*** IMPORTANT — THIS POST IS ONLY CURRENT AS of 3/15/12 — lots of stores have since changed policies; this is NOT CURRENT. ***
Updated with some of your comments re: other Chicago-area stores.
I previously posted a couple of these disgusting articles on Facebook — but not here, yet. But, I thought as more information becomes available on which stores do this and which stores don’t, you all might want to know. So, you might want to head over to ABC News and read:
- 70 Percent of Ground Beef in Supermarkets contains “Pink Slime.”
- Where You Can Get Pink Slime Free Beef.
Well, I’m now more pleased than ever with my recent Zaycon Foods purchase! <– Update on this some question now on whether theirs is free of this stuff, and I’m waiting on an official response.
Who has it, who doesn’t
- Safeway (Dominick’s): Yes. In response to questions on Facebook, they said: “we offer our customers a choice of 100% USDA-approved ground beef products that do not contain Lean Finely Textured Beef. Both the 80% Lean Market Trim, which is ground fresh on site, and our Natural Ground Beef, which contains no antibiotics, added hormones or artificial ingredients and is minimally processed, are made without Lean Finely Textured Beef. We also sell traditional ground beef, which may include Lean Finely Textured Beef. Our ground beef products undergo rigorous inspections to ensure that they meet the highest standards for quality and food safety in the industry.”
- Jewel: Yes. However, on Facebook they said that pub burgers do not: “Hi Rachel – Thanks for asking! Our pub burgers are externally supplied. However, if you are interested in knowing whether or not they contain finely textured beef, we have been informed by the supplier that they do not contain finely textured beef. We hope this helps answer your question, and hope you have a great day!! Thanks for stopping by!” They also say that anything ground in store does not, but stuff from external suppliers may: “At Jewel-Osco, safety is our top priority and we follow all safety regulations governing our products, including ground beef. There have been no safety concerns regarding the use of finely textured beef as well. We do not add lean finely textured beef to products that are ground at our retail stores, but it is often used by our ground beef suppliers in their grinding operations. These products are approved and deemed safe by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Thanks for shopping at Albertsons and have a good day.”
- Pete’s Market (from Suzanne): “No, we do not put and LFTB in our meat. Lean, Finely textured beef is used as a preservative in packages meats. Considering we cut ground and package all our meats fresh everyday in our store we have no reason to use this product. All that goes into our packaged meats are natural ingratiates for flavor and such. This product might be common in stores that do not have an in house butcher and buy prepackaged meats from a distributor.”
- Sam’s Club/Walmart (from Suzanne): “Walmart is committed to providing our customers with safe and affordable food. We invest a lot of time and attention in making sure we have the best selection of products and that the foods we offer are safe. Walmart only sells …product from suppliers who comply with all government rules and regulations. Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB) is widely used in ground beef products throughout the industry. LFTB is approved by the USDA and considered safe to use and we comply with all USDA standards with all our food. The ground beef we sell does contain LFTB.” Suzanne further comments: “FYI, Sam’s refund policy states that if you are not 100% satisfied they will refund your membership dues.”
- Woodmans (from Sam): “Thank you for the email and your support of Woodman’s. Woodman’s does NOT use “pink slime” or any type of filler in our fresh ground beef, or ground chuck, or ground sirloin. All of our ground beef’s are ground fresh everyday at the store using only quality beef. We grind our beef every morning for that day so customers always get fresh ground beef everyday of the week. This “pink slime” ground beef is what you typically see prepackaged at stores like Wal-Mart or Hy-Vee, where they aren’t grinding beef at their stores. It is produced at large meat plants in huge quantities and packaged in modified atmosphere packaging so it lasts longer, so it can be sent out to a distribution center then to their stores and can stay on the shelf for long periods of time without losing color.”
- Meijer (from Facebook): “There has been a lot of media attention lately on lean finely textured beef (which some media outlets have referred to as “Pink Slime.”) We want our customers to know that most types of fresh ground beef that Meijer sells do not have lean finely textured beef as an ingredient. We encourage customers who wish to avoid lean finely textured beef to ask a Meijer meat department associate for assistance.” Hilary comments: “Meijer both sells prepackaged ground beef and grinds their own. I was told that the ground beef that you buy at the meat counter (that they grind themselves) does not have pink slime. A lot of the stuff in the aisles are prepackaged by an outside company and may contain it. You can kinda tell if it’s been prepackaged if it has a rectangle shape (like it came out of a cookie cutter) vs. a blob. To be safe I would go and buy the ground beef from the meat counter as we have a more definitive answer on that!”
- Piggly Wiggly (from Su): “Hello and thank you for contacting us. We investigated this and concluded that our 85% or leaner ground beef along with our Certified Angus ground beef does not contain “pink slime”…this has been confirmed by our primary supplier. The 80% and 73% ground beef may or may not contain it depending on the packer and the facility it comes from. Going forward, we intend to only procure product that does not contain this. If I can help with any other questions please do not hesitate to contact me.”
Yeah, I know, you start reading any articles about what’s in our food and you may never eat again — but, really: Ew.
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