Is the Meat at Union Market Only Part-Natural?

07/11/2011 10:42 AM |


Union Market, a gourmet grocery store with two locations in Park Slope and another in Cobble Hill, prides itself on its meat, which they bill as “all natural” and free of hormones and antibiotics. But a meat supplier told the Post—and backed it up with copies of invoices—that, in fact, the market supplements much of its meat supply with “commodity meat.” “Some of the stuff they order is the cheapest of the cheap,” the anonymous source told the tabloid. “What a diner would serve.” That included cuts of flank steak, skirt steak, top butt, knuckles, top round and pork butt, as well as pork breakfast sausage and pork casings for making sausage, none of which were all-natural or free of hormones.

Union Market takes the charge seriously, calling it not only “outrageous” but “absolutely outrageous.” The owners have begun an internal investigation while denying any wrongdoing on their part. “It’s not as if they order one thing and are sent another,” the meat supplier countered. “They know exactly what they’re ordering and buying, and it’s there on the invoice.”

While shoppers wait to find out the truth, there is one surefire thing they can do to make sure they never eat meat that’s not all natural or pumped full of chemicals again—go veg!