In the weeks after the Pink Slime beef story went viral on the Internet, it looks like most Philadelphia grocery stores will drop the product.
In the past week, stores like Walmart, Target, Giant, Acme, Weis and Wegmans, which carried products with lean finely textured beef, announced they were dropping or phasing out their products.
MyFoxPhilly did a survey of sites that are tracking corporate responses to queries about LFTB, and most stores that once carried that product have issued statements that they have dropped it or will drop it as soon as replacements can be ordered.
The main provider of lean finely textured beef, Beef Products Inc., stopped production at three of its four plants on Monday, which accounted for 900,000 pounds of LFTB daily.
Craig Letch, director of food quality and assurance for Beef Products Inc., declined to discuss financial details with the AP but said his business has taken a "substantial" hit since social media exploded with worry over the ammonia-treated of the product.
Local schools will also have the option of not procuring LFTB as soon as this fall.
The ammonia-treated additive became a target of activists using social media sites seeking to have it banned from supermarkets and school lunches.