Grocery chains stop selling ground beef made with filler
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.