Reporting from Washington — Amid the growing outcry over so-called “pink slime” beef product, three U.S. governors are stepping up to defend the controversial meat.
The trio of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, all of whose states have been affected by the backlash against the beef, joined together Thursday for a tour of a Beef Products Inc.’s operating plant in South Sioux City, Neb.
The plant, one of the four responsible for the production of the meat, is currently the only one in operation. The other three plants, in Texas, Kansas and Iowa, have been temporarily shut down.
“I do not believe workers in plants in Iowa, Kansas and Texas should wonder why they don’t have a job because of misleading headlines,” Branstad said at a news conference after the tour.
“Let’s call this product what it is. And let pink slime become a term of the past,” Gov. Perry told the media, chastising the media for their supposed misrepresentation of the beef.