Hy-Vee Statement on Lean Finely Textured Beef

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, March 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to concerns expressed by our customers, Hy-Vee has decided to discontinue the purchase of ground beef products containing Lean Finely Textured Beef.  Although this ground beef meets all USDA standards for quality and safety, recent news stories have led to a loss of consumer confidence in the product. We have notified our suppliers of this decision and are working to switch our product lines as quickly as possible. We want to thank our customers for sharing their feedback on this issue and assure them Hy-Vee will continue to listen and respond to their concerns, just as our company has been doing for more than 80 years.

Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 235 retail stores in eight Midwestern states. For FY 2011 the company recorded total sales of $7.3 billion, ranking it among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. For more information, visit the company's website at www.hy-vee.com

SOURCE Hy-Vee, Inc.



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