Last night I was interviewed for the lead story on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, in which Senior National Correspondent Jim Avila reported that several major grocery chains will discontinue the sale of ground beef containing Lean Beef Trimmings.
The chains include Safeway (the country’s second largest, after Kroger), Food Lion and Supervalu (the third largest, operating Acme, Albertsons, Cub Foods, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher’s, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Shaw’s/Star Market, Shop ‘n Save and Shoppers Food & Pharmacy). Walmart and Sam’s Club stores will begin offering beef without LBT, while Kroger has issued a statement regarding which of its ground beef offerings are free of LBT and will provide this information to its meat departments.
Meanwhile, the other huge headline yesterday is that New York City schools will no longer offer meat with LBT to students, as of next fall. In making this decision, NYC schools follow the lead of Boston, Memphis and Miami-Dade, along with districts which never used LBT or which ceased using it long before our Change.org petition was launched — including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and my own district, Houston.
So if USDA’s response to our petition was less than 100% satisfactory, it’s clear that local grassroots efforts around the country are making up for any deficiencies in the outcome. Parents and other consumers are voicing loud opposition to the unlabeled use of Lean Beef Trimmings in ground beef, and schools and stores around the country are obviously listening and changing their practices.
It’s a truly remarkable outcome, and all the more so when you recall that our petition was launched on The Lunch Tray only sixteen days ago today.