“Ground Beef Recall at Safeway”
“Kroger Ground Beef is Recalled”
“E. Coli Ground Beef Recall Affects M&M Burgers in B.C.”
Yet again, we are hearing of more problems with our food sources! This time E. coli makes it’s way into ground beef and into every news cast for the past few days. If you’ve seen “Fast Food Nation” then you have seen one of the ways that this is possible. It’s sickening…literally!
Just avoiding certain ground beef isn’t going to keep you safe either; M&M (in B.C.) have recalled their burgers too. Just as with other food scandals we’ve been hearing about, this isn’t the first time that M&M has had to pull products. Sometimes that M&M worker is just a bit too chatty… I stopped buying there after the last recall.
So what do you do now? It’s time to explore your alternatives!
Visit an independent butcher (there are many throughout Windsor and Essex County) and have a chat about where your meat is coming from and who prepares it. Along with the personal experience and great service, you will probably realize that the taste is unbeatable. It’s not about the cheapest price per pound anymore, it’s about eating food that’s not going to harm you! When visiting a butcher or farmer you can also inquire about how the animals are raised and whether they are given anything like growth hormones and other things that should not be in what we are feeding our children.
If you really want to feel safe when you feed your family, you should consider purchasing local natural meats. These two reputable locations stand behind their local products and are dedicated to offering hormone- and antibiotic-free meats:
- Sanson Estate Winery (McGregor) offers AAA Ontario grain finished beef! Sanson is home to a herd of purebred Limousin beef cattle raised on an all natural diet without growth promotants, antibiotics, or chemicals of any kind. Stop in for New York strip loin steaks, rib eyes, filet mignon, roasts, burgers and more. The ground beef is 100% beef with no additional water, colour or additives. When you stop in, you can also check out their selection of Berkshire pork that they are now carrying (ribs, chops, sausages, bacon). The pigs are not fed corn or animal byproducts and the use of antibiotics and growth hormones are prohibited.
- Paesano’s Gourmet Market & Cafe (Tecumseh) has always provided top-quality Ontario meats and is now happy to add local naturally raised, hormone- and antibiotic-free beef. Jamie Waldron of Paesano’s writes on his blog, “I’ve personally tasted the rib steaks and was very impressed. It offered a very nice marbling as well as a tenderness and flavor that you just won’t find at the big retailers.” Stop in to get some great beef cuts (rib steaks, prime rib roasts, kabobs, hamburgers), or try some of their other Essex County offerings including “Berkshire pork and Ewe Dell lamb, both local and both hormone and antibiotic free animals.”
Keep unwanted dinner guests at bay by talking to your butcher and finding out just where your meals are coming from. When you buy local you not only support your community, but you are usually able to find out more about what goes into your food.
No commercial is ever going to tout, “E. coli – It’s What’s For Dinner”, but if you are not buying from a small producer, then that might just be what you are serving up.