Gro­cery chains stop sell­ing ground beef made with filler

The Washington Times Daily - - Business - THE ECON­OMY

PORT­LAND | At least three na­tional su­per­mar­ket op­er­a­tors have de­cided to stop buy­ing ground beef that con­tains the filler now known as “pink slime.”

Fed­eral reg­u­la­tors say the filler, known in the in­dus­try as “lean, finely tex­tured beef,” meets food-safety stan­dards. But crit­ics say the prod­uct, which is made with beef trim­mings left over from other cuts, could be un­safe and is an un­ap­pe­tiz­ing ex­am­ple of in­dus­tri­al­ized food pro­duc­tion.

Su­pervalu Inc. — which op­er­ates 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 Safe­way and Food Lion chains made sim­i­lar an­nounce­ments Wed­nes­day.

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