The survey arose after last year's intense media coverage of South Dakota-based Beef Products, which makes a similar product called "lean finely textured beef," or LFTB. BPI relies on a different technology than Cargill and uses ammonium hydroxide, rather than citric acid, as a processing agent to kill potential pathogens.
Cargill was able to escape some of the social-media fury over "pink slime" because it uses citric acid, which the public generally perceived at the time as more palatable than the ammonium hydroxide used by BPI.
In the wake of the media coverage and subsequent public outcry over BPI's product in the spring and early summer of 2012, BPI's business plummeted. The company shuttered three plants and laid off hundreds of employees.
Over that period, Cargill said it saw demand for its "finely textured beef" drop by 80 percent. Though that business is slowly recovering, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture does not require such labeling, Cargill said consumers had made clear they wanted to know when such products were included in their ground beef.
"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," said John Keating, president of Cargill Beef, in a statement.
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Cargill's new packaging will state that a product "contains Finely Textured Beef" on boxes of ground beef that retailers repackage for sale to the public, company officials said.
By next year's grilling season, Cargill plans to have the same language printed on its branded packages of ground beef that are sold directly to consumers.
These days, ground-beef manufacturers have the option to alter their packaging to disclose the presence of such products, a change that the Agriculture Department approved after the ABC News broadcasts on BPI began in the spring of 2012.
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Previously, neither BPI's LFTB nor Cargill's FTB were listed as ingredients or otherwise marked on ground-beef packaging because federal regulators said the products were beef.
Cargill and BPI said last year they both supported the rule change, in part to help restore consumer confidence in such products.
Some of BPI's customers—including Hy-Vee, the Midwestern grocery retailer headquartered in Iowa— lready disclose the product's use on their ground beef packages.