Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds sent a letter to all school superintendents in the state this afternoon asking them to continue using lean, finely textured beef products in school meals, an effort to counter the concerns raised about the safety of the product.
The letter was prompted by the USDA's action allowing schools to choose whether they will continue serving the products to school children. Branstad and Reynolds are also encouraging supermarkets and restaurants to continue to offer the product. Hy-Vee initially decided to pull the product a week ago but has since changed course.
The letter to the Iowa school superintendents penned by the governor and lieutenant governor can be read here.
The Newton Independent is attempting to determine from Newton school officials about their plans for the product's use.