Cargill to label finely textured beef

Cargill announced it will begin labeling products containing finely textured beef beginning before the 2014 grilling season. Finely textured beef is made of scraps from higher-quality cuts that have been treated with citric acid to eliminate bacteria, and is similar to Beef Products, Inc.'s Lean Finely Textured Beef, which is treated with ammonia and was at the center of the so-called 'pink slime' controversy.

“Our research shows that consumers believe ground beef products containing Finely Textured Beef should be clearly labeled,” says a statement from Cargill Beef President John Keating. “We’ve listened to the public, as well as our customers, and that is why today we are declaring our commitment to labeling Finely Textured Beef.”