The Safe Tables Our Priority website until recently listed BPI as its largest funder, providing more than half the organization's budget. However, the disclosure of BPI's funding recently was removed from the website, with Safe Tables saying the donor now wishes to be anonymous. The relationship was not mentioned at today's news conference.
"No price can be put on my son's head," she said today. "I can't be bought and neither can my organization. We represent the victims."
Also on stage for the news conference was Dr. Elisabeth Hagen, under secretary for food safety at the USDA. Hagen assured the public that the product is safe to eat, but still refused to answer any questions from ABC News after the news conference.
ABC News has been asking the USDA for three weeks for an on-camera interview with any official willing to speak on lean finely textured beef without success.
BPI founder Regina Roth concluded the press conference by inviting the governors to chomp down on BPI-provided burgers complete with the lean finely textured beef they were defending and which the "pink slime" critics want clearly identified on packaging.
"We're going to have some burgers with LFTB in them, so come on in and let's go eat," she said, and that's what the officials did.