Thomasville, GA -- April 6, 2012 --
When asked if she would ever buy anything with 'pink slime' in it, Charity Wilmore's answer was clear.
"No I would think that it was like salmonella or something and be harmful for my kids and my family so definitely not."
What's in a name? If given the choice between pink slime or lean finely textured beef in their ground beef, many would probably choose the latter. But did you know they're the same thing? They are additives found in ground beef as filler.
The AFA foods plant has cited public perception of pink slime in ground beef as the reason for their Chapter 11 filing.
The public outcry has led the Department of Agriculture in Georgia to try and educate citizens on exactly what pink slime is.
"Lean Finely Textured Beef...is beef. It's 100 percent beef. It's 100 percent beef, it's 95 percent lean. It comes from an inspected process, and an approved process," said Georgia Agricultural Commissioner Gary Black.
The FDA approves lean finely textured beef and there are no documented cases of illness from the additive. The Department of Agriculture's attempt at educating the public is aimed to settle those of us that are concrened about what we're putting into our bodies.
"I don't want to feed them anything that could be harmful, especially with children you know they love hamburgers, so I'm very careful about the ground beef that I buy," said Wilmore.
Thomasville GA -- April 5, 2012 --
The AFA Foods plant behind me was business as usual, Thursday, but changes could be coming after the corporation has filed for Chapter 11.
AFA Foods produces just ground beef, not chicken or pork like other meat manufacturing plants. Nobody on site here was allowed to answer questions and they directed all inquiries to their corporate office.
Mike Geczi, a spokesman for the company, did say that AFA Foods was trying to sell some or all of it's assets. He went on to say in an email that "AFA has obtained essential financing necessary to preserve continuity, to the greatest extent possible, for its customers, employees and business partners while it continues discussions with potential buyers to secure the highest and best outcome for its businesses."
The plant in Thomasville employs 60 people. The future of the plant is not yet known.