Before signing off, I wanted to share a few links related to yesterday’s remarkably high-wattage press conference, arranged by BPI yesterday to defend its lean, finely textured beef, also known as “pink slime:”
Helena Bottemiller of Food Safety News has a good recap and analysis, including a description of some heated exchanges between BPI’s panelists and Jim Avila of ABC News, who has reported extensively on this issue.
Michele Simon, long an observer of the food industry and its response to public scrutiny, has incisive commentary about the event.
Here’s a photo spread of what this media outlet called the “pink slime plant tour.”
Marion Nestle describes what it’s been like to be on the receiving end of BPI’s intense lobbying, and also questions financial ties between some of the entities involved. As Nestle notes, “This is breathtakingly high-level—and perhaps unprecedented—support for the public relations troubles of a private food company.”
There were even t-shirts handed out at the event, bearing what I’m sure the beef industry hopes will be a catchy slogan:
Maybe they should have just gone with Jon Stewart’s proposed name for the substance?”
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