The controversy over lean finely textured beef has already had an impact on wholesale beef prices and that's translating to lower prices for Iowa cattle.
Consumer perceptions of beef have also been impacted, and now the U.S. Department of Agriculture agreed to approve ground beef product makers' request to label products that contain the product.
Shane Ellis, Iowa State University Extension Specialist for the Iowa Beef Center, said the controversy surrounding LFTB hasn't helped the beef industry.
"It may not affect the price of your steaks directly, but any time there's any kind of dirt or smear on the industry in general, we're all going to feel it and pay the price," Ellis said.
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