ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Add New York-based Wegmans to the list of grocers that will stop selling ground beef that includes the ammonia-treated filler known as “pink slime.”

Wegmans Food Markets Chief Executive Danny Wegman says Friday that the store is responding to customer concerns caused by “sensationalism” over the product — which is more appetizingly called “lean finely textured ground beef.”

Rochester-based Wegmans says it’s not removing supplies of ground beef from its 79 stores, but will transition as beef without the additive becomes available from the supplier. He says the timeline’s being determined.

Federal regulators say “pink slime” meets food safety standards. But recent media attention has led grocers like Kroger, Stop & Shop and Food Lion to drop it.

Wegmans also has stores in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (4)
  1. If cows were fed grass like they are supposed to, were treated with respect like they deserve, weren’t shot up with hormones and antibiotics since birth, I highly doubt E Coli would even be an issue. Instead they are fed GMO corn which they can’t digest, sit in feces for weeks, have very high levels of stress which causes sickness and death. And what do we get, PINK SLIME as food from beef that can only be cleansed by adding nasty chemicals like ammonium hydroxide. I’m sorry but the fact that the USDA has to do this is a telling sign that we have gone down the wrong path with regards to farming and producing food for our children. read about Pink slim in beef and chicken here:

  2. tonybaloney says:

    Wegman’s & others should all be prosecuted for hiding the fact “Pink slime” is a worthless non nutriitional element in food / meats. Just another example of trying to get over on the consumer paying public. Lying bunch of pricks.

  3. The Grump says:

    “Wegmans says it’s not removing supplies of ground beef from its 79 stores, but will transition as beef without the additive becomes available from the supplier”.

    It’s supplier ??? I thought such a hoity-toity “gourmet” food store would grind their own beef ? Now we find out that Wegman’s is no better than (ugh) Food Lion. That would explain why hamburgers I made from their hamburger tasted “strange”, and didn’t have same right texture as normal ground beef. And to think I ate that stuff [runs to bathroon to throw up].

    I hope that the pink slime company, Beef Products Inc of South Dakota, goes out of business as soon as possible, and the CEO’s of the companies who passed pink slime to consumers as “ground beef” are charged with false labeling, and have to pay their defrauded customers a million dollars each to settle the case. At least impose a horrible enough penalty to put McDonalds out of business for good. That would set an wonderful consumer protection example for other money-hungry CEO’s out there.

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