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Ground beef label explanation?

Frosty Melon Jul 17, 2013 03:08 PM

What does it mean when the label says the product inside is from three different countries (actually, continents)?

 
  1. drongo Jul 17, 2013 04:21 PM

    USDA has a new regulation requiring "Country of Origin" labelling -- e.g. see http://abcnews.go.com/Business/meat-i...

    As explained in the article at the link above, if an animal is, for example, born in Uruguay, raised in Mexico, finished in USA they would have to label with all three countries.

    I think it's another regulation that will increase consumer cost without adding anything useful. There must be some kind of Law of Conservation of Bureaucracy -- and as the Soviet Union was dismantled, the US government has imposed more and more red tape.

    OTOH, in the specific example in the original post, I suspect the vendor gets meat from these three countries... and rather than incur the cost of labeling each package with its specific source country, they're listing all three countries on the label -- with the idea that if a consumer has a problem with any of the three then he/she is welcome to go buy meat elsewhere (and that loss will cost the vendor less than trying to adjust labels for each country of origin).

    1. monavano Jul 17, 2013 03:26 PM

      Could be from all 3 places, or 2 or 1. Sounds like a freakin' McDonald's hamburger.

      6 Replies
      1. re: monavano
        Frosty Melon Jul 17, 2013 03:41 PM

        They're from Trader Joe's.

        1. re: Frosty Melon
          linguafood Jul 17, 2013 03:50 PM

          Note to self: Don't buy ground beef at TJ's.

          1. re: linguafood
            monavano Jul 17, 2013 03:51 PM

            Further note to self: buy ground beef from farmers market.

            1. re: monavano
              linguafood Jul 17, 2013 03:52 PM

              Eh. I've had some pretty shitty ground beef from a farmers market before.

            2. re: linguafood
              paulj Jul 17, 2013 04:26 PM

              I've bought that meat without complaint or problem The source(s) does not bother me.

              1. re: paulj
                linguafood Jul 18, 2013 08:01 AM

                Good for you!

        2. letsindulge Jul 17, 2013 03:19 PM

          From one of the 3 places of provenance.

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