CONSUMER ALERT: Cargill adds 'textured beef' wording to labels

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- One of the nation's largest meatpackers has added wording to its labels on ground beef packages that indicates whether the meat inside includes a product that's been called "pink slime."

Cargill says all of its U.S.-produced, fresh, 100 percent ground beef products that contain what it calls "finely textured beef" will say so on a label, whether sold in bulk or directly to consumers.

Cargill also says it has developed a website to answer questions about finely textured beef, GroundBeefAnswers.com.

Another company that makes the product, Beef Products Inc. of South Dakota, sued ABC news in September 2012 after the network aired a story that used the phrase "pink slime." The company says ABC's story misled consumers into believing the product is unhealthy and unsafe. The company says it lost business and had to close plants in Texas, Kansas and Iowa.


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