munching on burgers made from it at a news conference afterward.


I'd like to have proof it really had pink slime in the burger.

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