Beef Products Incorporated announced Monday they are shutting down their plants in Amarillo, Texas; Garden City, Kansas; and Waterloo, Iowa.
Operations at those plants had been suspended with employees on paid leave since BPI had lost much of their business over a national and social media reports questioning their lean finely textured beef.
Company spokesman Rich Jochum says while BPI hoped to resume operation at those plants, that is not going to be possible in the immediate future and the temporary suspension of operations will in fact result in the elimination of those jobs effective May 25th.
650 employees are affected at those locations. BPI will continue to operate its South Sioux City, Nebraska facility at reduced capacity.
Jochum says the company intends to continue operations there and expand production here as the market activity allows.
He says BPI will continue to stand by their lean beef as 100% wholesome, safe and nutritious, and continue to defend the company against the mischaracterizations and irresponsible misrepresentations that led to these actions.
A MINNESOTA DRIVER ESCAPED INJURY EARLY MONDAY MORNING AFTER HIS PICK-UP TRUCK COLLIDED WITH A PAIR OF COWS ON HIGHWAY 60 NEAR HOSPERS.
THE SIOUX COUNTY SHERIFF SAYS 57 YEAR OLD ALAN OBERLOH OF WORTHINGTON HIT THE ANIMALS IN THE NORTHBOUND LANE AROUND 12:30AM.
BOTH COWS DIED AND THE TRUCK SUSTAINED 10-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DAMAGE. AROUND 80 HEAD OF CATTLE ESCAPED A CONFINEMENT LOT SOMETIME SUNDAY NIGHT. SOME OF THE CATTLE WERE STILL LOOSE AS OF MID AFTERNOON MONDAY.