Vons, Albertsons, and Walmart To Stop Selling "Pink Slime" Beef

Not pink slime, but pink and slimy.
Not pink slime, but pink and slimy.
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​What Louis Braindeis once said about sunlight being the best disinfectant can probably apply here. After being "pink"-listed by The Daily as sellers of "pink slime" beef, several supermarket chains have announced that they will stop offering beef that contains the filler previously known as "lean finely textured beef." 

The now infamous substance, which is made by treating the leftover scraps of the butchering process with ammonia hydroxide, has been deemed safe by the USDA and was also slated to be included in school lunch programs until the agency backed off amid public outcry. They said last week that it would allow schools to opt out of using the product.

Now MSNBC is reporting that Safeway, a.k.a. Vons; along with Supervalu, a.k.a. Albertsons; and Walmart, a.k.a. America's number one retailer, all have announced that they will stop selling the stuff, citing "widespread customer concern", as a spokesman for Safeway Inc. put it.

The move by these grocers follow McDonald's who swore off the stuff weeks ago.

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