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Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, center, followed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and South Dakota Lt. Gov. Matt Michels, walk past a conveyor carrying the cuts of beef destined to become the beef product known as pink slime or lean finely textured beef, during a tour Thursday, March 29, 2012, of the Beef Products Inc.'s plant in South Sioux City, Neb., where the beef product is made. The governors of Iowa, Texas and Kansas and lieutenant governors of Nebraska and South Dakota toured the plant to show their support for the company and the several thousand jobs it creates in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.

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Govs tour Neb. beef plant to see ’pink slime’

Governors of three states got up close with “pink slime” Thursday, touching and examining treated beef at a plant and eating hamburgers made with it in a bid to persuade grossed-out consumers and grocery stores the product is safe to consume.

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