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Labeling Pork in the supermarket

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Labeling Pork in the supermarket

e_bone | May 18, 2013 05:42 AM

I will sound a bit like a crank and I suppose I am but I'm more curious than I am "outraged" here:

My local Hy-Vee grocery store (a fairly large chain) only sells Hormel "always tender" pork products. These products are 10-12% non-meat: injected with a marinade containing water, salt, flavorings, chemicals. They also carry injected beef but do offer natural beef alternatives.

As I'd rather not buy this processed meat I don't shop there for pork. A while back I posted a note on their website suggesting that they carry an alternative to their processed pork and their "butcher" (do you really need to be called a butcher if your job is to re-package pre-processed meat products??) called me the next day (which is really good customer service IMO) and promised that they'd start carrying natural pork as well as the Hormel products. Nice!

I found that over the next few weeks it was hit and miss. Sometimes I'd find the natural pork but most times it was missing. Sadness. I let it go but last night I found that they were repackaging the Hormel products in "plain" packaging.. so it looked like "regular" pork. It was simply labeled "pork sirloin chops". The butcher confirmed it was not natural pork.

It seemed common sense to me that there would be a labeling law that states if you are selling meat that is 10% NOT meat that you must label it as such. I searched a bit on the government sites but couldn't find an answer. Does anyone know for sure if this practice of not labeling additives is legal?

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