The Huffington Post is reporting that the manufacturer of the infamous “Pink Slime” beef is shutting down operations in three of its four plants until further notice.
After a shit storm over its “shit meat” made grocery stores, school lunch programs, and fast-food restaurants stop buying its product — all of whom, if they really cared about their consumers, they wouldn’t have served the “shit meat” in the first place — Beef Products Inc. will suspend operations at plants in Amarillo, Texas; Garden City, Kan.; and Waterloo, Iowa, according to Craig Letch, the company’s director of food safety and quality assurance.
According to Huffington Post, federal regulators say the ammonia-treated filler, known in the industry as “lean, finely textured beef,” meets food safety standards.
And that’s what the fine folks over at Beef Inc. want you to understand — the truth, mechanically separated from the bone. In a statement, Letch assures people that BP Inc. abides by the strict standards set by the US Department of Agriculture, some of whose chief regulators were lobbyists for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.
It looks as if we’ll start seeing commercials that proclaim “meat is meat,” similar to the high fructose corn syrup ads filmed in the corn fields of middle America. I’m sure we’ll hear how important meat production is to our economy like the facile ExxonMobil pipeline commercials delivered the way American’s love to hear their news — from the mouth of an ostensibly congenial black man.
“Pink Slime,” which was coined by USDA whistleblower Gerald Zirnstein, consists of spare beef trimmings that have been treated with ammonium hydroxide (to kill the pathogens and make it more pleasant to eat) and has been the target of health food activists.
Recently, the USDA allowed school districts to decide if they would want to use the meat, and lots of school districts, fearing complaints from parents, eschewed the processed meat.
According to Huffington Post, about 200 employees at each of the three plants will get full salary and benefits for 60 days during the suspension, Letch said. The plant in Amarillo produced about 200,000 pounds a day, while the Kansas and Iowa plants each produced about 350,000 pounds a day.