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BPI Suspends 70 Percent of Ammoniated Beef Production

As consumers ditch 'pink slime,' BPI suspends production at three plants

Responding to a dramatic drop in consumer demand, Beef Products Inc, the nation’s leading maker of ammoniated beef now widely known as “pink slime,” announced it is suspending production at three plants. The suspended plants account for approximately 70 percent of the company’s capacity to produce Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB) treated with ammonium hydroxide…. Continue Reading

‘The Lunch Tray’ Responds to Beef Industry Defenses of ‘Pink Slime’

Lunch Tray readers following the astonishing progress of the Change.org petition launched here last week to get “Boneless Lean Beef Trimmings” (BLBT) out of school food (175,000  at present count) will hardly be surprised that the beef industry has started to come out swinging.  PR reps of the American Meat Institute, employees of Beef Products… Continue Reading

What’s Wrong With Pink Slime?


It’s high in protein. It’s low in fat. It’s been treated to kill Salmonella and E. coli. It’s lab-tested before it is shipped. So what’s all the fuss about? Gerald Zirnstein, a former microbiologist with USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, calls the product “pink slime” and doesn’t “consider the stuff to be ground beef,”… Continue Reading

BPI Ground Beef Gets Support From Food Safety Leaders

As Beef Products Inc. was being “slimed” this week —  from the blogosphere to network television — David M. Theno was feeling unusually helpless watching from Tampa where he was keynoting the 2012 Annual Beef Industry Safety Summit, along with Food Safety News publisher Bill Marler.   Theno, the guru who was brought in to… Continue Reading

Campaign Against BPI’s ‘Pink Slime’

Texas food columnist Bettina Siegel, author of “The Lunch Tray” about school lunches, is now taking on ammoniated beef — the product dubbed “pink slime” made by the food safety leader Beef Products Inc. Siegel, who writes for the Houston Chronicle and the online Huffington Post, has decided to get involved in the ammoniated beef debate… Continue Reading

Manipulated Public Opinion Trumps Real Science – Again


The very recent attacks on Beef Products Inc. by groups of well-intentioned but seriously misguided foodies is more proof that good science is too often trumped by manipulated public opinion. For those of you who don’t know the company, BPI produces a boneless lean beef product from trim that is usually lost. Its primary uses… Continue Reading