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Business Notes LFTB fallout continues The fallout over negative publicity about the production of lean, finely textured beef has caused many foodservice chains, institutional customers and retail outlets to discontinue buying the product, which is used to increase the leanness of ground beef by blending it with trimmings treated with ammonium hydroxide. Public backlash over LFTB accelerated the drop in prices for cattle in the futures and cash markets. no longer carry ground-beef products that contain LFTB. A coalition of governors toured BPI’s plant in South Sioux City, Neb., on March 29. Four media representatives accompanied the governors on the tour, and CNN provided coverage for broadcast. The purpose of the tour was to counter negative publicity surrounding BPI’s LFTB product. By restoring public confidence in LFTB, the coalition also hoped to save the hundreds of jobs lost when BPI’s owner, Eldon Roth, was forced to shut down BPI plants. There was a press conference after the tour during which state leaders reaffi rmed their support for BPI and the wholesomeness of LFTB. Iowa Gov. Terry Brandstad, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, Nebraska Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy and South Dakota Lt. Gov. Matt Michels participated in the tour along with US Undersecretary of Food Safety, Dr. Elisabeth Hagen. Also joining the tour were several of the states’ Also, earlier this month, AFA Foods, a ground-beef processor in King of Prussia, Penn., announced the company fi led for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing recent changes in the market for ground beef and the impact of the controversy over LFTB. AFA is a competitor of Beef Products Inc., which recently suspended operations at three of its four plants where it manufactures the product. The company suspended operations at plants in Amarillo, Texas; Garden City, Kan.; and Waterloo, Iowa. The plant in South Sioux City, Neb., will continue operating. BPI’s decision comes in the wake of several major foodservice operations and supermarket chains announcing they will Secretaries of Agriculture; Gary Acuff, director of the Center for Food Safety at Texas A&M Univ., College Station; and Nancy Donley, founder of STOP Foodborne Illness. “I have been through this facility many times, and I can tell you this product is 100 percent beef and is produced in a way that is safe,” said Acuff. Prior to the plant tour, on March 28, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad held a press conference where they defended the technology used to put LFTB in the US food supply. Vilsack reaffi rmed that LFTB is safe, and that USDA has no intentions to ban the product. He encouraged (Continued on page 12) EDITORIAL STAFF Editor Joel Crews Executive Editor Keith Nunes Senior Editor Bryan Salvage Managing Editor Kimberlie Clyma Contributing Editors Richard Alaniz Dr. Temple Grandin Jerry Karczewski Leo Quigley Larry Aylward Steve Kay Steve Krut Bernard Shire Internet Editor Erica Shaffer Graphic Designer Mike Gunther PUBLISHING STAFF Chairman and Group Publisher Charles S. Sosland Vice-Chairman L. Joshua Sosland President, Publishing Director Mark Sabo Publisher Dave Crost North American Sales Director Bruce Brown Publisher Emeritus Mike Alaimo BUSINESS/PRODUCTION STAFF Vice-President & Chief Financial Officer Melanie Hepperly Audience Development Director Don Keating Director of E-Business Jon Hall Director of On-line Advertising and Promotions Carrie Fluegge Circulation Manager Judy Arnone Design Services Manager Sadowna Conarroe Manager of Advertising Design Becky White Classified Sales Representative Lily O’Kane Classified Designer Steve Piatt Digital Systems Analyst Marj Potts Advertising Manager Nora Wages Advertising Materials Coordinator Sharon Alexander Sales: Editorial: Address editorial correspondence to: Editor, Meat&Poultry, 4800 Main Street, Suite 100, Kansas City, MO 64112. Phone: (816) 756-1000 Fax: (816) 756-0494 Letters via email can be sent to Letters may also be sent via fax to (816) 756-0494. The Editor reserves the right to edit letters for length, content and clarity. Requests for reprints of articles should be sent to or call Taré Torres at (816) 756-1000. Sosland Publishing Co., a division of Sosland Companies, Inc. 10 • Meat&Poultry • April 2012 •

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Meat&Poultry - April 2012

Meat&Poultry - April 2012
Table of Contents
Commentary - Assassinating effective technology
Business Notes - LFTB fallout continues
Business Notes - Thompson to CEO of McDonald’s
Business Notes - Introducing: NAMA
Business Notes - Group to acquire Burger King restaurants
Business Notes - JBS may leave Argentina
Business Notes - JBS Q4 earnings advance despite Pilgrim’s Pride loss
Business Notes - Tyson addresses its strategy and stance on LFTB
Washington - Family farm labor pains
Cover Story - Team builder
Food Safety - Full speed ahead
CEO Series - Executive experience
Ground Beef - Burger nirvana
Meat Processing - Operations & Engineering
Flooring - Building a solid foundation
Contract Sanitation - Focus on plant sanitation
Sanitation Tips (Consejos de Sanidad) - Cleaning compounds
Sanitation Tips - Be cautious with chemicals
Packaging Solutions - Sandwich success
Ingredient Issues - ‘Real food’ nutrition
Ingredient Trends - Tracking global ingredient trends
Small Business Matters - Remote possibilities
Leadership Development - Creating future leaders
From the Corral - On-farm handling
Labor - Balancing and bargaining act
Names in the News
New Product Showcase
Classified Advertising
The Insider

Meat&Poultry - April 2012