Some Processors Label Beef Containing 'Pink Slime'

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Some beef processors plan on labeling beef containing the meat product commonly called "pink slime."

The USDA says it has received applications for such labeling for
the first time and plans on granting approval after it checks
labels for accuracy.

The USDA says the labeling is a voluntary initiative by
companies who want to inform consumers.

Some processors who provide the ammonia treated trimmings plan
to identify ground beef containing the product with a label that
says: "Contains Lean Finely Textured Beef" or a similar
statement.

Tyson Foods, which buys it and uses it in some products, says
controversy surrounding the product has increased demand for beef
without it.

A spokesman says more people also have recently expressed
interest in buying ground beef with the product in it.


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