Wednesday, March 15, 2017

BAD MEAT ALERT: WESTERN STATES


Did your meat -- one pound, in the tubular, shrink-wrapped package from Walmart (or another store), ultimately from Interstate Meat Distributors of Clackamas, Oregon -- did it have a chewy, fibrous consistency when you cooked it? Mine did... I have the receipt somewhere here, but I definitely saved a portion of the cooked hamburger, as well as the package -- mine was dated Freeze By 03/07/2017, and the lot number under that began with D2... I called them in Oregon, and was put in touch with Ryan, who is sending me an SASE with biological sample bags to return to them. I AM NOT RETURNING THE WHOLE THING -- just a portion of the hamburger, as well as of the package... It will be sour by the time it gets to them, but still...

In the meantime, I thought you should all know...

(Also, I'm double-checking my garbage today, to make sure I have the right package -- pretty sure I do...)

UPDATE: Spoke to Ryan at their office, and he assured me he's sending a package with an SASE and baggies for samples of the hamurger and package... Others of you may of course want to contact your local health departments directly, as well as any consumer advocates (KCRA 3's "Call Kurtis" in Sacramento, for example) you know of...

UPDATE II: I would rather eat lead than say what I'm a little too emotional about. The $20 Buck Fuck abides...

UPDATE III -- MUY IMPORTANTE:  *Sigh*... So I've followed the necessary steps to make a consumer complaint, and I'm linking to the Colusa County Sheriff's Department, as well as the Glenn County Sheriff's Department from this post, just to be on the safe side (am I leery of the latter? Well hell, I lived in San Francisco for years, and law enforcement has been known to have shady elements everywhere... But I digress.) Also, e-mailed KCRA 3's Call Kurtis and the North State's News & Review in Sacramento on Friday. Tim Crews of the Valley Mirror may be next...  As for the meat in question, it looks like they're letting it sell out and they're not re-stocking it at Willows...

UPDATE IV (3/26/2017): In case my initial post and ensuing updates came across as too remote or impersonal.... I used this meat for months (maybe years) without any problem, until the incident prompting my BFD: I made hamburgers for me and my mom, and after serving her I took a bite out of mine and had to spit it out because it was TOO DAMN NASTY FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION, its fibrous texture in my own mouth being the proverbial straw....

UPDATE V (3/28/2017): Item #1: Well, duh, Interstate is a shady, direct, and wholly owned subsidiary of Walmart. Item #2: No doubt Oregon does not allow the sale of Interstate packed meat within its borders (especially after that incident of some poor dude falling into the grinder several years back...) -- unlikely that Washington allows it either; maybe this CA link helps? Item #3: I'm finally sending Ryan Licklider in Clackamas his samples of the meat and the packaging today -- will it go through the USPS system? We'll see...

I KNOW WE'RE DOWNTHREAD AND I DO MY UPDATES ASS-BACKWARDS, BUT YOU PEOPLE DO KNOW THAT SEVERAL YEARS AGO AN EMPLOYEE BECAME ONE WITH THE PRODUCT IN A GRINDER?!? I READ IT ON THE INTERNET AND, I DON'T WORRY WHETHER IT RINGS TRUE, I NOTE THAT I JUST HATE THAT STORY...

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