A spokesperson for Kroger released a statement regarding the escalating consumer concerns over a meat additive that has become known as “pink slime.”
U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists nicknamed the additive pink slime because they claim it is more gelatin that ground beef and that it is made from low quality scraps once used for dog food and cooking oils.
Kroger spokesperson Melissa Eads told Nashville's News 2 the chain grocery store carries ground beef both with and without the additive.
“For customers who choose to avoid it, we offer a variety of options,” Eads explained.
Those options include:
- Kroger's Private Selection Angus Ground Chuck, Round and Sirloin
- Private Selection All Natural Ground Beef and Private Selection Organic Ground Beef sold in one pound packages, labeled 80% lean and above
- Laura's Lean Ground Beef
- Ground beef prepared in store
“All ground beef you find at your local Kroger is USDA-regulated, inspected and approved for food safety and quality. That includes beef products made with lean finely textured beef,” Eads said.
The USDA announced last week it will disclose to school districts which of its suppliers use pink slime so administrators can decide whether to purchase it.