CREATED Apr. 5, 2012
Omaha, NE - What's inside your ground beef could soon be displayed on the outside. After weeks of controversy surrounding lean, finely textured beef that's treated with ammonia gas, or pink slime as critics call it, beef producers plan on labeling the meat product.
"Everything should be labeled exactly what the contents are so therefore you can make a choice on what you eat or what you don't eat," Dennis Hilger said.
The makers of the filler, Beef Products Inc, insists it's safe but will now voluntarily use labels such as "Contains Lean Finely Textured Beef," "Contains Finely Textured Beef," or "Contains Lean Beef Derived from Beef Trimmings."
"There should be a lot more done. They put on the labels the bare minimum," Ken Shriver said.
Consumer backlash and media attention forced BPI to temporarily stop production at three of it's four plants, including one in Iowa. They put hundreds of employees on paid leave for the next 60 days.
Last week Iowa Governor Terry Brandstad and other leaders toured a plant in South Sioux City, Nebraska to show it's safe.
"If the USDA is continuing to allow it or promote it I don't' have a problem with it, I trust it," Jackie Simmons said.
Across the metro, Hyvee stores have agreed to once again sell LFTB meat but you won't likely find it at Baker's stores.