Texas Ag Commissioner Miffed Over Chipotle’s Beef Supplier

AUSTIN (June 16, 2014) Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Stables has a beef with Chipotle Mexican Grill over beef.

He wants to talk to the company’s founder about the decision to import grass-fed beef from Australia.

Staples said in a letter Monday that it's "misguided" and "irresponsible" for Chipotle founder Steve Ells to believe that Australian meat is raised more responsibly than cattle in Texas, the nation's leading producer, or other states for that matter.

Ells last month defended the move by writing for the Huffington Post that Chipotle was having difficulty getting beef it prefers from U.S. producers because the lingering drought is leading to the smallest herds in decades.

Chipotle did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Staples' letter.

Staples said he wants Ells to meet with him and Texas beef industry leaders.

“If the Chipotle CEO truly wants to be responsible, he should get together with me and Texas beef industry leaders so we can have a real discussion about ‘meating’ their needs. I encourage Chipotle diners to push Mr. Ells to work with us so they can enjoy fresh, healthy American beef,” Staples said.

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