ROCHESTER, N.Y. ( release ) Wegmans plans to stop selling lean finely textured beef following recent media reports.
The lean beef trimmings known as pink slime are treated with ammonium hydroxide as an anti-microbial in ground beef.
Wegmans' supplier, Cargill Meat Solutions, added lean beef trimmings to ground beef it sent to Wegmans stores. The trimmings were treated with citric acid, not ammonium hydroxide, according to Wegmans spokeswoman Jo Natale.
"We've made a decision to stop selling ground beef that contains Lean Finely Textured Beef," Wegmans CEO Danny Wegman said in a statement. "Having grown up in the meat business, we have always been proud of our ground beef and eat it ourselves. Because of the sensationalism of this issue it has become a concern for our customers. Every decision we make is with our customers in mind. Our commitment remains the same. We will continue to source the best quality ground beef, now without lean finely textured beef."
"Pink slime" and lean finely textured beef are approved by the USDA.
Wegmans is not removing products with lean finely textured beef from its shelves. The company plans to work with Cargill to determine a timeline for when it will phase out lean finely textured beef from its ground beef supplies.