Congressmen Ask USDA to Set the Record Straight on LFTB

P. Scott Shearer, Vice President

May 4, 2012

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Congressmen Ask USDA to Set the Record Straight on LFTB


Thirty members of Congress are asking USDA to correct the public record and educate consumers about the safety of lean, finely textured beef (LFTB).  In a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, the congressmen wrote, “We have been watching with great concern as this campaign of misinformation has unfolded and have been particularly concerned about the loss of jobs that’s resulted from it.  No company should be forced to close its doors due to a smear campaign by a few overzealous individuals in the media.  LFTB is a safe product and should be promoted as such. We agree with you that consumers should always have the ability to exercise choice in the marketplace.”

The members requested that Secretary Vilsack provide them with the steps USDA plans to take to set the record straight.  The letter was originated by Congressmen Steve King (R-IA) and Leonard Boswell (D-IA).    

About the Author(s)

P. Scott Shearer

Vice President, Bockorny Group, Inc.

Scott Shearer is vice president of the Bockorny Group Inc., a leading bipartisan government affairs consulting firm in Washington, D.C. With more than 30 years experience in government and corporate relations in state and national arenas, he is recognized as a leader in agricultural trade issues, having served as co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for U.S.-China Trade and co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for Trade Promotion Authority. Scott was instrumental in the passage of China Permanent Normal Trade Relations and TPA. He is past chairman of the USDA-USTR Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Animals and Animal Products and was a member of the USAID Food Security Advisory Committee. Prior to joining the Bockorny Group, Scott served as director of national relations for Farmland Industries Inc., as well as USDA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs (1993-96), serving as liaison for the Secretary of Agriculture and the USDA to Congress.

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