‘Pink-Slime’ Beef in Casper: A List Of Local Grocers Who Don’t Use It
Food inspectors have reported that the "filler", known to most in the industry as "lean, finely textured beef" actually does meet safety standards. Still, most consumers worldwide, including Casper residents believe that the whole idea of pink slime is simply too unappetizing and still feels unsafe.
“Safeway is committed to providing our customers with the highest-quality products. While the USDA and food industry experts agree that lean, finely textured beef is safe and wholesome, recent news stories have caused considerable consumer concern about this product. Safeway will no longer purchase ground beef containing lean, finely textured beef.”
“We spend a lot of time listening to customers and adjusting our product assortment to ensure we have the right products at the right prices. Recently some customers have expressed concerns with lean finely textured beef (LFTB) and, while the USDA and experts agree that it is safe and nutritious, Walmart and Sam’s Club will begin offering fresh ground beef that does not contain LFTB. We’re committed to providing our customers with quality products at the right prices.”
“While we recognize that there are no health or safety concerns with lean finely textured beef, we also want to be diligent in continuing to provide the products that our customers want. Over the last two weeks, our customers have made it clear that they would prefer to purchase fresh ground beef that is free of lean finely textured beef.”
(UPDATE 4:42pm: Smith's in Casper also stated that they are steering clear of Pink Slime beef as well.)
Since the days shortly after the report, the term "pink slime" shot to the top of search terms on Google and was the biggest trending topic on Twitter, as well as the Casper Facebook network.