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Corn King Ham - what did they do?
Posted by Ellie Mae on 01/06/2011
Corn King, TSD Sales Complaint
Horrible ham - 5 lb. Corn King boneless ham
Posted By: craphead on 8/30/2010

Location: Shrewsbury, PA, PA
Phone: 717-235-6363 Mobile Print Email Link/Share

We bought a 5 lb. Corn King boneless ham at a store in PA. When we cut slices from it the stuff was loaded with some junk, fat, etc. It didn't even look or taste like ham and it was terrible.

We used to buy this ham a few years ago and everyone like it. It looked and taste like ham. God knows what kind of filler they now put into it which looks strange.

This company has cut corners to put profit before people and disregarding our health.

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Just wanted to add to that. I purchased one on December 29 and found the thing riddled with fat particles as I sliced it. I have bought these before and slice deli thin for our sandwiches, but this one is different. I even looked at the label and it says "lean". It was just like washing my hands after handling regular ground beef, very greasy. I don't usually comment on things like this, but I too found myself wanting some answers.

     
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Posted by Alain on 2011-01-06:
A lean ham should definitely be trimmed and not have a lot of fat on it. Doesn't sound very appetizing at all!
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-01-06:
It sounds pretty disgusting.
Posted by Alain on 2011-01-06:
Call Tyson Foods, Inc. (distributors of Corn King) at 1-800-643-3410 and let them know about this or go to http://www.tyson.com and leave them a message.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-01-06:
I think it's an absolute sin manufacturers are allowed to define ham as these 'formed' mounds of pork choppings, water, sugars, preservatives, flavourings and additives. People that's not HAM. It's baloney if you ask me.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-01-06:
I only buy spiral hams, usually Cook's, and always when it's on sale. I've never had a bad one. They are very lean, and I use the bone and the ham that is not spiraled for soup.
Posted by old fart on 2011-01-06:
Lord rothschild: what you're describing is SPAM (which I love)!
Posted by momsey on 2011-01-06:
Gross.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-01-06:
old_fart, that maybe true but I'm also describing Corn King ham.

I'm old school when it comes to ham. I want to see some hoof.
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-01-06:
Boneless ham can be many things, from a small portion of real ham to reformed pork. This sounds like it may be the latter, which personally I avoid. Yes, the bone-in is harder to cut, but the old fart in me prefers the purist version.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-01-06:
Trmn8r, bone-in is always tastier.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-01-06:
Boneless ham maybe many things but corn king is always 'fake' ham. Corn King is the Kia of the ham world.
Posted by MDSasquatch on 2011-01-06:
For Christmas, my wife got a country ham from a local butcher; it still had the bone, fat and skin. Best ham we ever ate and was very simple for her to prepare.
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-01-06:
OK, I'm not familiar with "Corn King" and didn't want to assume. I assumed something once and was burned.
Posted by rockfishing on 2011-01-06:
The day I see a boneless pig is the day I'll buy a boneless ham.
Posted by Starlord on 2011-01-06:
Alton Brown did a segment of his Good Eats show where he revelaed how to read ham labels. Federal law regulates the labelling of ham products. Read what the entire description of the product is, you almost never see 'HAM', most often you see HAM-WATER ADDED or some such. I believe he stated you could find the label list at the FDA website. Good luck.
Posted by old fart on 2011-01-06:
Trmn8r... when you "assume something" you make an ass out of "u" and "me"...true, no?
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-01-06:
As I said, I assumed something once and was burned.
Posted by anonymous on 2012-07-27:
Wife just bought one of these abut three days ago. She is out of town tonight, "unexpectedly" so I cut corners an cut this thing and made a sandwich.

