Plant shuttered due to 'pink slime' fallout
ASHVILLE, N.Y. — A company that blamed its slide into bankruptcy on the controversy surrounding "pink slime" in ground meats announced it will close a plant in Chautauqua County.
AFA Foods filed a notice with the state Labor Department that said its plant in Ashville would be closed by mid-October, and that 100 people would be affected.
AFA declared bankruptcy in April after a public outcry over the use of of lean, finely-textured ground beef that had been treated with an ammonia solution to kill bacteria.
The product was legal and considered safe by the FDA, but grocery, chains including Rochester-based Wegmans, announced it would stop selling it because of customer concerns.
An AFA representative didn't return a call seeking comment.