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Oct 7, 2008 06:46 PM

Market Basket Meat

I shop at Market Basket often, but I never buy meat there. I'm worried about hormones and disease I guess. I end up driving over to Whole Foods just to buy meat. Does anyone have any opinions on the meat at MB? I want to get over my fear! Thanks!

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  1. I've been eating their meat (beef, lamb, chicken, pork) over 30 years now. It was DeMoulas back then. They stand behind everything. Nothing to worry about. If your trying to avoid hormones, they do have USDA labeled beef available

    1. I don't have more to add, but buying meat at Wholefoods is not a sure thing either. They had to recall ground beef due to E. coli. this summer.

      1. Been buying meat there for several years. Never a problem. I see
        the same brands (for example of lamb) at other markets at higher

        1. Meat basicly comes from the same packing houses, USDA Choice or USDA Select, Angus, is what it is, a grade and that doesn't fluxuate from one store to another. I don't understand why people think that WF or TJ's is any different than the other mega-marts, other than price, then they're higher.

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          1. re: treb

            Prime, Choice, Select, and Good are USDA grades (in descending order). The different grades mostly have to do with the amount of marbling (fat content) and therefore tenderness. They do NOT speak to whether the meat was raised without antibiotics, wholly or partially on grass, etc. Angus is a brand and has nothing to do with the USDA, other than commercial claims that an Angus choice grade steak is better than an ordinary choice grade steak. (Choice, for many years, has been the default supermarket grade for beef.)

            There are differences between (at least some) WF beef and supermarket beef. Whether the differences are worth it to you is a different question. One difference is the use (or not) of antibiotics. Also, some WF beef is entirely or partially grass fed, which makes a noticable difference in flavor and texture. Please note that I am not saying anything negative about MB beef; I am just explaining how WF beef differs from it.

            1. re: PinchOfSalt

              I can justify it if WF is stating 'clearly' that their beef has no antibitics or grass fed. That's worth more to me but, if it's just regular select or choice then IMO, there is no difference.

              1. re: treb

                I believe that WF claims that all of their beef is raised free of antibiotics. You could check the next time you are there, or maybe other hounds know for sure.

                1. re: PinchOfSalt

                  See for chainwide standards, which squares with what I see at my local one.

                  1. re: Aromatherapy

                    Not to beat a dead horse, or cattle....but these standard are only words, and they look nice when you read them but, WF or any other grocery chain has no control over the meatpackers and where they get their meat.
                    This summer WF had to recall ground beef because their meatpacker contracted with another vendor that had been written up numerous times by the UDSA. I don't think either of those vendors cared about WF's standards.

          2. Sounds like your question is more about how people feel re. eating meat labled "no antibiotics and hormones, vegetarian feed" vs. meat not labeled such rather than MB meat vs. WF meat. That is a hot potato topicand you'll get passionate replies on both sides of the question. Try posting that topic on the Not About Food board and sit back and watch the sparks fly.

            I choose to pay the premium for meats that are antibiotic-free/hormone-free/veg. feed brands. I do not feel duped or foolish for doing so and have my reasons. I buy almost all of our meats at WF (and if you want a whole chicken that melts in your mouth, try Wise organice/kosher chickens). MB does carry some limited beef products and chicken breasts/strips that say no antibiotic/no hormones on the packaging. I've bought them in a pinch but like the selections better at WF.

            I've noticed some good sale prices on meats at WF, lately, and stock up when it's a cut I use a lot in my cooking.

            Lastly, I would question whether you have a "fear" or "concern" re. what's in your meat. No judgment, here, I just found your use of language interesting.

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            1. re: three of us

              I agree with the three of us, their bone-in pork roasts are the best. We were buying them every week last winter. And they will always cut you the size you want if they don't have any out. I have no problem with MB in Danvers. My dh had a delicious porthouse steak on the grill last night from MB Danvers that was a mark down. No problems.