It dribbled water every where. It looks pretty bad as well.
I have a nose that is claimed by others to canine in sensitivity. Well I do not claim this but I smelled the ham before eating it and it stinks of sugar. I know they say how much sugar is added but I don't believe them. I am a very strange person. I really don't care for sugar. In meat I hate it. It is completely disgusting with meat.
I pitched the sandwich out back. I live in the woods so I can do that. It always disappears over night.
It's interesting they disallow us to process our own meat but they put this crap o ut as food!
They add water to meat but if I add water to my honey I go to jail?????
Tyson you suck. There will be no more of your products in this house.
To hell with the law. Can't buy good sausage or much of anything else.
Like I said. I live in the woods. Can't see my house from any road in any direction. I'm making my own meat products from here on out.
Used to do our own pork, beef, goat, Deer, turkey, chicken, turkey you name it. Ate lots of squirrels too.
I have wild hogs. Gona make bacon and ham soon.
Bye now you poor city pukes.
Posted by TennesseeGuy on 2012-12-10:
What an unfortunate purchase. When I cut this puppy open, the cutting board and counter were flooded with greasy fluid. I cut a good sized slice and it actually burned my tongue and made my gums and the roof of my mouth extremely sensitive, as if I had a mouth rash. I don't know what the chemicals are that are added to the "ground ham shank and ham added," but the label says 35% by weight are added ingredients. That is over 1/3 that isn't meat. Someone on this forum said that using this product as seasoning meat is better than eating it. I will not purchase Corn King products again.
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Fatty Bacon
Posted by Kittydo on 02/22/2009
BOVEY, NEW MEXICO -- I opened a 1# package of the above listed bacon and most of it was FAT. I have always purchased this brand but after this morning I am not sure anymore. I weighed the amount of fat I had to cut off and it weighed 10 oz. I had to use the whole package for just the 2 of us and normally I have only had to use 1/2 package.

I think Corn King owes me half the price I had to pay; in the future I will not buy this brand. We are both retired and on a very modest income so we have to watch our pennies.

K. Rutan
     
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Posted by BokiBean on 2009-02-22:
I study bacon like I'm studying for a test. Several brands are almost all fat! The only kind to buy is the kind you can clearly see in the packaging.
Posted by old fart on 2009-02-22:
It seems that the slice you see through the package window is the only one with any real amount of meat...
How do they do that ??
Posted by Ben There on 2009-02-22:
Mmm, the fat is the best part:)
Posted by Ponie on 2009-02-22:
Ben, very good for wilted spinach salad! :) On some brands, you learn by trial and error. The Kroger brand bacon and hot dogs are two items I've given a chance to, but no longer will. The bacon is consistently fatty and the hot dogs tasteless. However, their brand of processed Swiss and American cheese is superior to Kraft. Since the poster has always purchased Corn King bacon, I don't think this one occasion should put her off from doing so again. Maybe this one particular pig was fatter from others they use?
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-22:
You got that right Ben. In fact I thought that was what bacon was suppose to be.

The quality of all meats from bacon to NY strips sold in your local supermarket is declining rapidly. If you want really good bacon and other meats I'd suggest finding a local butcher if you can find one. You'll pay more but you'll get the kind of quality that's become a distant memory and you'll help support your community and a neighbor. Good luck!
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-22:
I was just going to say what Ben said. I cook the bacon, fat and all. If there is too much when I'm eating it.. well, I eat it anyway. LOL IMO that's where the flavor is. The rest of it Crabs has right. Your local butcher will do better in the bacon area and you will help support a local small business.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-22:
Hey John how ya' doin? Perfect weather all week then the day of the Oscars and it goes to crap, go figure...
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-22:
Sounds like the amount of fat I got on my steak when I went to chilli's
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-22:
Hiya Super! I'm doing a lot better! The weather has been a lot better, but I declined my Oscar invitation this year. The red carpet is the wrong shade of red. :) How are you doing?
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-22:
Wally that reminds me... ummm... Ben?? Ruth Chris'??? Steak? I'm waiting!! [tapping foot]
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-22:
Going down to the Crab Cooker in Newport later. Then the Oscars on the boob tube I guess. Easy, nothing to really do day.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-22:
Bacon has no flavor without the fat. That's why it's there to begin with. My favorite is Kunzler's thick cut.

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-22:
Its a mellow day for me too Super. I should log onto the network and get some work done, but I'm not going to. My boss doesn't like me working on the weekend unless we absolutely have to, but I get anxious when I know there is stuff waiting for me. It's going to be a lazy day here.
Posted by Ponie on 2009-02-22:
Thanks very much, shadow. I'll take that into consideration. Allen Brothers has been quite good in the past.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2009-02-22:
I have to agree with Boki...I will go through investigate the entire stock before I make up my mind. That is the reason for the little "windows" in the back, but you can't always judge by that because many companies will "fold" their last piece of bacon or just put the meant parts in that window to fool you. If the package isn't completely clear, I peek in from the FRONT window of the package to see that first piece below it...doing that, I've always been satisfied with what I brought home.
Posted by old fart on 2009-02-22:
John....Quote, "I cook the bacon, fat and all"...
How can you NOT..??? LOL
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2009-02-22:
Old F...I don't always cook my bacon with the fat on...if I feel like I'm supposed to be "good" that day...I just tear off the fat and cook the iddy biddy bit of meat that I am left with...sometimes, I cook it first, then take the fat off...sometimes, when I don't feel like I'm supposed to be "good"...which is most of the time...I cook it and eat it.

