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Nov 10, 2013 06:05 AM

Trader Joe's Beef

My local TJ's sells 85/15 "ground beef" for something like $3.99/lb and then on the next shelf down "Natural ground beef" for something like $4.59/lb and for the life of me I couldn't see a difference. There was nothing on the label of the cheaper beef that would tell me why it *wasn't* "All Natural". It didn't say it was extended, or included a brine, or included a solution, or preservatives.

And no, I wasn't mixing it up with the Organic beef either. Any ideas about the difference between the two packages?

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  1. i believe the tj "natural" line is raised without antibiotics. i'm sure the captain could tell you for sure. (i will try to remember to ask on one of my many visits this week.)

    1. I would be careful right now, Aldi just got into trouble for selling horsemeat as beef, and they own Trader Joes...

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      1. re: Atomic76

        1. Aldi DOES NOT own Trader Joe's. Research it.

        2. The Aldi stores in question for selling horse meat were in FRANCE.

        3. It happened in February, 2013 and has been settled.

        1. re: Cathy

          Thanks for keeping the facts straight Cathy!

          1. re: Cathy

            Sorry you are incorrect. Aldi is Trader Joe's parent company. LOOK IT UP. It didn't just happen in France and just because it has been settled doesn't mean it didn't happen.

            1. re: Andrology

              Look it up again, dear.
              There are two Aldis, run by two different people.

              1. re: Andrology

                1. There's two separate companies: Aldi Nord (the owners of Trader Joes) and Aldi Süd (the owners of Aldi in America). They don't have anything to do with each other despite the similar names.

                2. Aldi's suppliers did indeed label horse meat as 'beef' in France, and misled Aldi. Given the USDA controls here in America, I wouldn't worry about it.