Last time we delivered to the City, one of our lamb boxes had one bag of pork sausage from us in it by mistake. Our customer read on the label it contained dextrose (sugar if I am right). He was concerned and raised the issue with us and on the web if I am right. Of course this is an issue, our customers buy our meat with the understanding the meat does not have ingridients added to it and that our promise.
First. News to me the butcher puts dextrose in the sausage, but we have no control over what the butcher does and the butcher doesn’t have much control either. Sausage is made according to a recipe and that recipe has to be approved by the USDA.
The butcher has his own recipe for different sausages and buys the premixed ingredients from a company. When we try to talk to the butcher (or who ever is taking care of us at the butcher that day) it is difficult to brake through the attitude: “take it or leave it” but getting better.
Some buthers have better recipes we like, but are just to far away to truck the animals to. In our area we have Larry’s Custom Meats in Hartvick, Steiner packing company Inc in Otego and Eklund in Stamford. That’s it and we have to work with them to get USDA approval on our meat. We will try to get better information on what they put in the sausage and keep you informed. But of course, nothing is added to the regular meat, only the sausage.
This is an article about what is going on in the meat industry in this country: