Albertson’s LLC to Only Sell Fresh Ground Beef that’s Free of Lean Finely Textured Beef

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Boise, ID – Albertson’s LLC is announcing that it will no longer purchase fresh ground beef that contains lean finely textured beef, or what has commonly become known as “pink slime”.

“While we recognize that there are no health or safety concerns with lean finely textured beef, we also want to be diligent in continuing to provide the products that our customers want,” said Bob Butler, executive vice president of operations at Albertsons LLC. “Over the last two weeks, our customers have made it clear that they would prefer to purchase fresh ground beef that is free of lean finely textured beef.”

The company is working closely with suppliers on a timeline to transition its current fresh ground beef supply over to a grind that does not contain lean finely textured beef, and is targeting to have all stores supplied with fresh ground beef that is free of the filler by April 23, 2012.

Albertson’s LLC is working to become the favorite food and drug retailer in every market it serves.  The company is privately owned and operates over 200 stores under the Albertson’s banner in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Texas.