Yesterday, governors and USDA officials came out blasting the media for use of the term “pink slime,” saying the company and its product have been maligned and misjudged and that the process is based on “sound science.” They also reiterated that the product is safe and pointed to the jobs lost at the closed plants. From the group’s statement:
"By taking this safe product out of the market, grocery retailers and consumers are allowing media sensationalism to trump sound science. This is a disservice to the beef industry, hundreds of workers who make their livings producing this safe product, and consumers as a whole."
Most stores, meanwhile, are sticking to their refusal of the product, with the exception of Hy-Vee, based in Iowa, where the politicians held their press conference yesterday.The store announced that it would back off of its ban of the product, saying it would give consumers the option to buy it.