SACRAMENTO, CA - America's second largest supermarket chain, Safeway, has announced that it will no longer be selling ground beef that contains the meat filler known as "pink slime."
The filler is comprised of waste trimmings that undergo a process to separate muscle from fat. The mixture is then sprayed with ammonia to kill bacteria, and then added to ground beef as a cheaper filler. It was once used only in cooking oil and dog food. Safeway cited "considerable consumer concern" as the reason for pulling the beef.
"Safeway is committed to providing our customers with the highest-quality products. While the USDA and food industry experts agree that lean finely textured beef is safe and wholesome, recent news stories have caused considerable consumer concern about this product. Safeway will no longer purchase ground beef containing lean finely textured beef," the company said in a statement.
Safeway has 1400 stores in the U.S., second only to Kroger. The chain now joins Publix, HEB, Whole Foods and Costco promising their ground beef is additive free.
A recent ABC News investigation found that 70 percent of ground beef sold in the U.S. contains "pink slime." The trimmings are approved by the USDA and do not have to be on the listed label.