Last January, I reported that McDonald’s, Burger King and Taco Bell had all announced that they were discontinuing the use pink slime in their beef.
In case you’re not familiar with this lovely term, “pink slime” is used to describe a ground-up combination of beef scraps, cow connective tissues and other beef trimmings that are treated with ammonium hydroxide to kill pathogens like salmonella and E. coli. It’s then blended into meat products like ground beef and hamburger patties. Sounds delicious, right?
But momentum is building to get rid of this atrocious additive.
Just last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that, starting in the fall, schools will have the option of not using pink slime beef in their lunches.
First Fast-Food Joints, Then School Cafeterias, Now Supermarkets
Now comes wonderful news that supermarket chains Kroger Co. and Stop & Shop will join the growing list of store chains that will no longer sell beef that includes pink slime.
Congratulations to Shannan Nelson, who created a Care2 petition demanding that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stop the use of pink slime in the U.S.A., and garnered over 10,000 signatures!
From The Los Angeles Times:
Earlier Thursday, Stop & Shop said that while the U.S. Department of Agriculture has said the product is safe for consumption, it will stop selling the beef due to customer concerns. Stop & Shop is a unit of Dutch supermarkets owner Royal Ahold NV and operates 400 stores in the Northeast U.S.
The chains joined Safeway, Supervalu and Food Lion, among others, who have said they won’t sell beef with the filler.
“Our customers have expressed their concerns that the use of lean finely textured beef — while fully approved by the USDA for safety and quality — is something they do not want in their ground beef,” Kroger said in a statement. “As a result, Kroger will no longer purchase ground beef containing lean finely textured beef.”
Other stores, including Target, Whole Foods, A&P and Costco have said they have never sold beef products with the additive.
And Even More Supermarkets!
On Wednesday, Supervalu Inc. announced that it had stopped carrying beef containing pink slime. The company operates and 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 labels.
And Delhaize America, the U.S. unit of Belgium’s Delhaize Group, also said Wednesday that its Food Lion, Hannaford, Bottom Dollar Food and Sweetbay chains have made similar decisions.
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