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Permanent Shutter of Three BPI Plants Troubles Iowa Governor

May 8, 2012
By: Julianne Johnston, Pro Farmer Digital Managing Editor

Three plants in Iowa, Kansas and Texas that made lean, finely textured beef (LFTB) are closing permanently because of plummeting sales over concerns about the ingredients, the South Dakota-based manufacturer announced. Beef Product Inc. says 650 workers in Amarillo, Texas; Garden City, Kan.; and Waterloo, Iowa, will lose their jobs May 25.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad says he is saddened by the news. "This is a sad day for the state of Iowa. The fact that a false, misleading smear campaign can destroy a company’s reputation overnight should disturb us all. My office will never stop fighting for every single job in this state, and I continue to hope that as consumers learn about this safe, healthy and lean product, they will understand what a great product lean, finely textured beef truly is," he said.

"Unfortunately, we have learned that what a ruinous smear campaign accomplishes overnight can take years to correct. I want those workers who now face the daunting task of finding a new job to know that my administration will always fight for them. Today they 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," added Branstad.

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- Falls City, NE
Contact your local ABC stations on this issue.
9:26 AM May 9th
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9:50 AM May 8th
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