April 18, 2012
Governor Rick Perry and Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples recently toured a Nebraska plant that makes lean finely textured beef, the meat product now known as "pink slime", and to defend the food item thats been part of the American diet for 20-years. Perry and Staples were concerned about the effects criticism of the product could have on the Texas beef industry. Mindy Brashears, professor of food safety and public health at Texas Tech University, shares that same concern:
"It's estimated that its going to take about 1.4 million animals each year, to replace the ground beef lost in the market. And whenever you take that out of your food supply and essentially you throw it away, then the cost of ground beef, whether it be at food service or in the grocery store, will actually have to increase to compensate for that product's loss, its no longer being used."