DAKOTA DUNES, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota beef company says it
plans to close processing plants in three states because of the
controversy surrounding a product that critics have dubbed "pink
Beef Products Inc. spokesman Rich Jochum said Monday that 650
jobs will be lost when it closes its plants in Amarillo, Texas;
Garden City, Kansas; and Waterloo Iowa. The closures will be
effective May 25.
A plant in South Sioux City, Neb., will remain open.
The company blames what it calls unfounded attacks over a
product that it calls "lean, finely textured beef." In the
process, bits of beef are heated and treated with a small amount of
Beef Products is based in Dakota Dunes, S.D.