The company at the center of the “pink slime” debate is announcing more layoffs.
Beef Products Incorporated is eliminating 86 positions at its processing plant in South Sioux City, Nebraska, and at its corporate headquarters in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota.
Last week, BPI announced it was permanently cutting 650 jobs by closing plants in Iowa, Kansas and Texas.
Company spokesman Rich Jochum says those outgoing employees should not have trouble finding other jobs.
“Based on the level of dedication, commitment and the capability of our employees, we’re confident that any number of employers are going to be anxious to make them a part of their team,” Jochum says.
The additional layoffs come in the wake of the controversy over what the company calls, “lean finely textured beef,” or L-F-T-B. It was referred to as “pink slime” by critics.
The company says it’s been tough to rebuild its business following the debate, even though industry and health officials have deemed the product to be safe.