Tip: Maple Bacon can really do a number on your Non-Stick pans...stay away from that...unless you put in it an oven on some aluminum foil.
Posted by old fart on 2009-02-22:
My gosh... That means you have a "string" of meat a sixteenth of a inch thick and 6 inches long after you get done frying it...
Seems hardly worth the effort, Huh???
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2009-02-22:
Pretty much, yeah...LOL!
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-22:
...."a "string" of meat a sixteenth of a inch thick and 6 inches long... old f.

LOL!
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2009-02-22:
Siffer...don't encourage him! LOL!
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-22:
Encourage him? I just figured all these folks that were makin bacon had something to work with. Poor guy.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-22:
OF, some people cut the fat off, either before or after cooking. I cook the fat, eat the fat, then I carry it on my behind for a while until my exercising works it off. :)
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-22:
Growing up all the towns woman after cooking the bacon would save the bacon fat in a coffee can. Do people still do that and if so... Why?
Posted by old fart on 2009-02-22:
My mom did and later it turned up as an ingredient in her pies and cakes and baked goods... there was nothing better ...Pie crusts made with lard are fantastic...

The old ladies never refrigerated it either.. the grease bowl always sat out on the shelf..
Posted by BokiBean on 2009-02-22:
Of course I do! I have raccoons that come up on my deck every night for catfood/dogfood and cookies. I sprinkle some of that on their food and they love it.
Posted by BokiBean on 2009-02-22:
My Nanny (aka grandmother) ALWAYS used it in cornbread, and it was the best stuff in the world.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-22:
So true old_fart.. that can just sat on the stove. At the time I thought it to be really gross but then again I had some growing up to do.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-22:
bacon fat drippings also make for some really good fried potatos.
Posted by Starlord on 2009-02-23:
Justbcuz, we have found something better for fried potatoes. Believe it or not, Orville Redenbacher's popping oil and topping. I had my gall bladder removed, so I am sensitive to too much fat, and thewife makes fried potatoes and onions that are divine. When I was a kid on the farm, Aut Kink would make clabbered buttermilk biscuits and she'd wipe them in a skillet of bacon fat before she put them in the baking pan. As Jerry Clower said, them biscuit was edible. I won't pay the high prices for bacon because it is pretty. I like to buy bacon ends and pieces, usually by Farmer John, it is just as delicious as the higher-priced bacon, and when you crumble it on salads or make a sandwich, you can't tell it is the pretty bacon anyway, so why pay more?
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2009-02-23:
I agree Starlord, Sometimes you get more bacon and less fat when you by the bacon ends...but no one around here sells them anymore...not many butcher shops here in the city, but when we lived in the country...we used to get them.
Posted by CrazyRedHead on 2009-02-23:
I've stopped going to the grocery store for bacon since the price for bacon is outrageous. I have been going to the local butcher where it is better quality and isn't as expensive. It is a thick cut bacon and I recommend cooking it in the oven, since frying it in the skillet seems to make it very salty. When I put it in the oven I put it on a rack with someone under it to catch the drippings.
Posted by Ponie on 2009-02-23:
Red, this typo is too good to pass up. 'someone' under it to catch the drippings? No way do I want that job! LOL
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2009-02-23:
I agree with you too Red...I like to use my little oven with the drip pan...it seems to not shrink up the bacon as much as frying.
Posted by CrazyRedHead on 2009-02-25:
Shhhhhhhhhh.....don't say anything.
Posted by prdgrndm on 2010-09-19:
my husband bought some corn king bacon and its terible half of the bacon wasn't even in the package it was empty. why?
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Corn King Pulling A Fast One On Customers...
Posted by Wgarner on 06/21/2011
SPRINGDALE,, ARKANSAS -- On June 19, 2011 I purchase 2 package of Corn King Bacon for $3.89 a pack. To my amaze I had to use both packages of bacon to make two sandwich. In both package it was "FAT" with just a little meat around the edge. I feel that Corn King is ripping the customer off. It is unfair to the public to received product like this and there is no way to contact them to register an complaint nor is there a number on the box to call to make a complaint.

