(GARDEN CITY, Kan.) — Eugene Martinez is one of more than 230 employees who won't have a job come May 25.
"I was hoping to retire there. Nine more years before I reached retirement age,” Martinez said.
Beef Products Incorporated is closing three of its processing plants. One of them is in Finney County, just outside Garden City.
"All we heard was misinformation and lies. It brought down a great company,” Martinez said.
In a statement, BPI blames "unfounded and misguided attacks" on its product called "lean, finely textured beef." The product has been added into ground beef during processing for years and it’s USDA-approved. The controversy started earlier this year when critics referred to the product as"pink slime" because of the way it's made.
"It's just going to take some time to rebuild the consumer's confidence and public trust in this product,” Todd Domer with the Kansas Livestock Association said.