From the Office of State Senator Kel Seliger, District 31

April 2, 2012
Contact: Gina Dowdy, (806) 374-8994

Statement from Senator Seliger on Media Coverage of Lean, Finely Textured Beef

"I am very concerned about the recent coverage and the results of the media and internet coverage of lean, finely textured beef. This product has been on the market for about two decades, and until it got the catchy name, it had received no particular attention as to any risk of its consumption. We must be careful about what our children eat in public schools and what is sold to the general public. This is the primary function of the USDA meat inspection program which has found this product to be in compliance with its standards. The negative portrayal has had and will have a profound effect on the industry. Already 200 jobs have been lost in the state of Texas, and this may very well cause price increases on all beef products. Coverage and reaction to this circumstance should be justified by sound science and thorough inspection."