Public Pressure Works: Grocery Retailers Pulling Pink Slime

source: USA Today

Not two weeks have passed since Americans became familiarized with the pink slime found in our ground beef, and major supermarket chains have publicly come out stating they will not be selling pink slime products anymore.

This is a huge win for consumers. Whether you agree that leftover meat scraps treated with ammonia should be used as a filler in ground beef or not, you can’t ignore the controversy. While scientists argue over the efficacy and safety of using these previously unused meat scraps, grocers have realized it will be wiser to listen to their customers than to lose business.

Makes you wonder what else we can achieve if enough of us band together to protest food industry shenanigans. Ideas that immediately come to mind – GMO labeling, artificial colorings, controversial additives such as BHT and TBHQ,  and BPA lining in cans.

For your convenience, here is a list of major grocers that have announced they are not using pink slime, or are phasing it out in the next few weeks:

  • Safeway
  • Kroger
  • Wegmans
  • Publix
  • Costco
  • Albertson’s
  • Whole Foods
  • Stop and Shop
Question remains: will the 800 pound gorilla – Walmart – join the deal?
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  • Frugaldieitian

    Saw this article: 
    slime,” the lean, finely trimmed beef from Beef Products Inc., is the
    subject of public outcry, but food columnist Ari LeVaux argues it is no
    worse than other elements of processed meat. The Department of
    Agriculture inspector who coined the phrase in 2002 did not find pink
    slime dangerous, but rather argued that it was not ground beef and
    should not be labeled as such.

    • Stryder04

      And this is why I do not eat processed meat. Of course the other reason is, my stomach doesn’t care for it at all. I always get cramps from processed meats.

  • Docoforg

    I shop ‘the gorilla’ for dry goods and a few times produce. Afraid to by their meat & their frozen seafood is from China & I won’t buy that.

  • Kias_worth

    Its about time they pull the pink slime!

  • Gini

    great news, hope that they really mean it!!!!!

  • Tom Arr

    What is the difference between this pink slime and beef stock/broth? Both are sourced from the same matter. The ammonia doesn’t stay in the end product. Even if it did, the toxicity of ammonia solutions does not usually cause problems for
    humans and other mammals, as a specific mechanism exists to prevent its
    build-up in the bloodstream. So what is the problem here?

    • Notbroken1

       Really? You have to ask?

      • Tom Arr

         Yes., Also, gelatin, which is a component of dozens of qualified foods, and a food unto itself, comes from the same stuff.

        • EVIL food scientist

          Tom, this is Fooducate.  Technology = bad.  Luddite  “everyone can grown their own kale and turnips in the backyard!” thinking = good.

  • amedragonfly

    wow.  I live near none of those stores.  

  • Karen in Srq


    Where shopping (pink slime free) is a pleasure!

  • Synjewel

    I wonder if Trater joe uses pink slime

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