Be Afraid: Wal-Mart Named Meat and Deli Retailer of the Year

Be afraid. Be very afraid. The trade journal Meat and Deli Retailer has named Wal-Mart Meat and Deli Retailer of the Year!:
Wal-Mart’s success has impacted the way merchants in almost every retail category market their products and services, and that includes the operators of supermarket meat and deli departments. The company was a catalyst in the rapid embrace of case-ready meats by grocers across the U.S. by offering prepackaged products instead of store-cut items in more than 2,000 Wal-Mart Supercenter and Neighborhood Market stores.
So let's talk about case-ready meat. I've already explained its relationship to Wal-Mart's anti-union efforts, but what IS case-ready meat exactly? The journal Beef explains:
Case-ready technology eliminates the need for in-store processing. Meat is packaged in rigid foam or plastic box-shaped containers at a packing plant or processor. The retail product is sealed in a highly oxygenated mix of gases injected into the container. Before the package is placed in the sales case, the outer, non-permeable layer of film is removed, leaving a gas-permeable layer of film beneath, allowing the meat to “breathe” and “bloom,” and assume the colors associated with fresh meat. [emphasis added]
But unspecified gases are not the only thing in Wal-Mart's meat. This is from a 2003 interview with Bruce Peterson, the Wal-Mart executive who overseas beef purchases and is part of the same Beef article as above:
BEEF: A great deal of your fresh beef products are “enhanced” with a water-based solution. What drives the decision to merchandise beef this way? Peterson: I think the whole idea of solutions, or “pumped” product, is going to revolutionize the meat industry over time. The solution process will ultimately be one of providing a flavor profile. This is no different in meat than in other foods. “Cooking” at home is becoming a lost art — much by choice — therefore the consumer is expecting to buy a piece of meat that has a particular flavor profile, stick it in the oven for 15-20 minutes and yet have something they remember eating when they were growing up. Food additives, whether in solutions or otherwise, are becoming part of our food experience. The fresh beef area is one of the last great food bastions that have been generally untampered.
Mmmmmmmm.......water-based solution. Don't you love it when you buy beef by the pound and are paying for the weight of added water? Still, Wal-Mart insists that its meat is fresh. Peterson told Meat and Deli Retailer:
[T]he freshness of Wal-Mart’s case-ready products is comparable to that of meat that is cut by store butchers. Shipments, he notes, often are delivered to locations from distribution centers within a few hours of being ordered.
Your definition of "fresh" probably depends upon more than just the color, but if you shop at Wal-Mart you can't be choosy; can you? As appetizing as this subject is, my favorite part of the article has gotta be Peterson's explanation why the company's decision getting rid of meat cutters from their stores is actually a good thing:
He adds that by not having to cut meat, Wal-Mart associates and the meat department’s backroom have a cleaner appearance. “Associates are not covered with blood like they just had open-heart surgery,” he notes.
Exactly, nobody wants to be reminded that something died in order to give you dinner. Wal-Mart is Meat and Deli Retailer of the Year because they're leading the way in making the meat production system disappear from public view. When it's gone completely, Wal-Mart can do anything it wants to its meat and its customers will never know.

119 Responses to “Be Afraid: Wal-Mart Named Meat and Deli Retailer of the Year”

  1. mikki says:

    The 1st time I bought meat from w/mart was a porterhouse cut. Color looked good, but as soon as I opened it to prepare a few hrs. later, the smell was odd. Once cooked, disgusting & inedible. Totally agree w/ the spam-like texture descriptions posted. 2nd time, ground beef. Only the outer meat was pink, the rest was gray w/a foul odor. Right, like that was just a “fluke” or an “innocent mistake.” Not a 3rd time-Now I willingly drive out of my way & pay more to hand-pick a premium grade filet from the butcher’s case.

    • Lin says:

      I really find that hard to believe. I have bought meat from Wal-Mart for years and have NEVER had any problems…the meat is ALWAYS fresh and did NOT smell at any time after my purchase, and NO, I do not and never have worked for Wal-Mart. My dad owned a grocery store when I was growing up, so I know what to look for. These posts sound more to me like someone left their meat out too long while thawing it out or did not get it put away in the freezer or refrigerator right away. I buy steaks, ground beef, chicken, and fish from Wal-Mart. I also have a problem wth a poster who said Wal-Marts produce is lousy. Since when!? It is NOT lousy. Maybe not all Wal-Marts manage their stores the same way, but the ones I patronize are top notch in their grocery areas.