Therefore it makes me wonder what is Corn King up to...
     
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Posted by MJGoldfarb on 2011-06-21:
This is s TYSON FOODS product -

1-800-843-3410

Customer Realtions - 2200 Don Tyson Parkway - Springdale, AR 72762

Seems like we had a similar complaint a few days ago.
Posted by PepperElf on 2011-06-21:
I thought that's what bacon was suppose to be?
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-06-21:
Kevin would definitely agree.
Posted by olie on 2011-06-21:
Most bacon has a large "window" on the front, and a smaller one on the back. My mom taught me to look at both windows, and to compare packages before buying.

Posted by Nohandle on 2011-06-21:
I don't think there is a member among us who has not purchased bacon we were displeased with at one time or another. I carefully check the *see through* panels but have been amazed some of the most expensive brands just fry up to absolutely nothing.

We have several members here who have started buying the boxes that are "ends and pieces" and have been delighted with the results. I honestly am going to give it a try the next time I buy bacon. Who cares what the bacon looks like in a sandwich? Fact is, I don't care what it looks like on the plate as long as it tastes good. I think the price is about a third of other bacon.
Posted by Bill Burns on 2013-04-01:
I saw Corn King Bacon in the meat case this Good Friday and bought some for nostalgic reasons because I sold Corn King bacon in the late 50's and early 60's. It was so pathetic I searched the establishment # to see who had bought the name from Wilson and was now producing it. It was Wilson's second line of bacon then but Tyson has taken it so low it should not be in the meat counter and any retailer who passes this off as bacon has ZERO quality control.
Posted by arbara on 2014-03-14:
Awful.."thick "slice was bits and pieces

pressed into slices...
Posted by Barry devane on 2014-03-23:
We just purchased two packs of the corn king bacon man what a crash landing at the end of the runway please Tyson step up your name is to well known in the meat packing Industry give us more lean and less fat guys
Posted by Carol on 2014-03-27:
I applaud the lower salt content, but you have sliced it so thin it is almost impossible to fry. My husband finds it far too greasy. We have bought Corn King for a long time, but will try another brand to next time. Are you attempting to keep the price down or have you slipped on quality control?
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Bacon With Bones In It ?????? NO contact phone number on package ???
Posted by Banchee1 on 11/04/2009
I can't believe I found very sharp bones in the bacon... And the company has no contact information on package I froze the bone I would like to here from the company

     
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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-04:
Corn King is a product of Tyson. Contact info at this link:

http://www.tyson.com/Corporate/Contact/CustomerService.aspx

Let us know what they say!
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-04:
You can contact Tyson... since Corn King is a brand they are associated with.

Mail: Tyson Foods, Inc.
P.O. Box 2020
Springdale, AR 72764-6999

Telephone: 1-800-643-3410

Consumer Relations CP631
2200 Don Tyson Parkway
Springdale, AR 72762

Or fill out the contact form at:

http://www.tyson.com/Corporate/Contact/CustomerService.aspx
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-04:
Bacon is from a pig, which has bones in it. Do people actually forget they are eating dead animals?
Posted by skelly39 on 2009-11-04:
Um...Lady, just because it comes from an animal with bones doesn't mean it should come with bones in it. Really...that's like saying someone with hair processes the food so you shouldn't be freaked out when you find a foreign hair in it.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-04:
(BA) skelly
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-04:
Skelly, the point is that when you are eating something that has bones, you might get a bone. Pig hair would be acceptable to me, human hair would not since I do not eat humans.

Have you never seen part of feather on a piece of a chicken or hair on a side of country ham? It is a dead animal that has been cut up for you to cook and eat. Even hamburger meat sometimes has ground up bone in it. Or a can of beans with a grasshopper in it. (I have done so). Or even fresh produce with a bug. Just spit it out and go on. Or remove it if you see it first.

