New Post Advanced Search

Organic meat

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Gone Off!
13 replies 4.5K views
rogertbrogertb Forumite
319 posts
Part of the Furniture 100 Posts Combo Breaker
✭✭
edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Gone Off!
With a great deal of respect to my local butchers shops, (places I would prefer to buy beef chicken etc) how do I know if the beef, for example, is organic grass fed and 'local' with high welfare standards - they all say it is but one in particular always seems a bit 'dodgy', at least in the supermarket the packaging has the RSPCA label on it but the butchers don't have labels ?
«1

Replies

  • PLRFDPLRFD Forumite
    882 posts
    Ninth Anniversary 500 Posts
    ✭✭✭
    It’s all down to trust if you think one particular butcher is dodgy go elsewhere.
  • A._BadgerA._Badger Forumite
    5.5K posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts
    ✭✭✭✭
    The word 'organic' isn't just scientifically meaningless in the context in which it is used by foodies but, even when applied to meat produced in accordance with the standards of the various schemes, it doesn't mean your food is locally produced. If that is what concerns you, you should ask your butcher where his meat comes from - which actual farm.

    The RSPCA scheme, while better than nothing, has come in for some criticism in the past and, again, tells you nothing about how local the food is.

    If your local butcher is serious about selling high quality meat he will welcome your questions as he wants a discerning customer who appreciates what he is trying to do. If he rebuffs you, you can draw your own conclusions!!
  • MojisolaMojisola Forumite
    33.5K posts
    Part of the Furniture 10,000 Posts Name Dropper
    ✭✭✭✭✭
    rogertb wrote: »
    With a great deal of respect to my local butchers shops, (places I would prefer to buy beef chicken etc) how do I know if the beef, for example, is organic grass fed and 'local' with high welfare standards - they all say it is but one in particular always seems a bit 'dodgy', at least in the supermarket the packaging has the RSPCA label on it but the butchers don't have labels ?

    If the butcher is selling organic meat, the shop will be registered with one of the organic certification schemes and should be displaying their certificate.

    If you have any concrete reasons for thinking the butcher is, say, passing off non-organic meat as organic, you can notify the certification body who will do an unannounced inspection.
  • FarwayFarway Forumite
    8.7K posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Name Dropper Photogenic
    ✭✭✭✭
    A._Badger wrote: »
    If your local butcher is serious about selling high quality meat he will welcome your questions as he wants a discerning customer who appreciates what he is trying to do. If he rebuffs you, you can draw your own conclusions!!
    Agree, I asked local butcher about free range chicken, told there is no demand so he doesn't stock them.

    10/10 for honesty anyway
  • edited 23 August 2019 at 4:22PM
    MansardMansard Forumite
    27 posts
    edited 23 August 2019 at 4:22PM
    The best thing to do is never buy meat from supermarkets. Marks & Spencers would be the only exception to that, but always be prepared to pay more for higher quality meats from your local butchers. It is always worth it, even if you can't especially taste it.

    Anyone who has ever bought meat from Tesco will probably know not to do it again. Their chickens don't taste like chicken at all. They taste like chemicals. Sainsbury's is not much better. Surprisingly, I would prefer ASDA to either of the aforementioned two as their meats actually taste like meat.
  • rogertbrogertb Forumite
    319 posts
    Part of the Furniture 100 Posts Combo Breaker
    ✭✭
    That's what I wondered mojisola ... some kind of accreditation but proving they're cheating is impossible, I'll keep checking these places out and try an dget recommendations .... thanks to all for their responses.
  • Mr_SingletonMr_Singleton Forumite
    1.9K posts
    ✭✭✭
    Mansard wrote: »
    The best thing to do is never buy meat from supermarkets. Marks & Spencers would be the only exception to that

    Your sooooo right! Here is some video of Marks & Spencer’s high welfare chicken enjoying all that high welfare that M&S charge through the nose for....
    https://youtu.be/hEhfdXAJa_Y
  • rogertbrogertb Forumite
    319 posts
    Part of the Furniture 100 Posts Combo Breaker
    ✭✭
    Exactly what i was afraid of, sadly greed overrides everything
  • Mr_SingletonMr_Singleton Forumite
    1.9K posts
    ✭✭✭
    rogertb wrote: »
    Exactly what i was afraid of, sadly greed overrides everything

    Nothing to do with greed.... people are knowingly buying these uber cheap chickens BECAUSE they are cheap.
  • rogertbrogertb Forumite
    319 posts
    Part of the Furniture 100 Posts Combo Breaker
    ✭✭
    I meant 'greed' as in not willing to pay a fair price for a bird that's been reared with some thought to animal welfare, when you can buy a chicken for, sometimes, less than £4 the conditions of 'housing' and feeding must be horrific ... the farmers are greedy, the shops are greedy and the public, as you say, go for price.
Sign In or Register to comment.

Quick links

Essential Money | Who & Where are you? | Work & Benefits | Household and travel | Shopping & Freebies | About MSE | The MoneySavers Arms | Covid-19 & Coronavirus Support