      • Charles says:

        Whoops guess that invalidates everything he said. Wait, no it doesn’t. I bought a package of liver from Wal-Mart and it was spoiled on opening 20 minutes after purchase from their cooler. The meats are tough and stringy (case in point, New York Strip which is tender and juicy from Kroger is dry and tough from Wal-Mart). I have joined the poster above yours in going out of my way to buy meats somewhere other than Wal-Mart.

        • John says:

          I have to agree with the poor quality of Wal-mart meats, the produce is also not produce stand quality by far. I Googled “Walmart ground beef is tough” and this is where I ended up. I have used it for everything from meatloaf – fail, tacos – fail – chili – fail, and burgers – fail. I think I have tried it with everything we love to eat that has ground beef in it and its always nasty AND tough!!! its “ground” beef!!! I buy the black Styrofoam package with clear cellophane on top and its variety is “Ground Chuck” so its not the cheap log of beef.. oh BTW the cheap log beef is better and more tender..still not butcher quality but better than the Walmart brand beef. I will no longer patronize Walmart’s ground beef. STAY AWAY FROM GROUND BEEF “CHUCK”!!!

      • Tamar says:

        Sorry Lin, but I bought a 5 lb. ‘tube’ of ground chuck with an expy of more than a month from the date of purchase. As soon s I got it home, I opened it and divided it into three portions, froze two and used one that day. The meat looked fine and smelled fine UNTIL I cooked it – it released the most awful chemical/urine smell, like nothing i had ever smelled before! Thought that it might be the recipe I was using, or maybe an ingredient??  We ate the dinner, but around the meat. Defosted the second package, cooked it up, same thing…. now I was getting suspicious…. threw the third one away.  I won’t buy meat in a tube from them ever again….the butcher shop in the next county over is more expensive, but the ground chuck tastes great!!

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  4. Henry Thompson says:

    Update: Since we had our terrible Walmart “Steak House” experiences, we have been purchasing our steaks from a local meat shop (that is actually less expensive than WalMart) and could not be happier. I never have to wonder if the cow was “ripe” or not. I highly recommend supporting your local butcher and saying NO to prepackaged meats from foreign countries.

    I know that Walmart does not care but I believe I am correct in saying that Sam Walton is sufficiently spinning in his grave.

  5. Wal employee says:

    If meat has E-Coli it means there is $hit in the meat. Eat $hit and you will die.

  6. Wal employee says:

    If meat has E-Coli it means there is poop in the meat. Eat $-hit and you will die.

  7. Wal employee says:

    If meat has E-Coli it means there is poo in the meat. Eat poo and you will die.

  8. Wal employee says:

    there is stool in meat with ecoli contamination. Are you happy eating excrement?

  9. Naomi Bigelow says:

    This site verifies that all of my suspicions about Wal*Mart meat, in particular the beef, are true. I seriously considered taking one of the steaks to a laboratory to determine if it was actually beef. It cooks up, tastes, and cuts very differently than the beef I’ve eaten all my adult life. In fact, it turned me off from all meat for a time. We have never purchased “fresh” meat from Wal*Mart again. We instead purchased half a beef from a local farmer and will continue to consume locally produced meat and poultry from now on. Lesson learned. I hate what is happening to the food supply due to “profit margin” and will put my money into local pockets.

    • Gary Tee says:

      Naomi, You are so right. All of us need to encourage everyone we can to stop shopping totally at Walmart. Especially the so called fresh food products. The reason I am an ex associate is because I was very outspoken about cross contamination on the slicers in the deli, and finding expired meats in the case constantly. As well as cole slaw, that was in the fermantation process and still being told to put it in the case. You see, it is like this. Walmart thinks that they are above the law, all law, and that none of it applies to them.

  10. Naomi Bigelow says:

    An added thought: Why does the Wal*Mart advertising and labeling of the steaks omit the word “beef.” Last I knew, “steak” is a cut, not a designation for the animal from which the meat comes. Is it beef? Or horse? Or kangaroo? We have all assumed it’s beef, but Wal*Mart is not advertising it or selling it specifically identified as “beef.”

  11. Ooh,Naomi, you are opening Pandor’s Box. Next thing you know, people will be wondering if there is some cross breeding going on,or genetic engineering.

