Vilsack Says ‘No Question’ Lean, Finely Textured Beef Is Safe

Lean, finely textured beef is safe to eat, even after some food companies have cut back or halted use of the product, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.

“This product is safe,” Vilsack said today during a press conference in Des Moines, Iowa, that was broadcast on the state government website. “There’s no question about it. We have said that repeatedly. This product is safe. This product contains less fat, and this product historically is less expensive.”

The product is made of beef trim and is treated with ammonium hydroxide to kill pathogens.

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