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Gold Leaf Chicken
Posted by Ree22850 on 06/26/2008
PORTER, TEXAS -- I have bought a lot of 10lb bags of leg quarters in my lifetime but never have I purchased any as poor as the ones I bought today. There were no legs to the thigh part and the one's that had the whole leg quarter they were broken and they even had a couple of wings in one of the bags. I will never buy gold leaf products again. I understand now why there is no telephone number or website for this company.

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-06-26:
Are you sure it was Gold leaf? I've certainly bought plenty of Goldkist chicken products, but I've never heard of Gold Leaf.

Posted by jimquist on 2008-06-28:
I also purchased a 10 lb bag of chicken leg quarters branded "Gold Leaf" and the quality it REALLY BAD. I purchased them at K-Mart in Denver - should have known better... K-Mart is pretty much a has been and their quality has never been top notch. My product had yellowish brown fat and most legs were broken. Some pieces were skinless.
The Gold Leaf leg quarters come from
TSD Sales & Distribution, P.O.Bx 2020, Springdale AR 72763.
They aren't very proud of their product either - takes a magnifying glass to read the name and address on the package ;-)
Now I need to go purchase some quality chicken for my July 4th BBQ.
Posted by wyfie4eva on 2010-01-18:
I have been buying Gold Leaf Chicken Leg Quarters from Food Lion in North Carolina. For probably a year now. Up until recently they have been great. I don't mind the thighs and legs seperate or no skin. It's the Backs with NO meat on them that I don't like. It is like they are weighting the bags with bones. I won't be buying Gold Leaf any more. Wonder if sending them a Letter will help? too bad they don't have a web address to e-mail them my complaint.
Posted by js88 on 2012-11-03:
TSD Sales and Distribution is a fictitious company name used by Tyson (Tyson Sales and Distribution, Inc. to be exact). The following link will confirm this: http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/corps/search_corps.php?DETAIL=169420 and corp_type_id=1 and corp_name= and agent_search= and agent_city= and agent_state= and filing_number= and cmd=

One has to wonder....sneaky.
Posted by Dog Meat on 2013-03-03:
I wouldn't recommend these for human consumption... you have to wonder about the origin of your meat when you're getting it for 60 cents a pound.

I buy these like crazy, but I use it to feed my dogs.
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Don't Buy!!!
Posted by 'zilla on 07/05/2010
Stay away! I have bought many a leg quarter and these are the poorest quality I'll never run across again!! Mutilated/broken legs, missing parts of some, vertibrae still attached. Had to throw away 5lbs of non-edible parts in a 10lb bag of leg quarters!!! *&@#$%
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Posted by Anonymous on 2010-07-05:
Where do you buy this brand?
Posted by Skye on 2010-07-05:
Sounds more like a chicken murder. OP, couldn't you have returned it? Seems silly to just throw away 5lbs, without letting them know how bad the product was. At least attempt to receive a refund.
Posted by madconsumer on 2010-07-05:
what was wrong with the pieces you discarded?
Posted by raven2010 on 2010-07-05:
Dryad, I think this is a southern east coast brand. I could be mistaken
Posted by madconsumer on 2010-07-05:
this was posted on another compalint, cannot verify if it is accurate.

The Gold Leaf leg quarters come from
TSD Sales & Distribution, P.O.Bx 2020, Springdale AR 72763.
Posted by raven2010 on 2010-07-05:
thanx, mad!! I looked and looked, but couldnt find anything more than a few mentions in NC.
Posted by Nohandle on 2010-07-05:
I'm not familiar with the Gold Leaf brand of chicken but do know in my area chicken leg/thigh quarters in the 10 pound size are inexpensive compared with some other meats. I've broken bones cutting up a whole chicken if my knife wasn't sharp enough or making a royal mess of cutting it up. What was non-edible in your bag?
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-07-05:
I see that in a previous review, this brand was purchased at WalMart. That explains why I haven't seen it, I don't buy meat at WalMart.
Posted by 'zilla on 2010-07-06:
To answer some of the questions/comments as best I can: I bought them at a discount/bag-your-own store called Save-a-lot. Didnt return 'cause had no reciept and the store is 20 miles from my kitchen sink. The unusable parts were mostly the connective backbone/vertibrae between left and right leg quarters. Not quite sure how to serve chicken vertibrae! Lastly, thanks for the address so that I can log a complaint directly!
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-07-06:
"Bag your own?" If that is the case then didn't you notice the flaws?
Posted by jktshff1 on 2010-07-06:
Must be road kill
Posted by raven2010 on 2010-07-06:
lakisha, bag your own groceries, not bag your own chicken
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Gold leaf chicken complaint and who to complaint
Posted by Pferney on 08/26/2010
SPRINGDALE, ARKANSAS -- We live in NC. We went to our local store and bought 3 of the 10 pound bags of Gold Leaf chicken. When we opened them for our cook out we found broken off scrap like pieces instead of legs or quarters. We also found meatless backs. We could not find any information for this company as Gold Leaf. We then did some research. As it was distributed by Tyson I contacted them at 1-800-643-3410. We were informed that Gold Leaf is a seconds product that Tyson puts out. They did however tell us they would be reimbursing us for all 3 bags. They did not apologize for the quality simply stating more then once that it was a seconds product and if we wanted a better product we should by the one marked Tyson.