  12. Adam Splitter says:

    First time buyer of Walmart “meat” (I use the term loosely.) Bought a couple gorgeous rib steaks to grill. Seasoned them as usual. Totally inedible, UNBELIEVABLY SALTY. After closer inspection of package label, saw in small print an 8% flavor enhancement solution had been added. Bleechhhhhh!
    The steak texture also had some strange appearance, almost like pressed meat.

    I WILL NEVER BUY MEAT FROM WALMART AGAIN – EXTREMELY SALTY!!

    • pam thomas says:

      You are so right,the steaks dont look like steak or taste like steak. what is walmart feeding the people of this country. we need to keep the saying ( made in the USA) grown and produced in the USA . thumbs down to walmart.

      • Ryan says:

        Totally agree! We just ate it tonight and I was wondering what the hell was wrong with it… their “steak” is more like processed lunch meat, it had a strange odor and a weird film on it (super slimy).

        The meat tastes like it was sitting in the ocean or something… we will NEVER buy meat from walmart again.

  13. Linda S says:

    I bought meat on sale at wal-mart..$150 worth..took it and froze it immediately. I bought steaks…ribeyes, porterhouse, Tbones. Thick cuts.

    It was awful. Taste was so off, texture was weird. Inedible.

    So we stopped buying our meet there. I did not feel like taking it back.

    The chicken packs ten pounds of wings are slimy and weird. I had to cut off clear slime. Something is amiss.

    So yesterday i bought some deli chicken. Oh MY gosh..I looked down after I had eaten a piece and it was bloody.

    UGH.

    I’m so sick.

    • Lin says:

      For the last several years, when I have not felt like cooking, I have purchased Wal-Mart’s whole roasted chickens…not ONCE where they ever bloody. I know a lot of people who shop Wal-Mart for their groceries and a lot who also buy already cooked chicken, etc. there and not just the whole roasted ones. I have also been to Wal-Mart in other states several times and have friends who shop them all the time. Again, NEVER any problems, AT ALL!! I really, really find it hard to believe that all these negative posts are for real. To put it bluntly, I have shopped Wal-Mart in CA, NV, IA, ID, and MO and they all had terrific meats and produce.

  14. Melissa M says:

    After making my daughters favorite meatloaf today & throwing out most of it which is highly unusual in this family, I started wondering if other people were having issues with Walmarts meats. I have bought ground beef there quite a few times just because I didn’t have time to make it anywhere else to get it. Every time I cook anything with Walmart ground beef it is tough, dry, bland & disgusting. I usually make a monthly stop in my local Food Lion store & pick up 5 -10 one lb packages of ground beef. Usually enough to last for the month. My children & I were so disappointed with dinner tonight & upon reflecting over all the ruined meals because of Walmarts fresh meats, and now reading this I will never buy from them again. I don’t know what they are doing to those cows or the meat once it’s been butchered but something is definately wrong!

    Unhappy in the 540

  15. Dave says:

    Anyone with working taste buds will never eat a piece of Wal-mart meat the second time around. Learned my lesson just like the rest of you. The best thing you can do for yourself is to hit up the small grocery stores or the local ones that sell local hormone free and/or free range meats. Unfortunatly, these will run you 2x to 3x more then you would pay at Wallymart so you will have to eat meat more sparingly, which, is a good thing for your health. I am not a health nut or a leaf eater but it is worth your money and health to eat 1 or 2 servings of healthy meat a weak over chemically altered, brine injected rancid uneatable slop.

  16. kelly says:

    I saw the Walmart commercial and had to Google to see what is in their crap. Wow! I am glad to see people realizing the swill that is being passed to the American consumer. I am sure these animals are being fed genetically modified food and being raised very inhumanely. How would you taste if this was your life. Bad Karma in the meat people. Eat local, eat organic, eat grass-fed, humanely-raised beef, pork, chicken, etc. WalMart, Big-Business and Big Pharma wants us all to be their guinea pigs.

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  18. Karen says:

    OK, my roomate and I are now battling food poisining for the 3rd day and I am so angry. The only thing I could think we have both been eating the past few days are ham sandwiches. I bought the ham at Walmart and after checking my “symptoms” online I realized I have food poisoning. I then started searching around the web and found all these horror stories about Walmart’s meat. I never did buy their prepacked meat after the first horrible experience, but beware THE DELI IS BAD TOO!!! Ive found several articles through google about them not cleaning their meat slicers and how they are “distributing” bacteria into the meats. UGHHH I feel totally disgusted.

