Five state leaders-- governors from Iowa, Texas and Kansas with lieutenant governors from Nebraska and South Dakota-- toured BPI for about 30 minutes. They saw first hand how Lean Finely Textured Beef is made at Beef Products Inc.'s South Sioux City, Neb. plant.More >>
Despite all the support shown from the Governors and the community on Thursday, the reality is there are hundreds of BPI employees in limbo. The company suspended operations at three plants and limited operations at its fourth in South Sioux City, Nebraska.More >>
"Dude, it's Beef!" said Rick Sheehy, Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska. It became a theme as leaders from several states gathered in South Sioux City, Nebraska to back Beef Products Incorporated. BPI is not only getting community support during their time of need. On Thursday, the company got some high profile support from the leaders of several states.More >>
USDA officials said at the press conference in South Sioux City, Nebraska on Thursday that BPI beef is tested among the same standards as other meat.More >>
One person who spoke at Thursday's press conference isn't the leader of a state or federal agency. She's a mom with a life changing story.
Nancy Donley's six-year-old son Alex died in 1993 after eating ground beef contaminated with E.coli.
Since then, she's made it her mission to inform the public about the danger, in hopes of stopping food borne illnesses.
Donley said she's skeptical and cynical about meat companies, but found herself impressed with BPI's safety efforts.
"There are very good companies out there. There's some not so good companies out there. And we want to encourage those that take those responsible steps, who really go out and innovate, to make food safer," said Nancy Donley of STOP Foodborne Illness.
Donley says the American public will lose if companies stop coming up with ways to make the food we eat safer.