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Albertson’s Recalls Ground Beef

Alberstons said Monday that it is voluntarily recalling a number of ground beef products sold at its stores in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, due to risk of E. coli contamination. No illnesses have been reported. The grocery chain, which is owned by Supervalu Inc., said the move follows an expanded recall by XL Foods Inc. for ground beef products imported to the U.S. from Canada. Albertsons is recalling multiple ground beef items sold in all of its stores in Washington and Oregon, as well as three stores in Northern Idaho: Coeur d’Alene, Hayden and Lewiston. No other Albertsons stores are affected by the recall. The raw ground beef products were sold at its full service counters at the customer’s request or sold in packaged form with an Albertsons store label between Sept. 3 and Sept. 21. The products are no longer for sale at any stores/AP. More here. (AP photo)

Question: Where do you buy your ground beef?

‘Pink Slime’ Grinds Consumers

Call it what you want: “Pink slime,” or “Lean finely textured Beef.” Either way, some consumers don't want it used as a filler in their ground beef. Recent news reports have said school districts nationwide are serving pink slime in ground beef to students, McDonald's is no longer using it in its hamburgers, and most grocery stores have it in their ground beef. Of course, panic on the Internet has stirred the masses. The so-called pink slime, or goo, is a widely used mixture of low-grade meat trimmings salvaged during processing and treated with ammonia to kill anything that would make people sick. It has been used since the 1990s, and is approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for human consumption/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (SR file photo for illustrative purposes)

Question: Would you knowingly by ground beef that includes “lean finely textured beef” as filler?

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