Thursday, March 22, 2012



Federal regulators say the filler, known in the industry as "lean, finely textured beef," meets food safety standards. But critics say the product could be unsafe and is an unappetizing example of industrialized food production.
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 — said Wednesday that customer concern prompted it to stop carrying products containing the filler.
The Food Lion chain, owned by the Belgian Delhaize Group, also said Wednesday that it 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 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 Wednesday that it also has announced it will stop selling fresh or frozen ground beef with the filler.
Public outcry over "pink slime" has grown sharply as images, media reports and online petitions about it have spread.
The low-cost additive, which has been used for years, is made from fatty bits of leftover meat that are heated, spun to remove the fat, compressed into blocks and exposed to ammonia to kill bacteria. Producers often mix the filler into fattier meat to produce an overall leaner product and reduce their costs.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this month that, beginning in the fall, the National School Lunch Program will let school districts decide whether to buy ground beef that contains the filler. Previously, it was difficult for schools to know whether beef they bought from the feds had it or not.
As a result, a number of schools have said they will stop using meat with the controversial filler.
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has spoken out against it, and fast-food chain McDonald's Corp. decided last year to stop putting ammonia-treated meat in its products.
Shares of Supervalu, which is based in Eden Prairie, Minn., fell 7 cents to close at $6.20 Wednesday and rose 3 cents in after-hours trading.

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1 comment:

  1. Ok... so I am not sure how I feel about this stuff.... bottom line is that I think once again companies are being deceitful in what they are selling us. It does say that it is left over meat with the fat spun out.. however they treat it with ammonia... not sure that is too healthy.I understand that companies need to do what they can to save money. We do demand high saleries in this country. Insurance is expensive to provide for employees.. not that I want socialized medicine! Maybe we should just be given the information and choice in what we buy. Buy products that contain fillers.. or buy products tha cost a bit more without the fillers. Leave it up to us. But give us the information about what we are buying and the honest truth about the consequences of using these products... no matter what they are.