The nation’s third largest supermarket chain announced Wednesday that it was joining with other major retailers and would stop selling ground beef containing “pink slime,” also known as “lean, finely textured beef.”
Supervalu Inc. announced its decision in an e-mail to reporters. Earlier Wednesday, Safeway Inc., which operates Vons in California and Nevada, announced it was dropping the product.
“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,” Supervalu said in its statement. “All current beef products in our stores meet strict safety and quality standards approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture."
Supervalu operates Acme, Albertsons, Cub Foods, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher’s, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Shaw’s/Star Market, Shop ‘n Save and Shoppers Food & Pharmacy.