Care2 Success! Goodbye To Pink Slime In Your Local Market

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!

The Kroger Company, the nation’s largest traditional grocer with 2,435 supermarkets in 31 states, also said it will stop buying the beef, reversing itself after saying Wednesday that it would sell beef both with and without the additive.

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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federico bortoletto
federico b5 years ago

Bellissima notizia. Grazie per la condivisione.

Tom C.
Tom C.5 years ago

What we have all been exposed to here is a classic example of media sensationalism aimed at ratings rather than facts. Let's all be good consumers and educate ourselves before we jump on the ban wagon. There are a plenty of credible sources out there we can use to make our own decisions. "A well informed consumer has the tools to, and will, make good decisions".

Robin M.
Robin M5 years ago

Sadly, I read yesterday that we have a former Congresswoman (yes, woman...) to thank for originally pushing approval of "pink slime" from use as a dog food only to use in people food. Also, the lobbying money being spent by the companies that market this junk is HUGE, and has recently increased by a multiple of 3, so, as shown by the recent huge purchase for school lunches, it is far too soon to start cheering over the demise of this stuff.

If we really want to get rid of this non-food additive, we need to keep it in the news or it will simply reappear quietly just when we thought it was gone - no doubt under a new name...

Cate S.
Cate S5 years ago

Thank goodness. Isn't it time we started to eat food - not a cocktail of additives, preservatives &, yucko, pink slime. One small step for mankind - in the USA at least.

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Air Bender
Air Bender5 years ago

One small step to stop obesity, one big leap for making diference

J.L. A.
JL A5 years ago

Great news!

William K.
William K5 years ago


William and Kat D.

Watch what you are buying! Read the labels and if it looks like Playdough and it's Pink and Squooshy! Yuck! Nasty!! It's a wonder that they would sell this stuff! You know they wouldn't Eat it Theirself! But anything to make the money! It's waste meat so instead of throwing it out they transform it color it and sell it to you!! And it you are not "On The Ball" You are Eating It!
Remember Real Meat Markets Would Not do This! So I go to the Real Meat Market. That Nasty Pink Slime Can Sit Right Where They Put It!! Too Bad they may have to Throw It Out Like They Should Have In The First Place!