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Park Slope Food Coop Members -ever have trouble with their meat?

vvv03 | Jan 22, 201507:24 PM

We've been members of the Coop for about 8 years. We buy most of our meat there not because the prices are so great, but because I felt comfortable that it was "happy meat". Over the past year or so, on at least 4 occasions, the meat I have purchased smelled so foul I had to throw it away. I usually don't do anything about it as I have no intention of schlepping back raw rancid meat and didn't think they would take me for my word later. But tonight really ticked me off. This afternoon I bought ground pork and when I opened it, it was spoiled. I checked the date, which was not listed, instead it said "Special Sale" on it. I didn't notice that when I bought it since it was right where the ground pork always is with no special sign. My bad, I guess, but "Special Sale" or no, I would never pay $6 for a pound of rotten meat. I called them this time and after a longish hold was told to bring my receipt for a refund, which I will. But my bigger issue is -- what the heck is wrong with their meat? Is it a date issue (with the exception of my Special Sale pork, none of my rotten meat was beyond the expiration date) or a storage issue? I sometime wonder if it's the vacuum packed nature of the meat. It's gross to think about, but it can't be good to sit in that blood like that. Shudder. It's enough to make one a vegetarian. But before I do that, I have two questions -- has anyone else had this problem? And where else can I buy non factory farm meat (grass fed, humanely raised) besides Fleisher's, which I *think* is more $$ than the coop (though I could be wrong?)

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