Kroger Informative - What's up with all the "natural flavoring" and 12% or more salt water in meats?
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY -- My local Kroger has great employees and good service, however, the meats seem to be becoming saltier and many are injected with substances vaguely explained in tiny letters on the packaging.
Today I went in to buy some form of lean ground beef--round, sirloin, or chuck and noticed the "natural flavoring" reference, a salt content reference, and no ingredient list. So what is the "natural flavoring"? Needless to say, I bought none. No one in the store could explain the label.
Is the "natural flavoring" MSG? I have a friend who is very allergic to that. Is it salt? Many people are on low salt diets and unknowingly buy "moist and tender" pork, chicken and turkey shot with salty "broth" and whatever else.
A really good cook recently was complaining that she used to marinate pork loin and it was wonderful, but now it just never tastes right. I asked her where she bought her pork, and indeed it was Kroger's "moist and tender".
Since many people are on salt-restricted diets, Kroger needs to come clean about ADDED salt, any tenderizers, the 12% and up "broth" added to meats and poultry which is not in teeny tiny writing which most consumers do not see and of which they are unaware.
Kroger is not the only grocery chain doing this; Tyson chickens are everywhere and they're doctored; Butterball too. But Kroger is making it very hard to find meat that is simply meat in their stores.