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Unsafe Food

10/24/2011 10:22:07 AM

Tags: unsafe food, unclean meat, Cole Ward


Dinner anyone?

In my 45 years as a butcher, I’ve seen horrific things in retail meat markets. I’ve watched managers wash chicken in baking soda and Clorox. That’s right – Clorox.  

The chicken was so obviously spoiled that you could smell it. But they did it anyway, repackaged it and sold it as fresh. A very common practice at one of the big chains I worked at. 

I’ve been in meat departments where the meat saw was cleaned so infrequently that there were maggots in the bottom of the saw that caught the bone fragments.  I’ve seen meat scraps go into barrels literally crawling with maggots. Wonder how often this still happens. 

Choosing a small-scale, local butcher and developing a relationship with him or her is the answer to avoiding these shenanigans. If you have questions, ask. A local butcher will be happy to answer.

All to say that - demand to know!   

It's your health. 

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Michael Brunetrti
10/29/2011 12:07:59 AM
I also worked over 40 years as a butcher/meat manager as well. The most unsanitary conditions I have seen are in the small mom and pop shops. I now work in one of those "big box wholesale clubs and they are super strick in there sanitation practices. Corperate and regeional auditors can visit at any time and if one speck of meat is found on any machine from the day before that machine fails the audit. There is way to much liability at stake in a multi billion dollar corperation to allow any thing close to what Mr. ward describs. To bad we sell mostly "factory farm" meats. I raise some of my own livestock not becuse of unclean butcher shops but becuse grass fed and free range tastes better and is better for you.

Vernon Wells
10/27/2011 12:34:07 AM
If it smells the place is nasty leave and never return. I've been to and in many butcher shops all have and odor but any that smell nasty (usually rotting meat) are places I never return to.

10/25/2011 2:35:00 PM
This article makes me wanna throw out all the meat in my Freezer...It's not like you can walk into the Butcher shop and ask to inspect it for maggots??..after reading this , I don't think I can look at meat the same again without gagging..there must be other tall tell signs of filth other than mear visual or having the luxury of work behind the scenes..My Husband and I once walked into a meat market and just the smell of it made me gag...we left and went elsewheres!!...wouldn't that be another sign of uncleanliness?...I've been wanting to raise my own livestock..this article makes me want too , Even more!!

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