Orders for lean finely textured beef from local meat manufacturer B-P-I are increasing with the start of the new school year.
The website "Politico" reports that four more states have joined the tri-state area in placing orders with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for school lunch programs.
As of September 3rd, schools in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Texas have put in orders with the USDA.
Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota have continued to order meat from B-P-I in the wake of last year's national media controversy over the ammonia-treated beef that led to several processing plants being closed, hundreds of jobs lost and lawsuits being filed.
The seven states have put in orders to the USDA for about 2 million pounds of lean finely textured beef.
Craig Letch, Director of Food Safety and Quality Assurance with B-P-I, says the USDA has repeatedly affirmed that lean finely textured beef is safe, wholesome, and nutritious 100% lean beef.
The company did not address if sales were increasing or if there were plans to add any personnel in the future at their local facility.