Two supermarket chains are joining the growing list of store chains that will no longer sell beef if it includes what's been called "pink slime."
Federal regulators say the filler, treated with ammonia, meets food safety standards. It's known in the industry as "lean, finely textured beef." But critics say it could be unsafe, and that it's an unappetizing example of industrialized food production.
Kroger, the nation's largest traditional grocer with nearly 2,500 supermarkets, had said yesterday that it would sell beef with and without the additive. But now the company says it will stop carrying the beef altogether.
The low-cost ingredient is made from fatty bits of meat left over from other cuts. Last week, the Agriculture Department said that starting next fall, schools involved in the national school lunch program will have the option of avoiding the product.