Wegmans has beef with ‘pink slime’
blog by S.J. Velasquez • March 27, 2012 @ 8:54am
“Pink slime” is a concern for shoppers who don’t want the ammonia-treated meat trimmings on their dinner plates, and Wegmans is responding to that concern.
Wegmans will halt the sale of meats featuring pink slime, listed on food labels as “lean finely textured beef,” even though Wegmans doesn’t use ammonia in the “sliming” process at all.
Wegmans’ beef supplier uses citric acid instead of ammonia to treat meats, Wegmans representative Jo Natale told Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle.
“We are convinced (our ground beef with LFTB) is a wholesome and safe product, but we cannot ignore customer concerns,” she said.
Wegmans, recently dubbed by The Atlantic and Reuters as the “anti-Walmart,” is often recognized for its customer service practices, and employee training and benefits.
Tops Friendly Markets reps have also responded to customer concerns, assuring shoppers that the chain’s meat suppliers didn’t use LFTB in the first place, issuing the following statement:
“Tops Markets does not add Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB) to the fresh ground beef sold in-store and we have been assured by our suppliers that they do not use Lean Finely Textured Beef in the fresh ground beef they supply to Tops.”
The Buffalo News reports that ALDI, too, will no longer carry meat products containing LFTB.
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