Safeway Pulls the Plug on "Pink Slime" Textured Beef

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Who wants another slime slider?
​Ah, there's nothing like ammonia-treated meat. Lovingly called "pink slime," it's been the recent subject of celebu-chef Jamie Oliver, fast food, school lunches, and of course, our nightmares.

Apparently consumer pressure on this meat monstrosity -- specifically beef with the controversial filler -- has gotten the better of Safeway, America's second largest supermarket chain behind Kroger. ABC News reports that the supermarket will no longer sell "what the meat industry calls 'lean finely textured beef' and the public has come to call 'pink slime.'"

Of course, the move came with a "but..."

According to ABC News, in a statement from Safeway, the grocery store chain blamed its discontinuation of selling pink slime on recent news stories causing consumer concern, and added that both USDA and food industry experts agree that "lean finely textured beef is safe and wholesome."

Uh, right. 'Cause who doesn't think ammonia-treated meat made from dog food scraps and cooking oil is just as nutritious as pure ground beef -- oh, that's right, former USDA scientists and EVERYONE ELSE.

ABC News goes on to say that Safeway now joins other supermarket chains like Publix, HEB, and Costco in promising that their ground beef is pink-slime free. Plus, the USDA has announced that it will let school districts know which of their suppliers use pink slime so administrators can determine whether to buy it.

Now if someone could just get that image out of our heads.

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bk_inAZ
bk_inAZ

Once they have pacified the public, when will they add it back in and keep beef at the premuim price so nobody notices?  Are they going to list it as an ingredient? They haven't until now, because they claim it's beef.  I think within a year consumers will still be paying a premium for the product they think is pure beef, but has been altered back to having pink slime.

Marcy
Marcy

I think Joe Arpaio will wake up from his afternoon nap and realize he can switch from green bologna to pink slime and get some fresh press.

Ddesertdawg
Ddesertdawg

After eating a big Safeway burger , I wondered what that was in my toilet,now I know.

Kristin Heggli
Kristin Heggli

Glad there is more awareness growing about this stuff, and more companies are deciding to stop carrying products with it!

guest
guest

Well "yay!"for being forced to do the right thing. Now tell us Safeway- how many years were you cutting the burger with the slime and hosing your customers?

Dan Moody
Dan Moody

Let's hope everyone stops carrying it! Poor people be damned. Let them starve! Glad you can afford more expensive beef. Nice of you to impose that on everyone.

DJ Roomba
DJ Roomba

 Way to drive-by strawman the shit out of an innocent post!

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