Safeway, America's second largest supermarket chain, has announced it will no longer sell what the meat industry calls "lean finely textured beef" and the public has come to call "pink slime".
Safeway says in a statement "considerable consumer concern" led to its decision even though the chain believes its beef with the controversial filler in it is safe
"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."
Makers of "lean finely textured beef" and the USDA say that it is not an additive and need not be labeled, and is safe to eat. But critics, including former USDA scientists, contend the ammonia treated "pink slime" - made from low quality scrapsRead More »from Safeway to Stop Selling 'Pink Slime' Textured Beef