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Iowa Gov. Branstad Attacks 'Shadowy' Bloggers Exposing Pink Slime, Says Asking About Industry Cash Is A 'Smear'

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Pink slime, the ammonia-treated filler substance made with beef scraps, was once reserved for dog food before corrupted regulators changed the rules. Many Americans are demanding that the U.S. Department of Agriculture force food dealers to reveal which products include pink slime. But the beef industry's lobbyists are fighting back, as my colleague Lee Fang explained.

One outspoken advocate for pink slime is Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (D). In an interview with Marketplace this morning, Branstad said there was a "vicious smear campaign" against pink slime run by "shadowy" social media. When asked about the $180,000 in campaign contributions he's gotten from the beef industry over the past couple years, he simply wrote it off as a smear:

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I live in Minnesota. For years, I have known that ... by Ned Lud on Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 at 7:18:27 AM