Food Scientist Discusses BPI's Safety Practices
June 9, 2017
SDPB Radio - A food scientist from Texas Tech University took the witness stand on
Wednesday and Thursday in the defamation case between Beef Products Incorporated and
ABC News. The Dakota Dunes-based meat company argues that ABC and network correspondent
Jim Avila conducted a wrongful media campaign by calling its lean, finely textured
beef product 'pink slime.' BPI is claiming almost $2 billion in its suit, which could
be tripled under South Dakota's Agricultural Food Products Disparagement Act. South
Dakota Public Broadcasting's Jeremy Ludemann reports.
Mindy Breshears is a professor of food microbiology at Texas Tech and directs the
school's International Center for Food Industry Excellence. During Wednesday's direct
examination, Breshears testified about the safety practices she observed at BPI's
"They literally take a sample out of every single sixty pound box of product that's
leaving their facility. I don't know of any other processor that does that. And then,
they take samples to the lab and they test it for the presence of salmonella and also
e coli - and whenever I talk about e coli, there's e coli 0157:H7."
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