Pink Slime producer closes 3 of 4 factories as boycott grows

The maker of “pink slime,” a low-cost blend of ammonia-treated bits of leftover meat, suspended operations at three of four plants on Monday, saying officials would work to address public concerns about the product.

Craig Letch, the director of food safety and quality assurance for Beef Products Inc., said the company suspended operations in Amarillo, Tex.; Garden City, Kan.; and Waterloo, Iowa. The plant in Dakota Dunes, S.D., will continue to operate…

Federal regulators say the product meets food safety standards. So do steam-cleaned chicken toenails.

Critics say it could be unsafe – and is an unappetizing example of industrialized food production

As people realized what crap was being used to extend fast food for schools and retail vendors, the reaction went viral and loud. Parents shouted at local school cafeterias – and the Feds. The Department of Agriculture caved in and will let school districts to stop using it this month regardless of existing contracts and some retail chains have pulled products containing it from their shelves.

We can thank bloggers and the Web for getting the word out. Our elected and appointed officials knew about this adulteration from the first contract they signed for it. Our beancounters as always cared only about cost.

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