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How do I detect grassfed cheese among the others at Trader Joe's?

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Created February 24, 2012 at 6:36 PM

A lot of Trader Joe's cheeses are imported, and I assume that some are grassfed regardless of whether or not the label says so because there are different regulations and husbandry practices in other countries. How do I figure this out? Cheese from Switzerland, France, England, etc.? They had a couple of raw milk (as raw as you get in the United States, at least) cheeses from Switzerland that looked intriguing, but there's not much information there.

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on February 28, 2012
at 10:15 PM

Firestorm, this was my difficulty - raw milk cheese imported from Switzerland? 99% sure that's grassfed, but if they would just put it on the darn label - or even on the little signs they have up in the cheese cooler...

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on February 28, 2012
at 10:13 PM

Good points. I'm hoping for better labeling practices on a lot of the stuff I'm 99% sure is grassfed. I'll mention this the next time I'm there.

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on February 28, 2012
at 10:11 PM

Thanks for the link, Robin.

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on February 24, 2012
at 11:45 PM

Can you link to the specific article on cornucopia that you're referencing? Maybe I'm overlooking it, but couldn't find anything on a quick scan of the main page you linked to that covers what you've referenced above-

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on February 24, 2012
at 07:04 PM

Actually, it doesn't always say on the label. Many European cheeses are made traditionally, so they don't feel the need to say "grass-fed, raw milk", because in Europe, everyone knows that that particular type of cheese can only be made with grass-fed, raw milk. I've found that the folk at TJs and WF are very happy to answer questions, though -- so ask. I've also noticed that if I ask often enough, very soon, the information I need is on a label so I don't -have- to ask again.

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on February 24, 2012
at 06:59 PM

Some discussion of this issue here: http://ekwetzel.com/2010/trader-joe%E2%80%99s-raw-milk-and-pastured-cheeses/

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on February 24, 2012
at 06:52 PM

No matter what you MUST ASK FOR IT!!

Why? Because the more the cashier hears "I couldn't find grass fed cheese." the more likely the buyers will look at their merchandise plan. Consumers LEAD good merchandisers, and that is why the cashiers are prompted to ask "Did you find everything you needed?" Not only does that question give them a chance to find you something you may have missed, it also allows them to do direct customer service surveys in a timely manner.

I ALWAYS ask for pastured eggs (not cage free) and pastured milk products at TJ's. If enough people ask, the merchant buyer (who buys for THAT region) will find a way to make it happen.

Afterall, they are being compensated for Turn, GM%, and total sales. Make the merchandising team happy through teaching them how to make YOU happy.

1296f5fecd084f101d7c5fbe013f07eb

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on February 28, 2012
at 10:13 PM

Good points. I'm hoping for better labeling practices on a lot of the stuff I'm 99% sure is grassfed. I'll mention this the next time I'm there.

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on February 24, 2012
at 07:47 PM

Personally- I don't trust Trader Joes for anything. Research the cheese maker and look for that brand. Whole foods and I have plenty of issues with them have fantastic cheeses. And the price is reasonable for the quality and keeps you from eating too much of it. They have a deal with Kerrygold products cheapest anywhere.

http://www.cornucopia.org/ you can view the poor results of TJ

D5a4ff096a452a84a772efa0e6bc626e

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on February 24, 2012
at 11:45 PM

Can you link to the specific article on cornucopia that you're referencing? Maybe I'm overlooking it, but couldn't find anything on a quick scan of the main page you linked to that covers what you've referenced above-

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on February 24, 2012
at 07:07 PM

They have some New Zealand cheeses that are clearly labeled as 100% grass-fed. Other than that, just ask. The manager usually knows.

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on February 24, 2012
at 06:48 PM

It would likely say on the label. I just don't shop at Trader Joes(live in Southern NH). Market Basket in my area stocks Raw VT cheese from pastured cows, and they even have Organic Valley Pastured Raw Chedder as well. The uber expensive co-op down the road has a local farms organic, grass fed cheese/cream/yogurt. All three have something indicating it's pastured, or from grass fed cows. I'd just not buy from Trader Joes if it's that unclear.

Ca1150430b1904659742ce2cad621c7d

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on February 24, 2012
at 07:04 PM

Actually, it doesn't always say on the label. Many European cheeses are made traditionally, so they don't feel the need to say "grass-fed, raw milk", because in Europe, everyone knows that that particular type of cheese can only be made with grass-fed, raw milk. I've found that the folk at TJs and WF are very happy to answer questions, though -- so ask. I've also noticed that if I ask often enough, very soon, the information I need is on a label so I don't -have- to ask again.

1296f5fecd084f101d7c5fbe013f07eb

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on February 28, 2012
at 10:15 PM

Firestorm, this was my difficulty - raw milk cheese imported from Switzerland? 99% sure that's grassfed, but if they would just put it on the darn label - or even on the little signs they have up in the cheese cooler...

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