How sad that they feel it is ok to put a secondary quality product on the market and yet they won't put the Tyson name on it.
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Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-26:
I've only read terrible reviews about this brand. Let us know if you get reimbursed.
Posted by Weedwhacked on 2010-08-26:
I've also heard nothing but bad things about this brand. I guess if some people buy it without complaining it makes the company some money. Its always going to be a disappointment when you purchase at Gold Leaf prices and expect Tyson quality.
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-08-26:
Since the name of the distributor can easily be found, I don't think it's wise of Tyson to have anything to do with such a low quality product. I'm glad you took the time to track them down and let them know how you feel, but it seems like they couldn't care less. Not good for business, in my opinion.

Good review, very helpful.
Posted by will on 2013-10-27:
I just bought two 10lbs bags of Gold leaf leg quarters. I weight the bags and they didn't even weigh 20lbs total
Posted by TLSF on 2014-02-25:
I have not had a negative experience with the Gold Leaf 10 lb leg quarter bags. But then, I only use them in preparations where looks really do not matter. I bake the contents of the entire bag in one big batch, then de-bone and shred the chicken to make chicken salad, to top actual salads with shredded chicken, and to make enchiladas or tamales. Basically, I use them only for shredded chicken applications. I guess if I were trying to utilize them for dinner presentations, then Gold Leaf would definitely not be my first choice of meat, but when they go on sale for $5.80 for a 10 lb bag at my local grocery store, I do buy 5 or 7 bags because for 58 cents a pound, I can make many many many meals on the cheap with them. Plus the bone broth that I can get from slow cooking the bones with 3 tbsp of apple cider vinegar and veggie scraps from other meal preparations is a great money saving tool, because I do not have to buy chicken stock. Ever.

I think it really is a case of you get what you pay for. I get super cheap dark meat that I can use in a multitude of recipes, and I am not disappointed. Just like I do not expect top shelf quality from value brand alcohol, I do not expect top shelf quality from a secondary market chicken.

I found the review very helpful - thanks for sharing that Gold Leaf is actually a Tyson brand. I had not known that before. :-)
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10 Lbs Golf Leaf Chicken In A Bag Is More Like 5 Lbs Of Chicken And 5 Lbs Of Fat And Skin
Posted by Lmphashby74 on 01/03/2012
5 lbs of fat and skin
5 lbs of fat and skin
NORTH LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA -- I decided to write this review today about this 10lbs bag of chicken from Gold leaf because I feel that I have been getting ripped off and I am sick of it!!!.

Today I decided to take the fat and skin off of the chicken quarters as I realized that it was producing way to much fat when slow cooking in my crockpot last year.

To my disbelief, when all was said and done I pulled out 5 lbs of fat and skin.

Broward Meats on the corner of McNab and SW 81st Ave in North Lauderdale sells this bag for $5.99 per bag (so lets just say $6.00 per bag). So what you are "REALLY" GETTING AFTER you buy this 10lbs bag of chicken is 5lbs of fat and skin and approx 1 of bones. So if you add this all up for actual value its a total RIP OFF!!!!!. You are actually paying DOUBLE WHAT THEY ARE DECEIVING YOU INTO BELIEVING you are paying. So you are paying $1.20 per lbs for a bag of inferior chicken quarters!!!!.

As we all know the meat and poultry at this shop is from countries like Mexico and third world countries where the meat is sub-standard to begin with.

Why I decided to buy there was based on a recommendation that pricing was good and meat product equally great. I have to say that is so FAR FROM THE TRUTH.

So far my experience is that the meat and chicken has a substandard taste and who knows what kind of chemicals growth hormones, antibiotics etc are truly in this crap.

