The opening of a HyVee grocery store in Springfield in May prompted the closest thing to hysteria this town has seen in a long time. The aisles were clogged with shoppers craning to see all the store has to offer. I doubt any of them noticed the tiny print running along the edge of tubes of Tyson ground beef: “Contains lean fine textured beef.”
Ring a bell? That’s the product known as pink slime that created such a stir two years ago when consumers learned it was in 70 percent of grocery store ground beef. The USDA did not require it to be listed on the label back then and it still doesn’t. But Hy-Vee was one of the few grocery chains that decided to continue carrying ground beef with lean finely textured beef, or LFTB–with labeling–as well as offering ground beef without it. Most groceries pulled LFTB from their shelves altogether.
In an investigative report on the meat available at groceries in Springfield, I compare the LFTB-laced ground beef from Hy-Vee with ground beef available at other Springfield groceries. Hopefully it will help readers make up their own minds about whether to eat LFTB. Although I became more convinced than ever that I will not eat it, I’ve got to hand it to Hy-Vee for being straight with its customers. In contrast, I received contradictory responses and stonewalling when I inquired about the ground beef at Walmart.
Read the report here: https://skinny.creatavist.com