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Bone shards in ground beef from local farm, normal?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 03, 2013 at 8:20 AM

I was chewing on a delicious grass fed organic beef burger from my local farm and almost chipped my front tooth on a bone shard. This is pretty disappointing as I have 22 left which I now have to eat with caution.

In the past I've also had the displeasure of finding shards of plastic in their diced wild venison. -_-

Does any one else have problems with their local supply?

973c21f7bc31c09d12675c1ba45df153

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on February 03, 2013
at 08:26 PM

I actually thought it was normal and just wanted some different opinions. The plastic thing happened last year and I was not as concerned as I should have been. I didn't mean to come across as fretted. Anyway, I sent the farm an email letting them know.

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on February 03, 2013
at 05:09 PM

'Shards' of bone are no safer than 'shards' of plastic. Sure it's understandable that accidents happen, but as a consumer these products are equally unacceptable. Just bring it back and talk to them. I'm sure they wouldn't want you eating it.

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on February 03, 2013
at 01:46 PM

Beef bones are not small like fish or rabbit bones. I don't see any reason why you should have bone shards in your meat. Or {shudder} plastic in your venison. I'd call and complain--for a couple of reasons: First, the farm needs to know that you've gotten low quality product. Second, they need to know that their butcher is giving them a product that could endanger the health of their customers. THEN I'd call and very loudly complain to the butcher. (It's their fault.) It's likely you're not the only one who's had this problem, since it's even happened to you more than once.

There's a difference between seeing, say, bird shot in wild pheasant or something and having shards of what amount to very large bones. That's just sloppy butchering, and should not be acceptable.

(I'd also take my money elsewhere.)

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on February 03, 2013
at 02:34 PM

Take it back to the vendor if you can, or at least notify them about it. Even if you can't get your money back, or an even exchange, others need to be aware of it in case someone swallows a piece of bone and it gets stuck in their throat and causes damage. I'm sure the butcher/company wants to avoid a potential lawsuit.

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on February 03, 2013
at 07:05 PM

Bone in ground meat happens occasionally. It really sounds like you're fretting over a one-of sort of event.

Plastic is not something regularly ground into meat (duh). It's a contamination issue and might just be a one-of event again. If it bothers you so much, take your business else where or just do it yourself.

973c21f7bc31c09d12675c1ba45df153

(145)

on February 03, 2013
at 08:26 PM

I actually thought it was normal and just wanted some different opinions. The plastic thing happened last year and I was not as concerned as I should have been. I didn't mean to come across as fretted. Anyway, I sent the farm an email letting them know.

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on February 03, 2013
at 10:29 AM

I have found bone shards in my beef a couple of time before and in my opinion it is understandable that the butcher might not have noticed the bone pieces while grinding the beef. But shards of plastic are not acceptable. It could cause a lot of damage if you swallowed it. So you should probably let those in charge at the farm know about it.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on February 03, 2013
at 05:09 PM

'Shards' of bone are no safer than 'shards' of plastic. Sure it's understandable that accidents happen, but as a consumer these products are equally unacceptable. Just bring it back and talk to them. I'm sure they wouldn't want you eating it.

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