May 22, 2012

Does Your Store's Ground Beef Contain 'Pink Slime'?

A lot has been written about 'Pink Slime' in the past & I'm sure everyone would be interested to know if your local store is carrying ground beef that contains 'pink slime' or not.

What Is Pink Slime?

“Pink slime” results from grinding together connective tissue and beef scraps normally used to make dog food or for rendering (that would be fat to make lard). The grindings are then treated with ammonia hydroxide, which kills pathogens such as E coli and salmonella. The term 'pink slime' was first coined by microbiologist Gerald Zirnstein in 2002. It is estimated that up to 70% of the nation’s grocery stores’ ground beef contains pink slime.

Thanks to Coupons, Deals and More, here is a list of responses from major grocery stores as to whether or not their ground beef contains 'pink slime'.
  • A&P (Pathmark, Superfresh, Waldbaums, The Food Emporium, Food Basics, USA)
    • Does NOT use pink slime 
  • Ahold (Stop & Shop, Giant, Martin’s, Peapod) 
    • Does NOT use pink slime 
  • Albertsons
    • Supervalu stores “will no longer purchase fresh ground beef products that contain finely textured beef. ” 
  • Aldi’s – 
    • “Over the last week, customers have been telling us that they do not want ground beef made with lean finely textured beef. That’s why ALDI has decided that we no longer will purchase ground beef made with this ingredient.”
  • BJ’s – 
    • Discontinued pink slime use as of 4/7/12 for fresh products & and 4/20/12 for frozen products. 
  • Buehler’s Fresh Foods- 
    • Issued a statement that its Certified Angus Beef contains NO pink slime. 
  • Costco
    • Does NOT use pink slime 
  • Food Lion -
    • Does NOT add lean finely textured beef (LFTB) to the ground beef they produce in stores. 
  • Giant Eagle – 
    • Will no longer use pink slime: “After careful review of feedback from our customers, Giant Eagle has decided that effective immediately, the company will no longer source fresh ground beef” that contains the filler also known as boneless lean beef trim." 
  • Harris Teeter
    • Does NOT use pink slime 
    • "Thank you for your email. Our suppliers do not use pink slime in any of our Harris Teeter brands of ground beef. This includes our Harris Teeter Naturals, Rancher and Angus ground beef.  Sincerely, Melisa at Harris Teeter Customer Relation" 
  • H-E-B – 
    • All our ground beef sold at H-E-B is 100% pure with NO additives. 
  • Hy-Vee  
    • Yes & No:  (as of 3/28/12) If you wish to purchase Hy-Vee ground beef that is not blended with LFTB, they would suggest their 85 Percent Lean Amana Chuck Trim
  • Ingles -
    • Does NOT use pink slime 
  •  Kroger (Ralph’s, Fry’s, King Scoopers, Smith’s, QFC, Gerbes, Baker’s, City Market, Dillons) 
    • Will no longer sell pink slime meat!
  • Meijer – 
    • Will NO longer be carrying pink slime. 
  • Price Chopper – 
    • Does NOT  buy, use or sell any fresh ground beef that has been ammoniated; nor do we employ FLTB or BLBT as fillers for our fresh ground beef.  
  • Publix  
    • "We have NEVER allowed the use of LFTB (pink slime) in our meat. It’s 100 percent ground beef with no LFTB." 
  • Safeway (Carrs, Dominick’s, Genuardi’s, Pak ‘n’ Save, Randall’s, Tom Thumb, Vons, Pavilions)-
    • Will NO longer use pink slime  
  • Sam’s Club 
    • Does use pink slime. 
  • SuperValu (Acme, Alberstons, Cub, Jewel-Osco, Shaw/Star Market, Shop ‘n Save and Shoppers) 
    • "Will no longer purchase fresh ground beef products that contain finely textured beef.” 
  • Target
    • Its ground beef vendors Do NOT use the ammonia treatment during production.
    • "Target places great emphasis on sourcing food and products from industry leaders for safety and quality. Our ground beef vendors do not use an ammonium hydroxide treatment in their production processes. Any additional questions can be directed to vendors." 
  • Tops Markets
    • Does NOT use pink slime. 
  • WalMart
    • On 3/22/12, Wal-Mart said that it will have the new, slime free products in stores asap, and to ask the butcher for help in locating them 
  •  Whole Foods
    • Does NOT use pink slime
  • Winco – 
    • According to the Winco Facebook page , the Winco brand Does NOT have pink slime. However, they have other brands they carry and they do not know if they contain pink slime.  
If you are unsure of your local store, contact their corporate headquarters, or ask on their facebook page. And if all else fails, you could always have the butcher grind a roast for you instead of buying  pre-packaged ground beef.

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