Tuesday, April 3, 2012

'Pink slime' company files for bankruptcy amid controversy over the ammonia treated filler

A company that makes ‘pink slime’ products has filed for bankruptcy as the backlash against the controversial beef filler continues.

AFA Foods has announced that it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and selling its assets after the public outcry over the beef substance derailed its efforts to save its already struggling business.

The Pennsylvania-based company processes more than 500 million pounds of ground beef products a year and distribute to retailers including Wal-Mart and Safeways – both supermarkets that no longer sell beef containing ‘pink slime.’

AFA Foods, which also sells products under the brand names Moran's, Stone River Ranch and Miller Quality Meats, provide beef to customers including Burger King, Wendy's and Jack in the Box.

The bankruptcy comes a week after Beef Products Inc, another company which sells ‘pink slime’, announced they were suspending operations at three of four plants where the beef ingredient is made.

Beef Products Inc. have stopped operations at its plants in Texas, Kansas, and Iowa - a move that will affect 650 jobs. Read More