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Revisiting - Costco and the mechanically tenderized steak?

CookingChemicalEngineer | Dec 28, 201909:41 PM     8

Hi, I've read here at Chowhound and in addition seen plenty of verification elsewhere that steaks sold by Costco US are often mechanically tenderized (micro needling).

But I've also seen reports (second hand, never found anything from Costco itself) that Costco said it would label any steaks so tenderized as such.

My FIL in a fit of his usual wonderful generosity just gifted me with ten pounds of Costco NY Strip steaks. These are labeled USDA PRIME, and nothing else (that is, no mention of mechanical tenderizing, or not).

I've spent 20 minutes on The Google and can't figure out yet whether the reports are true that Costco will always label those steaks which have been mechanically tenderized, as such.

Does anyone have any definitive info or sources on this? Can I accept that steaks from Costco which don't mention mechanical tenderization have not been so treated?

I've inspected the meat up close with a magnifying glass (PRESBYOPIA IZZABITCH) and can't see anything. Not that I'm sure one could tell, anyway, on physical inspection?

And my gut tells me, "why would anyone mechanically tenderize PRIME meat?"

But while most of us are really robust, I do have one somewhat more fragile family member at the moment for whom a dose of E. coli O157 would be more than a passing matter. I can of course just serve her steak from my usual source, which certifies no needling. But I'd still like to try to figure this out.

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