  19. So you self-diagnosed this “food poisoning”?

    • Gary Tee says:

      So you have to be a Walmart Manager , probably in the Deli !! and, you and I both know how much food contamination goes on , on a day to day basis, This you and I both know, so dont try to explain it away. Meats are kept way beyond their expiration dates. To make my point clear, one morning after being off for 2 days. I went through all the meats in the deli case that had been opened , checking all the expiration dates, I found after going through all the cases, bologna,chicken (of various taste styles, bbq,roasted, etc) turkey ( same various styles) , hams, and roast beef, corned beef, and pestrami. All of these that were expired , also stunk as well, and amounted to $250.00 + of waste that morning. I always made sure everyone knew too, including customers. Oh ! if if need to explain by the way, how i know all this, the brands that Walmart sells, are as follows, and usually set up from right to left as you are looking at the case from the customers perspective. Right side to left. Jennie O Turkey Ham, turkey pastrami, Blue Ribbon Oven Roasted, Then Ekrich Bolognas, Hams, Then Sara Lee Hams , Turkeys, then some more Jennie O Turkeys like Grand Champion Cajun Style, Honey Turkey, then Prima Della Oven Roasted Turkey, Oven Roasted Chicken Breast, Roast Beef, Corned Beef, Pestrami. If you want to get food poisoning then shop walmart deli, if you dont, then dont shop the deli.
      Cross Contamination is very serious at walmart as well. The slicers are set up as follows too: Right to Left according to customer facing the counter. Right side is the Turkey slicer, then the Ham Slicer, then the Cheese Slicer, then the Roast Beef Slicer. If you dont believe what I am telling you, go into your local walmart at the busiest possible time of day. with a copy of this article and check who is slicing meat on what, and this might help you, if you think you cant see them slicing, Try BENDING OVER OR GETTING ON YOUR KNEES AND LOOKING THROUGH THE CLEAR GLASS , Ahhhh you might get your eyes wide opened !!! Everyone needs to know about this, I care about those that I serve, and servied while I was there.

  20. Foodie says:

    Case ready meat is a very unfortunate response to retailers’ need to reduce costs in order to keep prices low. However, I find WalMart’s meat prices to be average, at best. If case ready meat becomes the norm for most (or all) chain grocery stores, you can bet that niche markets and/or “Mom & Pop” meat markets will enjoy big increases in market share. I am embarrassed to say that I have picked up some chicken at Wal Mart (which has been “case ready” everywhere for years), but I will NOT buy case ready beef or pork from W.M. or Target, or anywhere else! Don’t give in!

  21. Linda Rodriguez says:

    I went to Walmart in Royal Palm Beach Florida last week and bought Smith-field ribs, got home, opened the package and the ribs were rotten. Returned them and was given a refund. Yesterday 8/1/09, went back to the same Walmart and bought the same brand of ribs, got home, opened the package and they were rotten again, returned them and again, was given a refund. I spoke to a few friends who in-lightened me on the fact they NEVER buy Walmart meats, because this had happened to them before. Has anyone ever done anything about this?

    • Ryan says:

      I hadn’t bought steak from Walmart in a long time, but I stupidly thought maybe after several years they might have straightened out. Bought $19 NY and the closest thing I can compare it to is BAD quality pork chops. It seriously did not taste like beef at all. I am SO mad.

    • Gary Tee says:

      Linda I tried, but got terminated for being so outspoken, just keep telling each other, friends, family, and everyone you can. Report it to local health authorities too. Your county in your state has a health department, report to them everytime this happens.

  22. Jackie says:

    After being on a diet for three months with no red meat, my sister and I wanted to splurge on a real steak! We purchased some NY strips from Walmart and grilled them on an open fire. YUK! What a disappointment! The odd texture was one thing, but what we wound up with was essentially ham….processed meat. I dug the wrapping out of the trash and learned that the meat was “enhanced” with 8% of what tasted like a salt solution. Our treat was ruined, but Walmart did refund our money when we returned that poor excuse for beef to the store. At just under $10 a pound, shame on you Walmart! If I want processed meat, I’ll buy chopped ham at $1.99 a pound!

  23. Lyn says:

    Take Note: Keep eyes open to the center of the sliced ham sold in packages at walmart in B.C. as my son bought one of these quick sandwhich items and after consuming some, found
    a smelly (poo) green area in the center of this sliced ham and
    he has been very sick for several days now. ie: stomach cramps, diahrea, head ache, vomiting and chills…possible E.Coli? Sure sounds like it. Buyer beware as it seems this company puts profit before quality. Will stick to the local butcher from now on.

