Pink Slime

Kroger Among Grocery Chains to Drop Pink Slime

kroger_attPhoto via flickr user belbooThe avalanche of pink slime removal at various grocery store chains continues to fall. After Safeway announced it would no longer sell the ammoniated beef trimmings, ABC News reported that SUPERVALU (which operates many smaller chains including Albertsons, Jewel-Osco, and Shop 'n Save) and Food Lion did the same, followed by Giant Food, Stop & Shop and Kroger (the nation's largest traditional grocer).

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Safeway Pulls 'Pink Slime', Whistleblower Vindicated Years After BPI Retaliation

safeway_attPhoto via wikimedia user coolcaesarToday, ABC News reports that Safeway – the nation's second largest supermarket chain with 1400 stores – will no longer sell ammoniated beef trimmings known as 'pink slime' due to "considerable consumer concern."

The announcement comes amidst non-stop news coverage of pink slime as school districts and retailers answer questions regarding its presence in their ground beef products. The slime, made by Beef Products, Inc. (BPI), is used as a filler ingredient for other ground beef.

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'Pink Slime' School Choice Shows Importance of Food Industry Whistleblowers

Episode Shows Power of Whistleblower Concerns & Need for Meat Industry Whistleblower Protections

The recent media firestorm surrounding "pink slime" – ammoniated beef trimmings produced by Beef Products, Inc. (BPI) – has made the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) think twice about serving the controversial product to America's schoolchildren. Media reports state that the USDA will announce today it is giving schools a choice of ground beef purchases – including one choice for districts to not have this controversial food filler that many food advocates say shouldn't qualify as "beef."

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Pink Slime Controversy Shows Need for Meat Industry Whistleblower Protections

ground_beef_attPhoto via flickr user danieljordahlMedia coverage and public concerns regarding "pink slime" – ammoniated beef trimmings produced by Beef Products, Inc. (BPI) – have not let up since last week's announcement that the USDA plans to purchase seven million pounds of BPI's questionable product for the national school lunch program.

In one week's time, a Change.org petition calling on the USDA to stop using pink slime in school food has reached more than 200,000 signatures.

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'Pink Slime' Whistleblower Kit Foshee Interviewed on Network TV

kit_fosheeKit FosheeGAP client and whistleblower Kit Foshee was interviewed on ABC World News With Diane Sawyer yesterday to discuss concerns regarding ammoniated beef trimmings – popularly described as 'pink slime' – that are a key ingredient in hundreds of beef products sold to U.S. and international consumers.

From ABC:

“It kind of looks like play dough,” said Kit Foshee, who was a corporate quality assurance manager at Beef Products Inc., the company that makes pink slime. “It’s pink and frozen, it’s not what the typical person would consider meat.”  

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What's on the School Lunch Menu? Ammoniated Beef!

lunch_students_attPhoto via flickr user woodleywonderworksEarlier this year, FIC celebrated the fact that major fast food chains pulled BPI's ammoniated beef trimmings from their menus, vindicating the actions of GAP client and whistleblower Kit Foshee. However, news has come that the USDA is still planning to purchase the controversial product for school lunches, according to The Daily.

Last year, 6.5 percent of the beef USDA purchased for the national school lunch program came from BPI. The partnership looks to continue in the coming months, as the agency aims to purchase 7 million pounds of the company's ammoniated beef for schools.

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Ammoniated Beef Whistleblower Vindicated by Fast-Food Industry's Move

Decision by McDonald's, Burger King & Taco Bell May Prompt Others to Follow Suit
Whistleblower Questioned Practices by Beef Products, Inc. Years Ago

In the waning days of 2011, fast-food giants McDonald's, Burger King, and Taco Bell announced they will no longer use a controversial beef product produced by food behemoth Beef Products Inc. (BPI). At one time, the ammoniated beef product – beef trimmings known in the industry as 'pink slime' – could be found in approximately 80 percent of the hamburgers consumed in the United States, including those served at fast-food restaurants and through the national school lunch program. While some media outlets raised public awareness regarding potential dangers associated with the product, the Government Accountability Project (GAP) also recognizes the role of the BPI whistleblower who reported the company's practices.

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