As a result of the national outcry against "lean finely textured beef," Safeway, America’s second largest supermarket chain, has announced that it will no longer sell what the public has come to call “pink slime,” ABC News reports.
Although the supermarket chain believes the beef filler is safe (albeit slightly unappetizing), it has decided to pull the product after receiving “considerable consumer concern.”
“Safeway is committed to providing our customers with the highest-quality products,” the company said in a statement. “While the USDA and food industry experts agree that lean finely textured beef is safe and wholesome, recent news stories have caused considerable consumer concern about this product. Safeway will no longer purchase ground beef containing lean finely textured beef.”
Producers of the "pink slime," as well as the USDA, claim the beef filler is not an additive and is safe for consumption. But that hasn't stopped critics, including former USDA scientists, from claiming the ammonia treated “slime” is an unacceptable alternative to the more nutritious pure ground beef.
“It’s not fresh ground beef. It’s a cheap substitute being added in,” microbiologist Gerald Zirnstein said, according to ABC.
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"Seventy percent of all store bought ground beef contained 'pink slime,'" according to ABC. However, since news of the widespread consumption of "pink slime" broke, many grocery stores have assured their customer their meat counters are 100 percent "slime" free.
"Safeway has 1400 stores coast to coast, second only to Kroger. The chain now joins Publix, HEB, Whole Foods and Costco promising their ground beef is additive free," ABC reports.