  24. Christine Fender says:

    Wow. I thought I was crazy until I read these comments. I typed “strange meat from WalMart” into the Google window and I can’t beleive how many people also think the “steaks” from WalMart are inedible, spam’like pieces of something other than Beef. No way was that a New York Strip like the label said. $25 to throw the meat in the trash. I was so angry after a long day at work to hate my meal so much. I’d become a vegetarian or buy my own cows before I’ll ever shop there Again!!!!

    • Gary Tee says:

      So you have to be a Walmart Manager , probably in the Deli !! and, you and I both know how much food contamination goes on , on a day to day basis, This you and I both know, so dont try to explain it away. Meats are kept way beyond their expiration dates. To make my point clear, one morning after being off for 2 days. I went through all the meats in the deli case that had been opened , checking all the expiration dates, I found after going through all the cases, bologna,chicken (of various taste styles, bbq,roasted, etc) turkey ( same various styles) , hams, and roast beef, corned beef, and pestrami. All of these that were expired , also stunk as well, and amounted to $250.00 + of waste that morning. I always made sure everyone knew too, including customers. Oh ! if if need to explain by the way, how i know all this, the brands that Walmart sells, are as follows, and usually set up from right to left as you are looking at the case from the customers perspective. Right side to left. Jennie O Turkey Ham, turkey pastrami, Blue Ribbon Oven Roasted, Then Ekrich Bolognas, Hams, Then Sara Lee Hams , Turkeys, then some more Jennie O Turkeys like Grand Champion Cajun Style, Honey Turkey, then Prima Della Oven Roasted Turkey, Oven Roasted Chicken Breast, Roast Beef, Corned Beef, Pestrami. If you want to get food poisoning then shop walmart deli, if you dont, then dont shop the deli.
      Cross Contamination is very serious at walmart as well. The slicers are set up as follows too: Right to Left according to customer facing the counter. Right side is the Turkey slicer, then the Ham Slicer, then the Cheese Slicer, then the Roast Beef Slicer. If you dont believe what I am telling you, go into your local walmart at the busiest possible time of day. with a copy of this article and check who is slicing meat on what, and this might help you, if you think you cant see them slicing, Try BENDING OVER OR GETTING ON YOUR KNEES AND LOOKING THROUGH THE CLEAR GLASS , Ahhhh you might get your eyes wide opened !!! Everyone needs to know about this, I care about those that I serve, and servied while I was there

      • sry says:

        i work in the deli at a walmart in indiana. our meats and salads are always fresh. everything is checked every morning for dates. our slicers on the other hand are very different. we have three skicers. one is a cheese slicer and the kther two are meat slicers.cheese is obviously for cheese bjt the other ones are to use for any meat. we dont have one designated for turkey or ham or so on and so forth.  but we do have to clean our skicers ever 4 hours. assuming we have time to do that… now the things thatare out on the wall is a while different story. i was working on the wall today and found things that expired two and three months ago . nkw our manager is supposed to do it because we are six people short in our deli but well apparentky he hasnt did it in a few months. ivenever been to any other walmart but thats hkw ours works… cross contaminate our meets yes but atleast our food is fresh unlike some im seeing here… and i eat our deli meat. no problem. whatsoever

  25. Mary E. Frederiksen says:

    We just had the nastiest tasting meat in our entire life – it was a Steak House brand – Chuck Tender Steak from Walmart. I am feeling so not well right now, especially after reading all the other comments. I will never buy any meat products from Walmart again. The texture was slimy after being cooked and after cutting it there was nothing that resembled any beef that I’ve ever had before. I got the packaging out of the trash and that’s when I read the part about the 8% solution. I am emailing Walmart after I finish leaving this comment to complain and hopefully get my money back. I will not even give what’s left to my dog.

  26. Steve R. says:

    Wow. My wife thought I was nuts when we ate a WM steak the other night. Her piece even seemed different from mine. Salty, rubbery, and unnatural looking would be the three best words that pop into my mind. I saw the same sticker and couldn’t have imagined how bad it would be. If I left this steak outside, the strays in my neighborhood wouldn’t even touch it.

