Oklahoma Farm Report masthead graphic with wheat on the left and cattle on the right.
Howdy Neighbors!
Ron Hays, Director of Farm Programming Radio Oklahoma Network  |  7401 N. Kelley Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73111  |  (405) 841-3675  |  Fax: (405) 841-3674

advertisements
   
   
   
   
    
   
   
     
   
   
   

Beef Buzz News


USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Weighs in on the Safety of LFTB

Thu, 29 Mar 2012 05:40:22 CDT

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Weighs in on the Safety of LFTB Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack held a joint news conference to discuss the fallout from recent news reports vilifying Lean Finely Textured Beef. The slang term that has caught the attention of the public is "pink Slime." This has scared many consumers who have demanded that supermarkets offer a product that is free of LFTB- and several major players have backed away from buying ground beef that includes LFTB as a part of its mix as a result.

The fallout has been particularly bad for BPI, the maker of LFTB, as it has suspended operations at three of its four plants. Branstad said 200 workers at the Waterloo, Iowa, plant are without jobs. Plants in Texas and Kansas are also affected. BPI has been making LFTB for 30 years.

“We cannot stand by and watch a company close its doors because people do not know the facts about BPI and the lean beef that it makes and that’s why I’ve been so adamant about telling this story,” Branstad said.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack echoed Branstad’s concerns and said he would do everything he could to remind the public that LFTB is a good product.

“Let me reiterate without any equivocation something that we have said literally hundreds of times-hundreds of times in print media, hundreds of times in broadcast media, and on radio-this product is safe,” Tom Vilsack said.

Branstead will be joined by the Governors from Texas and Kansas- the other two states that have BPI plants that have closed because of the hysteria- meeting up and touring the lone remaining BPI plant still open in Nebraska to "set the record straight." That tour is planned for Thursday. Governors Branstad, Brownback, Heineman, Perry and South Dakota Lieutenant Governor Matt Michels say lean finely textured beef is a safe product that’s been consumed for years.

Not only has BPI been affected by the recent flap - but also grocery stores Hyvee, Super Valu, Safeway, Kroger and Walmart have all discontinued purchasing lean finely textured beef. Branstead told reporters on the media call on Wednesday that he had talked personally with the CEO of Hyvee Supermarkets (based in Iowa) and that they were reconsidering their decision and would make available ground beef with LFTB in their stores once again.

The technique developed by BPI actually recovers enough additional beef from the bone that it reduces the need for 1.5 million additional head of cattle each year. Market watchers say that beef prices could feel more upward pressure if this source of beef is not allowed to be used in making ground product.

Today's Beef Buzz features comments from the Wednesday news briefing held by Iowa Governor Terry Branstead and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Click here for a analysis of the problems caused by this media firestorm over LFTB- through the eyes of Trent Loos.

The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network- but is also a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Click on the listen bar below for today's show- and check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today.


   
   



Ron Hays Beef Buzzes with Tom Vilsack and Terry Branstead
right-click to download mp3

 

WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI

 

Beef News

  • Scott George Addresses Changes to Beef Checkoff to Attract More Contractors  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:50:24 CDT
  • Beef Checkoff Working Group Moving Forward  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:20:43 CDT
  • Past NCBA President Disappointed NFU Leaves Checkoff Discussions  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:32:58 CDT
  • Genomics Key to Long Term Vision of Beef Production  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:57:11 CDT
  • Consumers Push-Back Over Record Beef Prices   Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:59:12 CDT
  • Japanese Love Combination of US Beef and Baseball   Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:21:24 CDT
  • Peel Urges Producers to Rethink Cattle Production Decisions  Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:15:57 CDT
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Offers BQA Incentive  Tue, 09 Sep 2014 15:05:31 CDT
  • US Animal Agriculture Champions of Production Efficiency  Fri, 05 Sep 2014 12:05:53 CDT
  • Mitloehner Slams Research Blaming Cattle for Excess Methane Emissions  Thu, 04 Sep 2014 16:04:01 CDT
  • Mitloehner Busts Myth of Meatless Mondays   Wed, 03 Sep 2014 12:16:42 CDT
  • UC Davis Researcher Targets UN Over GHG Emissions   Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:21:58 CDT
  • USDA Awards Grant to Study Water Efficiency In Cattle Production   Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:26:29 CDT
  • OSU Researching Water Consumption In Cattle   Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:21:00 CDT
  • Canadian Ag Minister Offers Fix for COOL   Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:03:56 CDT
  • Both Sides Await WTO Country of Origin Labeling Ruling  Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:07:07 CDT
  • For Cow Calf Producers- A Great Time to Be in the Cattle Business- Derrell Peel Tells All  Sat, 23 Aug 2014 20:02:49 CDT
  • Derrell Peel Offers Analysis on Current State of the Cattle Market  Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:59:04 CDT
  • In the Midst of Structural Change- NCBA Grows Their Membership  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:46:46 CDT
  • Beef Demand Index Up Substantially Despite High Prices  Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:05:39 CDT
  • NCBA Says US Agriculture Can't Afford to Lose WOTUS Battle   Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:09:54 CDT
  • NCBA Shows Scope of WOTUS Rule  Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:38:33 CDT
  • Record Beef Prices Supported by Demand and PEDV  Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:39:56 CDT
  • Dr. Plain Says Record Prices Put Cattlemen at Crossroads  Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:58:18 CDT
  • USMEF Phil Seng Says Reverbs on COOL Will Be Wakeup Call for Congress  Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:59:13 CDT
  • Amid Record Prices, USMEF Promotes Value of US Beef   Thu, 07 Aug 2014 11:39:52 CDT
  • US Beef on Track to Break Export Records in 2014  Wed, 06 Aug 2014 12:17:53 CDT
  • Kevin Good of Cattlefax Forecasts Strong Markets into 2015  Tue, 05 Aug 2014 15:32:47 CDT
  • NCBA's Kristina Butts Believes WTO Ruling on COOl to be Made Public in September  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:18:28 CDT
  • Head of Texas Cattle Feeders Discusses State of Industry  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:14:11 CDT
  • Global Growth Committee Addressing Exports and Millennial Beef Demand   Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:24:24 CDT
  • Robb says Fed Cattle Markets At Transition For Price Discovery  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:45:03 CDT
  • 2014 Transition Point for Cattle Markets and Herd Rebuilding  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:32:43 CDT
  • Americans Continue to Demand Beef Amidst Record Prices   Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:53:12 CDT
  • Redlands Building Cattle Herd and Future Producers   Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:44:03 CDT

  •  

    Beef Buzz Archives

    Old Archives  |   2010  |   2011  |   2012  |   2013  |   Jan 14  |   Feb 14  |   Mar 14  |   Apr 14  |   May 14  |   Jun 14  |   Jul 14  |   Aug 14  |   Sep 14  |   Oct 14  |   Nov 14  |   Dec 14
       

    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

    Wireless Pioneer Tulsa Farm Show Croplan Genetics P&K Equipment American Farmers & Ranchers KIS FUTURES, INC. Stillwater Milling Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Oklahoma Farm Bureau Big Iron

       
       
    © 2008-2014 Oklahoma Farm Report
    Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup

    WebReady powered by WireReady® NSI