Company At Center Of “Pink Slime” Uproar Struggles To Rebound

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (May 19, 2013)—Beef Products, Inc., the beef-processing company that makes the product that critics dubbed "pink slime," continues to struggle more than a year after the initial stories on the lean bits of beef it produced.

The Dakota Dunes, S.D., based company lost 80 percent of its business after the uproar over what BPI calls lean finely textured beef.

The lean meat BPI separated from trimmings was widely used in hamburger, but consumers objected to it after media reports depicted it as unsavory.

The private company closed three of its four plants, scrapped expansion plans in South Sioux City and eliminated more than 700 jobs, which won't return soon.

Oscar Gomez, who lost his job, says the situation is unfortunate.

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