A ribeye (Linda Davidson/THE WASHINGTON POST)

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and other industry groups were outraged..

Sen. Jerry Moran (R- Kan.) took to the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon to protest the newsletter.

The Agriculture Department’s mission was “to promote agriculture, to help those who . . . produce food, fiber, and fuel for this country and the world.,” he said. “Yet our own Department of Agriculture is encouraging people not to eat meat.”

A department official promptly sent an e-mail to Senate staff :

“I wanted to be sure you had the following statement regarding the claims that USDA is promoting ‘Meatless Mondays,’ she wrote..

 “USDA does not endorse Meatless Monday. The statement found on the USDA website was posted without proper clearance and it has been removed.”

 Former Redskins cornerback Darrell Green, in his prime, couldn’t backpeddle faster.