Pink Slime Maker's Plants to Officially Close
Just one to remain open, at reduced capacity
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 8, 2012 10:02 AM CDT
In this March 29, 2012, file photo. a worker sorts cuts of beef that are used in the manufacturing process of "pink slime," at Beef Products Inc.'s plant in South Sioux City, Neb.   (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

(Newser) – In March, Beef Products Inc. halted work at 75% of its plants—and those conveyor belts will remain off. The purveyor of pink slime will close processing plants in three states this month because of the controversy surrounding its meat product, company officials announced yesterday. About 650 jobs will be lost when the plants close on May 25 in Amarillo, Texas; Garden City, Kansas; and Waterloo, Iowa. A plant in South Sioux City, Neb., will remain open but run at reduced capacity.

The South Dakota-based company blamed the closures on what it said were unfounded attacks over its lean, finely textured beef. BPI has declined to discuss financial details, but has said it took a "substantial" hit. Company officials had hoped to recover but have since realized that doing so wasn't possible in the near future, says a rep. "This is a sad day for the state of Iowa," said pink-slime-eating Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad. Workers will "go home to their families and will soon be without a job, all because some media on the coasts decided to unfairly and viciously smear the product they so proudly produced."

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May 10, 2012 9:18 PM CDT
May 8, 2012 11:27 PM CDT
If Pink Slime was so good, safe and pure beef, why didn't they try to sell it to underdeveloped countries, or overseas to countries that are not as particular as American Consumers. They didn't have to close plants and lay off people. They could have found new markets - how about animal food or starving people in Africa.
May 8, 2012 2:38 PM CDT
Each pound of cow requires at least 10 pounds of feed to produce, and each cow drinks 25 to 50 gallons of water per day. Why not use the water to grow grain and we eat IT instead of aged (partially rotted) cow corpse?