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Branstad pushes for congressional inquiry on LFTB "smear campaign"

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

Governor Branstad says he wants a congressional inquiry about what he calls a "smear campaign" about Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB) that others have negatively called "pink slime."

The fallout over those two words cost jobs at the BPI plant in Waterloo, and also plants in Texas and Kansas.

Branstad says he suggested the inquiry to Congressmen Steve King & Leonard Boswell... and also raised the issue with former Iowa governor and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

He says he'll also write letters to every governor in the country.

"Don't be bullied by this smear campaign. Don't let his misinformation persuade you to do the wrong thing, and hurt the future generation of the country."

He also said, "We have a smear campaign going on against a product that is healthy, that is safe, and that is...frankly, it combats some issues we've had in the past such as E. coli and salmonella."

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