Thursday, March 22, 2012

Albertsons Parent Stops Selling Pink Slime

Posted By on Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 10:24 AM

SUPERVALU, the parent company of Albertsons, joined a growing number of supermarket chains that will no longer sell what the meat industry calls "lean finely textured beef" and what has become more commonly known as "pink slime."

SUPERVALU operates Albertsons, Acme, Cub Foods, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher's, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Shaw's/Star Market, Shop 'n Save and Shoppers Food and Pharmacy and is the nation's third-largest supermarket chain. Walmart and Safeway have also agreed to stop selling pink slime.

A quality assurance manager at Beef Products, Inc. told ABC News that the beef filler "is pink and frozen and not what the typical person would consider meat." The inspector, Kit Foshee, said he was fired from BPI for publicly complaining about the filler. According to ABC, critics said the substance is more like gelatin than meat, and before BPI found a way to disinfect the trimmings with ammonia, it was usually sold to dog food suppliers.

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