  27. tbenj says:

    I never buy Walmart meat. Im sure I must have years ago at least a couple times. I cannot remember my experience. Just that from all Ive read about them doing away with the butchers and that we dont know where the meat comes from. Ive heard the stories of the slaughter houses employees being forced to work so hard and fast that feces ends up in all the meat. I watched a film called “Fast Food Nation” and I have become really particular about meat. Dont buy much of it. Ive seen films on the cruelty of the animals. Trying to go vegan. My daughter is almost 100% vegan and she is 16. My son and their dad are meat eaters. Cannot talk them out of it. I buy frozen, canned and boxed foods at Walmart. Much cheaper on frozen pizza. But I used the regular grocery store for meat and produce.

    • Jason says:

      Susan, let me first say you are indeed correct about their quality. How do I know this? My mother has worked in the deli and meat dept. at Wally World for 14 yrs., the last 6 of those as deli mgr. She has told me horror stories. As a manager, she is adamant about food safety,cleanliness,and hygiene in her deli,and has fired people for violations.Unfortunately, the same can’t be said of other deli mgrs.,either in her store or MOST others.

  28. Dr.Rick Lippin says:

    I am public health physician who has written twice to Wal-Mart CEO about their meat products.

    I put him on notice that my next letters go to senior officials at FDA and CDC

    Dr. Rick Lippin
    Southampton,Pa

  29. We just bought rather expensive angus beef from Wal-Mart that my dad grilled. We usually don’t buy any meat from Wal-Mart since the one time I bought a pack of beef cutlets and half of it was pork. Anyway, after the meal (not wanting to offend my dad), I asked him if he thought the texture was a little odd for beef. He completely agreed. The taste was *ok*, but the texture was rubbery and incosistent. The grain wasn’t right and when you squeezed it, it felt like a sponge. Another thing, we could cut through it with a butterknife, which was also really strange. It was exactly the same consistency as spam. I’m a HUGE meat eater and I know what the texture of beef is. I wondered if they were putting additives in their meat or whether I had eaten some other animal..Who knows! This is completely sickening. We will never, ever buy beef from Wal-Mart again. Fool me once, shame on you…fool me twice..now I know. 😛

  30. Robert says:

    I happen to like Walmart, but their meat is not up to snuff to say the least. We shop there alot but we always get our meat somewhere else…not worth the extra money for inferior meat.

  31. RookM says:

    Oh…my…god… I cannot express how angry I right now. This is the first time I’ve ever eaten meat from walmart and i am literally filled with rage. I bought what was supposed to be NY strip “steaks”. I got through half a “steak” before my hunger morphed into nausea and disgust. Nowhere on the package did it jump out at me that I would be consuming soylent green. I now know from reading all your comments about this flavor solution or whatever they tell the public that shit is. I honestly feel like my mouth and stomach have been raped by some wart covered syphalliyic pig-man
    THIS WAS NOT BEEF!!! I dont care what they say thier solution is. You could pump bleach into a piece of meat and you could still tell what animal it came from. this shit did not have any indication of ever belonging to a cow or any other animal I have eaten in my life.
    Im going to take what is left of this abomination and I fully intend on forcing whoever identifies themselves as an authority to eat it in front of me while I stand there and watch.

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  33. Linda Spaur says:

    I have been complaining about all the meat we’ve bought for over a year. Figured they’ve been using some kind of preserving solution or something. Beef and pork. Doesn’t even resemble real meat. I’ve been describing the taste and texture as a slimy soft foam sponge. But it’s NOT just Walmart. Our HEB grocery store has the very same problem. We bought one of those vacuum-packed pork loins at HEB and it was like slimy raw liver after it was cooked. Needless to say, we do NOT eat much meat anymore.

  34. bigben says:

    Well, I tried last week their Steakhouse rib eyes.

    The raw meat looks fine.

    Once grilled however, it is a different story.

    First the meat gets tough real quick so I can’t rely on the firmness to cook the meat to my taste.
    Then once the meat is cut, it does not feel like beef. There are no fiber, the cut looks like there are tiny bubbles in it and the general feeling was that I was chewing on a thick piece of ham.

    We knew their meat sucks but we thought that their new branding was better. It is the same crap.

