Supervalu, owner of Cub Foods, to discontinue sale of 'pink slime’ in most storesGrocery giant Supervalu said it will no longer sell "finely textured beef," which critics have dubbed "pink slime."
By: Tom Webb, St. Paul Pioneer Press / MCT
Grocery giant Supervalu said it will no longer sell "finely textured beef," which critics have dubbed "pink slime."
In a statement Wednesday, March 21, Eden Prairie-based Supervalu -- owner of Cub Foods -- said it made the decision based on "customer concerns," not because the product was unsafe.
"While it’s important to remember there are no food safety concerns with products containing finely textured beef, this decision was made due to ongoing customer concerns over these products," said Mike Siemienas, Supervalu spokesman.
"All current beef products in our stores meet strict safety and quality standards approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture."
The controversial product is made from lower-quality beef scraps that have been treated with a germ-killer, such as ammonia.
The meat industry has defended the practice, saying it helps safeguard the public health by curbing the spread of microbes.
The product was developed to fight deadly pathogens including E.coli.
Meanwhile, Minneapolis-based Target Corp. said in a statement Wednesday that its "ground beef vendors do not use an ammonium hydroxide treatment in their production processes."
Critics are unhappy that adding a germ-killer including ammonia isn’t noted on food labels, so consumers had no choice about its use.
Last week, after a flurry of critical media reports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said it will disclose which beef suppliers use the product, so that school districts could decide for themselves whether to buy the product.
Supervalu said that it would stop selling "finely textured beef" in its regional grocery stores, including Cub, Albertsons and Jewel-Osco, although it evidently will continue to sell the product through its extreme discount chain, Save-A-Lot.