BEEF PRODUCTS INCORPORATED HAS AGREED TO LABEL THE PERCENTAGE OF THEIR LEAN FINELY TEXTURED BEEF IN GROUND BEEF SOLD IN STORES.
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE SAYS THEY ARE APPROVING REQUESTS FROM COMPANIES LIKE B-P-I TO START THE PRACTICE ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS.
AARON LAVALLEE OF THE U.S.D.A SAYS IT'S A WAY COMPANIES CAN CONTINUE TO PROVIDE A LEAN, SAFE AND NUTRITIOUS PRODUCT TO AN INFORMED CUSTOMER BASE.
B-P-I'S RICH JOCHUM SAYS WHILE GROUND BEEF IS A SINGLE INGREDIENT PRODUCT AND THAT L-T-F-B IS NOT REQUIRED TO BE LISTED SEPARATELY ON ANY LABEL, THE COMPANY BELIEVES THE VOLUNTARY LABELING IS AN IMPORTANT FIRST STEP TO RESTORE CONSUMER CONFIDENCE IN THEIR GROUND BEEF.
JOCHUM SAYS BASED ON THE NUMEROUS TASTE PANEL STUDIES CONDUCTED USING B-P-I'S LEAN BEEF AND STRONG CONSUMER PREFERENCE FOR GROUND BEEF CONTAINING L-T-f-B, THE COMPANY FEELS THIS WILL ALLOW THEIR CUSTOMERS TO PROVIDE MORE OPTIONS TO CONSUMERS AND PAVE THE WAY FOR B-P-I'S LEAN BEEF TO REESTABLISH ITS PLACE IN THE MARKET.
Traffic enforcement cameras would be banned in Iowa under legislation that won approval in the Iowa House last night. The bill passed on a 58 to 42 vote.
Representative Jeremy Taylor of Sioux City -- where traffic camera fines used to run 190-dollars -- is a strong supporter of the ban.
Supporters of the devices, like Representative Mary Wolfe of Clinton, argue they've improved safety on roads where speeders are caught on camera and at intersections where vehicles are caught running red lights.
Others, like Representative Gary Worthan of Storm Lake, warned a culture that accepts traffic cameras would soon accept the use of more invasive "Radio Frequency Identification."
Supporters of the bill say 15 other states and 21 U.S. cities have banned traffic enforcement cameras.
However, the bill is unlikely to be considered in the Iowa Senate.
Senate Democratic Leader Mike Gronstal has often said if you don't want a ticket from one of the red light cameras in his hometown of Council Bluffs, you shouldn't run a red light.