  35. T.K. says:

    MY WIFE HAS BEEN TRYING TO TELL ME ABOUT THE WAL- MART MEAT FOR A FEW YEARS NOW!!! WE STOPPED BUYING THE MEAT… WE JUST MOVED TO A NEW CITY ACROSS THE STATE,, SO STUPID ME GAVE THEM ANOTHER CHANCE, NOT KNOWING THE MEAT CAME FROM A PROCESSING PLANT!!!! I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE BETTER MEAT,,, BOY I WAS WRONG!! WE GOT 2 RIB EYE STEAKS FOR A FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER SPLURGE!! AFTER GRILLING AND EATING THEM WE WERE SICK AND ANGRY,,,, THE MEAT LOOKED GOOD BEFORE WE COOKED IT BUT WHEN WE ATE IT IT WAS LIKE RUBBER AND SALTY!!!!!! WE ALSO BOUGHT 3 PORK LOIN FILLETS THE SAME DAY TO SMOKE ON SATURDAY,, AFTER SMOKING THEM FOR 6 HOURS EXPECTING THEM TO BE FALLING APART LIKE PULLED PORK,, THEY WERE LIKE CUTTING INTO THE BOTTOM OF A RUBBER FLIP FLOP!!! VERY SALTY!!! WE BOTH HAD SEVERE DIARRHEA AND VOMITING FOR 3 DAYS!!! I AM SO ENRAGED… THAT WAL-MART IS DUPING THE COUNTRY BY SELLING THIS SHIT AS MEAT,,, POISONING AND KILLING US SLOWLY!! WE ONLY EAT FISH WE CATCH OURSELVES NOW !! ITS SAD BUT SO!!! REMINDS ME OF 1973 “SOYLENT GREEN” GOD HELP US!! OUR COUNTRY IS GOING TO HELL IN A HAND BASKET!!!!

  36. Frank from NY says:

    It is impossible to cook a medium rare steak from Walmart. It cooks up a grey color and reminds me of liver. I go to Shoprite for all my meat purchases. Their produce is also lousy

  37. Laura says:

    I made burgers and the meat looked too red. When I smushed the meat while it was cooking the “blood” looked like red dye. The burgers were horrible, they tasted like liver. I left to run an errand and when I got home it smelled like something died in the house. It was the meat.

    I wonder if wal-mart is part of the push for lab-grown meat…

  38. keggerlegger says:

    Wal Mart sells the worst fricken meat. Never will buy from them again. Their pork has the consistancy of rubber. Mystery meat. road kill???

  39. Carnivore says:

    I always wondered why Walmart meat had the weird consistency and taste.  After this article, I am glad we still have a couple of stores that still process their meat from local farms around.  I will not be getting meat from Walmart any more.  Thanks for the posts to help affirm it was not just my cooking.

  40. Mike Wilks says:

    I to had bought several packages of ground chuck from the local Walmart, while it was cooking i noticed an odd smell in the house, just thinking it was something outside i continued on, i sat down to eat my burger, it had a weird taste to it, thought i may have accidently added a wrong spice to it, but no. about an hour or so after eating i started feeling so bloated and gassy oh my god i had never had stomach cramps so bad in my life.
    Later that night after hours of abdominal discomfort i called my sister-in-law and told her how i was feeling. Her first question was “what did you eat?”. I told her a hamburger, she:”Where did you buy your meat?”, me:”at Walmart”  “why”, she: “Go look at the package and see what the Ingredients are”. I dug out the package and was astounded by all the additives,antibiotics, hormones, food coloring and other processing agents added to it. She told me “That is why their packages bubble up it’s becsause of the toxic fumes the meat is putting off”.. she went on to tell me about he she learned her lesson about Walmarts meats the hard way, after her whole family being sick for 3 days after eating rancid meat from the same walmart…..
     Never again will i step foot back inside one of those vile nasty stores..

  41. karen says:

    I bought a rump roast (steakhouse brand) No one will ever convince me that it was beef.  After cooking it for hours, it still looked red.  It had a peculiar rubbery texture and was VERY salty.  It did not taste like any beef I had ever eaten,  If all beef tasted like this I would become a vegetarian for sure.

  42. […] all the comments we get here on buying meat at Walmart, passing up on the chicken necks seems like a smart […]

  43. james says:

    The mrs. usually does the shopping, and stays away from wally’s when buying meat due to inferior quality meets from previous experiences.  While in the store on a different mission, I figuered on buying roast for the grill.  Wife changed the plans upon inspecting the groceries knowing the meat would be too tough to grill, and suggested a slow roast in the oven.  

    The mrs. is an outstanding cook, and neither the oven, nor another four hours in the crock pot was able to produce an edible meal.

    Should have thrown that piece of shit right in the garbage when getting home rather than experience the disappointment of wasted effort and money on a weekend family meal.  

