Here is Trader Joe's response to an email I sent them inquiring about pink slime in their ground beef.
Thanks for the email. We have been receiving lots of inquiries as a result of this information that's circulating. The "pink slime" referred to is ground up beef that has been treated with ammonia hydroxide.
Please be reassured that this is not something that would be permitted in our products--NO pink slime. Our ground beef (and other items with beef) is 100% pure beef with nothing added. We only work with reputable suppliers, many of which are actually generally much smaller in comparison to other markets, just so that we can ensure the quality and integrity of our products. We also have third party audits of our products and vendor facilities to ensure that our standards are met.
At Trader Joe's, food safety is of the utmost importance, and we take seriously the work done to ensure our products are wholesome and safe; after all, we're customers, too - and we would not sell anything we would not eat, drink, or use ourselves.
I hope this helps! Regards, Kerry Customer Relations
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