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AFA Foods closes Ashville ground beef processing plant

September 19, 2012
By Dennis Phillips ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

ASHVILLE - AFA Foods has closed its Ashville ground beef processing plant.

Don Butler, plant manager, said the plant's last day of production was Wednesday, Sept. 12. He said the business employs just under 100, all of whom were laid off.

AFA Foods filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in April following its connection to the "pink slime" controversy. Pink slime refers to mechanically separated and disinfected beef products. In the meat processing industry, pink slime is called lean finely textured beef and boneless lean beef trimmings. Butler said during the bankruptcy process, the Ashville plant's equipment was liquidated by another company.

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