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Congressional Delegation Urges Vilsack to Do More re: LFTB

April 20, 2012
By: Julianne Johnston, Pro Farmer Digital Managing Editor

A group of 20 Congressional lawmakers have asked USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack for information on what is being done to correct the "tremendous amount of simply incorrect misinformation" surrounding the lean, finely textured beef (LFTB) incident that has resulted in the lost of jobs due to the reduced demand for the product.

Link to full text of letter, with the list of those signing the letter.

"We have been watching with great concern as this campaign of misinformation has unfolded and have been particularly concerned about the loss of jobs that's resulted from it," states the letter. "No company should be forced to close its doors due to a smear campaign by a few overzealous individuals in the media. LFTB is a safe product and should be promoted as such."

The letter also states concern about the impacts the controversy will have on the price of beef. "This isn't just a problem that will impact those who product beef; every American who buys beef could end up being harmed by this misinformation," it states.

Juli says: While the letter asks Vilsack what is being done to counter this attack, it fails to ask why USDA is allowing schools to opt out of purchasing LFTB, which was a "knee-jerk" reaction on Vilsack's part.

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