As they say you "get what you pay for" right!!!. and many are willing to "die" for it!!!

This store seems to attract a very large minority group, many of which are on fixed incomes or being provided for by the government "EBT" system. 95% of the people who cater this store are of Haitians, Jamaicans and Caribbean and Africans decent No one seems to complain??? Why???

Are we suppose to be grateful??? Is it o.k. to be deceived as long as the price is right??

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Posted by Kris10 on 2012-01-03:
I'm not sure what race or nationality have to do with this complaint. Also, the thigh and legs (chicken quarters) are the fattiest part of the chicken. If you're having issues with the quality of the meat here, perhaps go somewhere and get boneless, skinless chicken breast. There won't be as much fat and no skin for the added weight, however boneless skinless chicken breast is a bit pricier. Good luck.
Posted by Skye on 2012-01-03:
Did you bring it back to the store and ask for a refund?

Sounds nasty and I don't blame you for being upset.
Posted by Anonymous on 2012-01-03:
I don't understand how which ethnic groups tend to shop at a particular store is relevant to your complaint? Also, how would you know who is on fixed incomes or receiving benefits?

Your complaint is about the value you're getting, right? All I have to do is look at that picture you included to know I'd never purchase this item. Looks gross.
Posted by Maddog on 2013-12-10:
I just cooked the whole package of leg quarters and me and my other half loved the taste and it was bigger and better then you buy at most stores and we've had fried chicken from Montana to Mexico and the bag I got wasn't more fat then chicken it was all good.
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Rotten Chicken
Posted by AUMUgg on 08/15/2010
First of all most of the pieces were not leg quarters but thighs with no legs attached. Once I repackaged and put in freezer and took one out after fully frozen to thaw out and use for a meal. When I opened the plastic bag I almost puked the smell was so overpowering. The Chicken was rotten. They sell to the military commissary system and this isn't the first time this has happened. If it were up to me I would cancel the contract with DECA Commissary and I would notify the USDA to inspect their processing facility to see why they keep packaging chicken that is already spoiled. The military vet in charge of food service will be getting the chicken to test and take further action. I will be sending an email to DECA to look into doing away with their contract with the military.
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Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-15:
It didn't smell rotten when you re-packaged it for freezing?
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-08-15:
It only smelled bad AFTER it was frozen? I'm not an expert on rotten chicken, but wouldn't it have smelled bad right away?
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-15:
How long did you have it before freezing it?
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-15:
The OP said that it smelled after he/she defrosted it. It makes sense. Most of the time things dont have a strong smell when frozen.
Posted by raven2010 on 2010-08-15:
If it didnt smell going into the freezer, I dont see how it smelled once it came out, assuming proper defrosting rules were followed.

Generally, frozen food does not spoil, hence why we freeze it, to prevent spoilage.

I am guessing it was spoiled before it was frozen and just not noticed, or it was not properly defrosted.
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-08-15:
But it seems the chicken was bought fresh and the OP froze it. If it was bad, it would have smelled before it was frozen. No?
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-15:
If it was spoiled before frozen then it would make sense. He said it smelled when defrosted. As I said, its harder to small things when they are frozen.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-15:
No. It says he bought a 10 lb bag of chicken and then bagged them seperately.
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-08-15:
Raven, that could be it. If not properly defrosted, chicken could easily go bad.
Posted by raven2010 on 2010-08-15:
Venice, remember when we were kids and our parents left meat out on the counter all day to defrost for dinner?

If we did that now, we would be sicker than dogs.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-15:
I leave my meat out all day and have for decades, and I am unnaturally healthy.
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-08-15:
I do remember that, raven. We can't do any of the things our parents did. So much has changed. Some people call it progress, but sometimes I fail to see the improvements.
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Posted by clutzycook on 2010-08-15:
Raven, I still do that! Never had a problem as long as the meat is cooked properly. Of course, if it smelled funny, I wouldn't cook it.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-15:
It depends on how long you let it sit out. I live in the south, so you can't leave meat sit out too long totally defrosted, but I cant see meat spoiling from defrosting so quickly, that you get a putrid smell like the OP says he;she had. That seems like it was rotten before it was defrosted.
Posted by raven2010 on 2010-08-15:
I leave for work at 830 or 9 and get home by 7-730. There si no way I would leave meat out for that amount of time.

