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Supermarkets swear off 'pink slime' beef


NEW YORK (AP) - Supermarket chain Stop & Shop is joining the growing list of store chains that say they will no longer sell beef with the filler known as "pink slime."

Federal regulators say the filler, known in the industry as "lean, finely textured beef," meets food safety standards. But critics say the product could be unsafe and is an unappetizing example of industrialized food production.

Stop & Shop says it will no longer buy fresh ground beef containing the additive because of customer concerns.

Stop & Shop is a unit of Dutch supermarkets owner Royal Ahold NV and operates 400 stores in the Northeast U.S.

Other grocery store chains that have said they don't sell beef with the additive or will stop include: Target, Whole Foods, Supervalu, Food Lion, Safeway and Costco.

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