The Kroger Co., Stop & Shop Supermarket Co., Hy-Vee, Inc. and BI-LO Holding announced that they will no longer purchase fresh ground beef containing lean finely textured beef (LFTB) even though it meets the US Department of Agriculture safety standards.
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Washington, previously issued a statement on its commitment to health and safety and to the benefits and safety of lean finely textured beef.
The chains' decisions base on customer reactions.
Cincinnati-based Kroger, which has 2,435 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 US states under 24 local banner names, announced its decision last week.
Hy-Vee, Inc., West Des Moines, Iowa, operates 235 retail stores in eight Midwest states.
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co., Quincy, Mass., operates more than 400 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York and New Jersey.
BI-LO Holding operates under the banner names of BI-LO and Winn-Dixie and has 688 grocery stores and 493 in-store pharmacies in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Media reports have used the term "pink slime" in reference to lean finely textured beef. The issue gained media coverage after the USDA on March 15 said it would provide schools in the National School Lunch Program with a choice to order product with or without lean finely textured beef. J. D. Alexander, president of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, issued a statement on March 15 in response to the USDA decision.
Source: The Kroger Co., Stop & Shop Supermarket Co., Hy-Vee, Inc., BI-LO Holding