Not that I could, anyway---the demons I live with (aka two cats) would most likely attempt to eat it raw.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-15:
Raven, thats a little too long to leave meat sitting out. That seems better to stick from the freezer to the fridge.
Posted by raven2010 on 2010-08-15:
Exactly, prince, which is what I do. I stick it in the fridge the night before, then cook it when I get home the next evening.
Posted by Scouse on 2012-04-07:
We also bought the 10 LB. bag of Chicken Quarters, from Walmart and although they were all complete it was necessary to remove large amount of fat (A good 1 LB.)
Posted by Snake on 2013-09-26:
I purchased a bag of leg quarters YESTERDAY, Gold leaf. Opened it to divide and freeze. It looked nasty, had pieces of wings, tails and backs. My wife works for DECA at a local commissary and this chicken should be banned for consumption in the US, PERIOD. It's a shame the inferior products being stocked for our military in most commissaries.
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Gold Leaf Chicken Do Not Buy!
Posted by Hawaiianwon on 02/13/2013
Gold leaf chicken may not be fit for human consumption maybe for pet food if you boil the heck out of it. 10 lb bag include broken leg bones, parts of ribs mashed up pieces thrown in and lots of bloody skin and feathers. disgusting!! Company has no web site or 1-800 number don't buy this product!!
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Posted by Churro on 2013-02-13:
Gold Leaf is a Tyson brand and Tyson is the devil. And I mean no disrespect to the prince of darkness. Tyson chicken in my opinion is not fit for human consumption and quite frankly should not be allowed to label their genetic abominations chicken. You see the size of the legs and breast on these birds? What's up with that. Scary, scary stuff. I refuse to buy any Tyson products no matter what brand name they hide behind. You should too.
Posted by madconsumer on 2013-02-13:
gold leaf chicken brand is a wegman's product, and is outsourced from tyson. tyson does not directly own gold leaf brand. wegmans is a privately owned company.
Posted by Churro on 2013-02-13:
Gold leaf is a registered trademark of Tyson Food Inc.

Posted by Wally25 on 2013-02-14:
If you ever had a bucket of colonels famous chicken you had Tyson, KFC's main supplier.
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Dangerous Food
Posted by Spidermonkey639 on 04/13/2011
Leg quarters contained green pockets from injection sites. The pockets look like tumors filled with thick green infection. Very gross and can make you very sick! These are pieces that were pulled off a main line and rechecked to be bagged and sold cheap.

Should have been thrown away and vendor should have been reviewed.
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Posted by trmn8r on 2011-04-13:
I'm not sure where you bought these or under what brand they appear, but hopefully people will recognize the name.

I buy chicken quarters regularly, and happily they don't appear anything like this description. At the low price of chicken, it is worth paying more for a non-green and non-infected product.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-04-13:
That is so gross. There are other reviews on this site about this brand chicken. I think Gold Leaf is ran by Tyson. They sell the less than average chicken, and the best stuff gets the Tyson stamp.
Posted by ok4now on 2011-04-13:
This sounds like no frills chicken that I wouldn't feed my dog. The leg portion is the worst, all dark meat and fattening. I'm not that impressed with the Tyson brand. Compared to Purdue it never looks fresh with an expired leftover look to it. The Purdue chickens are fed a healthy diet with no hormones or additives. They are more expensive but every week one of the big food chains has them on sale. I stock up and save a bundle.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-04-13:
Ok4now, Whole Foods and Fresh Market have good chicken too. It is more pricey but sometimes they run specials. I will try the Purdue brand. I try to look for stuff that hasn't been altered with hormones. I saw that Food Inc movie and I'll never forget it.
Posted by ok4now on 2011-04-13:
Nicole: Excellent choice with Whole Foods or Fresh Market. They both offer a quality product. Where they try to scam you is the price. Look at the weekly circulars and see who is offering the best deal. Chicken is always on sale somewhere. Shop Rite and Pathmark seem to offer the best prices.
Posted by Inat on 2011-04-14:
i am having a hard time with chicken lately - they all just seem so gross. too thick, too fatty, too smelly. I'll try whole foods
Posted by ok4now on 2011-04-14:
Inat: I know what you're saying. The cheaper no frills brands tend to be thick & fatty. If available in your area look for the Purdue Perfect Portions. They are hand trimmed pure breast meat individually wrapped in a package containing 5 pieces. The food chains sell a pack for around $10.00 which is expensive. Walmart has it for $5.50. For a quick meal dip them in egg (I use egg beaters) then use Italian bread crumbs on both sides. Place in a hot skillet with Virgin Olive Oil over a medium flame for 5 to 6 minutes on each side and you're done. A really tasty meal that you will enjoy!!
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