AUSTIN, Texas (March 23, 2012). Whole Foods Market does not sell any fresh or frozen meat containing lean finely textured beef (“pink slime”) as the company’s stringent quality standards do not allow for it. The majority of ground beef sold at Whole Foods Market is ground fresh several times daily in store meat departments, using whole muscle meat.

Whole Foods Market’s meat standards require its beef to come from cattle that are raised without antibiotics or added hormones and on a diet free of animal by products. Plus, Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step™ Animal Welfare Rating system tells customers how the animals were raised for the meat they are buying.

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