Kansas plant reopening after ‘pink slime’ dustup
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A shuttered Kansas processing plant that made a treated ground beef product critics dubbed “pink slime” plans to reopen next week with limited operations amid rebounding sales.
Beef Products Inc. said Tuesday it plans to start collecting fresh beef trimmings at its Garden City facility on Monday to support its Dakota City, Nebraska, operations.
The Kansas plant is the first to reopen since the South Dakota-based company closed three facilities over the 2012 controversy about the meat.
Beef Products will rehire 40 to 45 workers for two shifts of fresh beef trimmings collection and a third- shift cleaning crew at its Garden City location.
Some 236 workers at the Garden City plant lost their jobs in 2012 amid the dustup over a meat product called lean, finely textured beef.