Community Rally Held For ‘Pink Slime’ Producer

SIOUX CITY (AP) – The main producer of the lean beef trimmings that critics call “pink slime” continues to have the support of the community where the company is based.

Several thousand people attended a picnic in Sioux City Saturday to support Beef Products Inc. and dine on hamburgers made with its beef.

BPI’s beef has drawn extra scrutiny because of concerns about the ammonium hydroxide it treats meat with to slightly change the acidity of the beef and kill bacteria.

The company defends its product as safe, and says it has been used in ground beef for years.

Sioux City resident Jose Lopez says he did his own Internet research after hearing concerns about BPI’s products. Lopez says he decided the meat is safe, so he brought his family to the picnic.

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  • annietex

    Of course they’re going to rally around the place, all of the people that live there probably work there. I’m not a fan on pink slime, not because I don’t think it’s safe, but because I believe we as consumers have been deceived. When I buy ground beef I want it to be ground “meat”, not some meat with “meat filler”, regardless of where on the cow it came from.

  • norulers

    Tough luck for you, Jose. We’re longer going to be suckered into buying and eating your garbage. Produce a product people want and people will buy it. How about REAL meat?

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