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Trump Nominates “Pink Slime” Advocate for Top Food Safety Role

FIC Staff | November 27, 2018

Donald Trump nominates so many unqualified people for positions within his administration that it’s almost laughable. Trump’s picks leave much to be desired – especially where science is concerned! Compared to the others, Dr. Mindy Brashears appears to have the requisite expertise to serve as USDA’s Undersecretary for Food Safety. But look deeper, and you’ll discover that Dr. Brashears was actually the pro-industry champion of so-called “pink slime.”

When FIC client Kit Foshee bravely blew the whistle about pink slime, he launched a consumer revolt against an unsavory product. Restaurant chains, and even the school lunch program rapidly decided to stop using it. Dr. Brashears, on the other hand? She was the industry expert who defended the product. Dr. Brashears has shown she’s a friend of the meat industry, and FIC has good reason to believe she will put corporate concerns ahead of food integrity and transparency.

If Dr. Brashears takes the meat industry’s side on pink slime, what will she say about dangerous line speeds in meat plants that leave feces on chicken and pork? What other proposals does she think are perfectly fine—and what else does she think you don’t need to know about?

Dr. Brashears’ Senate confirmation hearing is Wednesday, November 28, so call today! Tell your Senators to oppose this nomination. Check out the list below to find out if your Senator is on the Agriculture Committee, which makes your call even more important!

  • Arkansas: John Boozman (R) , (202) 224-4843
  • Colorado: MichaelBennet (D) , (202) 224-5852
  • Georgia: David Perdue (R), (202) 224-3521
  • Indiana: Joe Donnelly (D), (202) 224-4814
  • Iowa: Joni Ernst (R), (202) 224-3254
  • Iowa: Chuck Grassley (R), (202) 224-3744
  • Kansas: Pat Roberts (R), (202) 224-4774
  • Kentucky: Mitch McConnell (R), (202) 224-2541
  • Michigan: Debbie Stabenow (D), (202) 224-4822
  • Minnesota: Amy Klobuchar (D), (202) 224-3244
  • Minnesota: Tina Smith (D), (202) 224-5641
  • Mississippi: Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R), (202) 224-5054
  • Montana: Steve Daines (R), (202) 224-2651
  • Nebraska: Deb Fischer (R), (202) 224-6551
  • New York: Kirsten Gillibrand (D), (202) 224-445
  • North Dakota: Heidi Heitkamp (D) , (202) 224-2043
  • North Dakota: John Hoeven (R), (202) 224-2551
  • Ohio: Sherrod Brown (D), (202) 224-2315
  • Pennsylvania: Robert Casey (D), (202) 224-6324
  • South Dakota: Sen. John Thune (R), (202) 224-2321
  • Vermont: Patrick Leahy (D), (202) 224-4242