BPI's Beef Back In School & Store Menus

Beef Products Incorporated's "Lean Finely Textured Beef" is back on the menu at more schools around the country.

Last year, all but three states chose to get rid of the ammonia-treated meat in school lunch programs because of the controversy surrounding the product.
BPI had to shut down 3 plants and eliminate 700 jobs following a controversial report by ABC News.

Nick Roth, BPI's Director of Engineering, blamed the company's demise on ABC News and its "Smear Campaign" that called lean finely textured beef "pink slime."
Roth also predicted last year that if the product went away, the consumer would see a difference in price.

"If this product isn't reintroduced, if the facts aren't put out there and people accept them, then it's going to be a big hit to the consumer and ground beef prices will continue to rise," said Roth over a year ago.

Lean finely textured beef brings down the cost of beef by about 3%, which may be the reason 4 more states have put in orders this year for the product.

BPI released a statement in response to the upswing in orders.

"USDA has repeatedly affirmed that lean finely textured beef is safe, wholesome, and nutritious 100% lean beef. With the successful use of LFTB by the AMS program over the last 15 years, we are confident that these states and school districts will enjoy both quality and cost improvements."

In addition to Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota, which ordered the product last year, the new states include Illinois, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Texas.