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May National Beef Month

May 22, 2012
Estherville Daily News

It's probably no coincidence that May is National Barbecue Month, National Hamburger Month and National Beef Month - all combined.

And this is probably just as good of a time as any to break the myth of "pink slime" that vegeterrorists have used to attack the beef industry. It's all bunk.

What "pink slime" really is is finely textured beef that's been treated - something that actually helps to preserve it longer and make the beef we eat a safer product. It also helps make hamburger congeal better so it's easier to make those tasty hamburger patties that we all enjoy so much.

This is also just as good of a time as any to address the attacks against the beef industry by those who oppose production agriculture.

The reason we have such a safe supply of beef today is because of production agriculture. Production and inspection standards have never been higher. And by controlling the beef-production process from birth to the point of sale, the beef industry is better to determine if and when there's a problem - and deal with it.

Just like any food, it's a good idea to eat a balanced diet. So when you sit down tonight to a tossed salad, baked beans, baked potato and lean beef, you can bet that you're eating one of the best and safest meals in the world.

Anyone who has traveled abroad can appreciate just how safe, efficient and pure our nation's food supply - and that includes beef - really is.

So the next time you hear something on the news disparaging our nation's beef industry - the best in the world - go instead to the meat counter and give yourself a treat - genuine Grade A U.S. beef. The best there is.



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