'Pink Slime' Alert: Safeway Will No Longer Sell Meat Filler

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Supermarket chain will stop selling LFTB ground beef

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The number of companies and consumers staying away from the hot-topic "pink slime" keeps growing; supermarket chain Safeway announced today that it would no longer sell lean finely textured beef (LFTB) products in its stores.

The announcement comes after the USDA's decision to let schools choose whether or not to buy the meat filler, and the news that nearly 70 percent of supermarkets carried "pink slime." The ammonia-treated beef filler gave the chain pause to continue using it; according to the Chicago Tribune, Safeway said in a statement, "recent news stories have caused considerable consumer concern about this product."

Safeway's decision is a large win for food activists, as it's the second largest supermarket chain in America. Other stores who claim their beef is "pink slime"-free: Publix, HEB, Whole Foods, and Costco, according to the Daily Mail.

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