The Associated Press is reporting today that three national grocers will no longer buy ground beef that contains Lean Beef Trimmings, or pink slime. This follows a firestorm that broke this month when it was reported that the USDA would buy pink slime to serve in the school lunch program. The Agency reversed its decision after public outcry saying it would let schools decide whether they wanted to buy pink slime ground beef. Amid this news ABC News reported that 70% of ground beef in grocery stores contained the filler. Now, like the USDA, grocers are giving consumers a choice.
Supervalu Inc. — which operates owns stores under the Acme, Albertsons, Cub Foods, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher’s, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Shaw’s/Star Market, Shop ‘n Save and Shoppers Food & Pharmacy banners — decided to stop carrying products that contained pink slime due to “customer concern.”
The Food Lion chain, owned by the Belgian Delhaize Group, also announced its plans to stop carrying fresh ground beef with either of two similar fillers. Both are made with beef trimmings left over from other cuts. Spokeswoman Christy Phillips-Brown emailed a statement to the Associated Press saying that the company is working with suppliers to make the change — and that the company guarantees the “80 percent lean ground beef” it already sells doesn’t contain the fillers.
Food Lion also operates Bloom, Harveys and Reid’s stores.
Safeway Inc., which operates the Genuardi’s and Dominicks chains, as well as Safeway stores, said also has announced it will stop selling fresh or frozen ground beef with the filler.
To learn more about the health and safety of pink slime read Food Court’s first article on the filler.
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