Calling to complain is not going to make the slaughter and process anymore unboneable. Personally, I think they do a darn good job getting it as clean as they do.
Posted by skelly39 on 2009-11-04:
I understand your point, Lady. I'm just saying that it's not really acceptable to get a bone in your bacon. I guess I would be a little peeved if I got some extras in my meat. I'm not deluding myself that there aren't all kinds of nasty things in the food I buy, but if I can't see it, it's not there, right? The OP just wanted a number to call. I think he should at least get a refund.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-04:
Skelly, I think it is unreasonable to get upset over a bone or animal hair being on a dead animal you are going to eat. But we all have our own opinions.

I don't agree a refund is in order. When you consume dead animals you are going to get dead animal parts sometimes.
Posted by skelly39 on 2009-11-04:
Lady-Absolutely. And I wouldn't go screaming off into the night looking for vengeance on the evil Corn King, but I'd ask for a refund or a pack of boneless bacon. Now, please, let me have my little kid notion that bacon really grows on trees.
Posted by Starlord on 2009-11-04:
Skelly, having seen several small claims court cases involving bones or foreign matrter in food, you are so outta gas on this it isn't even funny. Generally speaking, if the offending item is a normal constituent of the food source, such as bones, you will not prevail. If it were a piece of metal, then you have a slam bang case. Youn were given accurate info. You are eating a dead animal and animals contain bones, and oocasionally, they slip thropugh into the finished product. Nanny nanny boo boo! A refund is in order, but you are making a mountain out of a molehill.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-04:
Lol..ok Skell, bacon grows on trees.
Posted by skelly39 on 2009-11-04:
Starlord-I didn't lodge this complaint, nor did I say I would sue. Where'd ya get that? I would ask for a refund, nicely, or a new package of bacon. Yes, they slip through, and yes, I, along with the OP, have the right to request one without a dang bone in it. They can say no, and I, not being insane, would just let it go and buy bacon from another tree.
Making a mountain out of a molehill?? You just said yourself that the OP, who is not me, would be entitled to a refund. That's what I said. Did you have dinner with Stew at Buffalo Wild Wings?
Posted by skelly39 on 2009-11-04:
Thank you, Lady. Now if I could figure out how to get the eggs out of eggplant, I'd be set for breakfast.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-04:
Lol Skelly. Eggs grow in the ground don't you know?
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-04:
skelly, You're right on the money. Most people in the real world would agree but in my3cents land an OP could complain they found a razor blade in the bacon and there are people on here who would slam the OP of not paying for the razor. That's just the way it goes here.
Posted by skelly39 on 2009-11-04:
For real, Lady? How much time I've wasted...
LMAO, Stew.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-04:
Stew, that is not so. Pigs are not born with razor blades. A razor blade is a foreign object, NOT a body part. If a person is uncomfortable finding body parts in their meat then they should not eat meat.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-04:
I have to agree with you on that Stewart.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-04:
A bone in bacon is a foreign object as well LadyScot. I'm baffled how a bone would ever make it into bacon. It probably wasn't even a pig bone. Probably a bone from a lowly underpaid immigrant worker. That would make more sense than a pig bone from the bacon pig.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-04:
Go vegetarian. You avoid any animal bones this way. :)
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-04:
Sherdy, I will never go vegetarian. Just to many darn delicious animals to choose from.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-04:
Mmmmmmmmm meeeeeaaaat.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-04:
(Lord of the rings orcs) I wants some meatses.
Posted by JR in Orlando on 2009-11-04:
I thought most bacon here was made from pork bellys. There are not any bones in the belly of a pork, wouldn't that be an unusual item, just like one would not expect to find a bone in pig snouts, just cartiledge.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-04:
JR, unusual maybe but not unheard of. The meat is processed in a plant where other cuts are as well. There is bound to be some cross contamination of skin, bones and hair.
Posted by JR in Orlando on 2009-11-04:
LadyScot: You are probably right.
Posted by clutzycook on 2009-11-04:
Sherdy, I did not climb to the top of the darn food chain to eat carrots!
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-04:
(BA) Clutzycook
Posted by PepperElf on 2009-11-04:
clutzy - sure you did... it's just that you forgot the carrots are suppose to be stuffed into the rabbit first before you eat them :D


and bacon bone?

well after i pull my mind up from below the gutter...

dang. how big was the bone? a chip, or a good chunk of bone?

either that or it was well done?
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-04:
ROTFL!!!!
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