  44. Albert Smith says:

    On a chat on facebook 5/13/2012 with the walmart guys, we constanly ask from were the meat come from and this their awser.

    “Walmart Fresh beef is typically aged to develop flavor and increase the level of tenderness. Beef can be wet aged or dry aged. Wet-aged beef is beef that has been aged in vacuum-sealed bags to retain its moisture. Wet-aged beef is found at top quality steakhouses and retail supermarkets. Walmart’s USDA Choice grade and USDA Select grade are both wet-aged for optimum flavor and tenderness.”

  45. Fargo50 says:

    I have a friend who is now looking for a job due to the dishonest and dangerous ways Wal-Mart handles meat and other products. All meat products are treated with nitrogen, and many packages set in the back room for up tp 3 /12 weeks. Hamburger meat has bone ground in and pink slime which is ammonia. There has been an outcry for thr FDA to ban this practice for some time. Before the 4th of July this year, Walmart raised the price of all meat by $3.00 per lb, and then put out a sales flyer implying it was a 4th of July sale with reduced prices. All spoiled meats go into a freezer, 6 of them, and then are donated to the local zoo, rather than catching the meat  before it spoils and donating it to local food banks. When you see a rollback sign on any item, most likely it is not a roll back at all. They place these signs on products that have not been reduced at all, then imply that they have been. Employees are given a computer course called POV, which teaches them these deceptive sales methods. I always knew the meat at Wal-mart was not good, but never knew why. Now I know and will be starting a campaign to stop their fraudulant practices. Please tell everyone you know about this. I am going to post evrywhere i can find a blog and on Facebook. PLease pass the word!

    • Michele Powers says:

      Thank you Fargo for this valuable information!! I am passing it on as well to every person that will listen.

  46. rusty shakleford says:

    Why am I not surprised to hear these complaints. First bad meat was a pork roast that began smelling like sweat as it cooked. Next ground chuck from a  milk cow that obviously died of old age. It tasted like you would expect a ground up boot to taste- with that texture too. Now strike 3- beef roast “fresh-lol, from the  store” that ran me out of the kitchen when I opened it. No excuse for this. Will do my food shopping at a local store that employs real butchers. I have been putting the spoiled meat in the trash. Do walmart  associates collect it and return it to the meat case??? I was not aware that they import meat this way. This roast must have more miles on it than my truck. Thanks for your posts—

  47. Michele Powers says:

    I thought I had learned as a youth, not to purchase, let alone eat, Walmart meats. My husband and I thought maybe the Sam’s Club meat would be different based on the in store butcher dept. NO, there definitely is something wrong that Walmart is doing to it’s meat. The chicken breasts for example instantly gets as slimy eel, as well as it dissolves as I was packaging it to go freezer. The sirloin tip and round roasts have the eel gel as well….I’m a cook of over 40 years for my family and friends and I know when something is wrong in my kitchen. I sincerely urge others not to be lured in by their pretty but dangerous practices. Walmart Fall Apart in every department!  

  48. Susan Cody says:

    Only meat I have bought recently were pork chops. Have tried several ways to cook them but there is still something I just don’t like. To me they taste rubbery and when getting out of the package are so slimey.  Not going to try them again. 

  49. Billie Davis says:

    OK I bought what was suppose to be center cut pork chops from Walmart.It was the most disgusting chops I ever cooked.The meat was slimy to touch so I tried to rinse them.I then proceeded to cook them.They became like a big blubber of meat. I am totally disgusted with this over-priced nasty ass meat not made for your pet dog even to eat.

    I will be taking advantage of their 100% money back guarantee tomorrow.

    oh, and by the way, the meat wouldn’t even brown.

    UGHH, I have never tasted anything that was so disgusting in my lifde like Walmart’s so called center-cut pork chops. And yes you must have stock in Walmart.

  50. Jo Dan says:

    Glad to know I am not crazy or have lost my taste buds. I have been buying the packaged deli meats at Walmart, but the taste and texture were really getting to me. Changed over to buying at the deli and letting Walmart do the slicing. I think the taste was worse and I noticed that the meat appeared to be “pressed.” The google brought up this site. Oh, good Lord, what have I been eating? This is so disgusting. I am in a small town and our choice is Walmart or Brookshire’s. Or doing without. I guess “doing without” is the choice. I hate Walmart. But another merchant down the street said, “Don’t hate Walmart. It keeps the illiterate and uneducated off the streets.” What a shame.

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