Permanent Shutter of Three BPI Plants Troubles Iowa Governor

May 8, 2012 03:00 AM

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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