Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today released the following statement after Beef Products, Inc., announced it was permanently closing its Waterloo plant, citing the negative consequences of the media firestorm surrounding lean, finely textured beef:
"My heart goes out to the workers in Waterloo and elsewhere who learned they lost their jobs today," Braley said. "It's a shame that the facts have been lost in the furor over lean, finely textured beef and it's frustrating that the controversy has resulted in significant job losses in Waterloo.
"It's important that the public knows the truth about this product. That's why we're going to keep working to do everything possible to get the truth out there. In the meantime, we're going to do everything we can to help the workers affected by this closure stay on their feet."
Last month, Braley called on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to hold hearings into the false claims made in the media about lean, finely textured beef.