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Fri Apr 12, 2019, 05:09 PM

Hormel admits Natural Choice meats aren't very natural, lawsuit reveals

Hormel's Natural Choice meats come in the kind of rustic, earth-toned packaging designed to make consumers think they're buying from a farm in a Grant Wood painting, not a billion-dollar corporation.

But the “natural” part of the equation is only true if you consider antibiotics and growth hormones among the wholesome elements of nature, the Austin, Minnesota company admitted in a lawsuit filed by the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

The ALDF sued, as lawyer David Muraskin told Bloomberg, over the ag giant's “massive attempt to manipulate and dupe the consumer to purchase something they have no intention to purchase.” Hormel, it seems, is using its own definition of “natural,” which isn't within shouting distance of the version commonly held by shoppers.

In court filings, an executive confessed that the pigs used for Spam – the company's famed simulated meat substance – are the same ones used for Natural Choice. They're raised factory farm style, using antibiotics and growth hormones, with the pigs rarely seeing the sunshine. The same applies to Hormel's beef.

Read more: http://www.citypages.com/restaurants/hormel-admits-natural-choice-meats-arent-very-natural-lawsuit-reveals/508468401

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TexasTowelie Friday OP
TwilightZone Friday #1
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Wellstone ruled Friday #2
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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 05:12 PM

1. "Spam - the company's famed simulated meat "

It's not simulated meat. It's pork.

I get the snark, but the author could at least try to be accurate and not blatantly contradictory. The same exact sentence says that it's pork.

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Response to TwilightZone (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 06:18 PM

4. Purveyors of pork-like products?

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Response to Cirque du So-What (Reply #4)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 09:02 PM

8. Purveyors of pork-adjacent products

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 05:27 PM

2. Funny how just changing the Packaging

giving it a more consumer friendly name as well as hinting it might be something extra healthy for you,until you read the friggin label and compare it to their regular product,wow,for 10% more in price,gee,just got scammed. BTW,Oscar Mayer is doing the Same with several of their products.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 05:45 PM

3. I've never seen *ANY* natural pork in my supermarket.

If I wanted some natural pork, which I don't, I'd shoot it myself.

Our Catahoulah would love that, alas she has to be content with food I buy at Costco and the occasional rodents she catches.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 06:57 PM

5. "natural" has no real meaning

Neither does "clean" food like Panera and others talk about.

I was looking at some cleaning product the other day, the package included "gluten free" on the front, I'm serious.

At some point, people just have to educate themselves.

Eta - don't forget to pick up some limited edition Game of Thrones Orios, they are collectable, and are only being offered for a limited time, so hurry.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 07:03 PM

6. There must be something more to this suit than the color of the packages and the name Natural Choice

That's hardly false advertising.

Can we sue Green Giant because there really isn't a Green Giant?

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Response to aikoaiko (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 08:54 PM

7. It's one of the more frivilous lawsuits I can recall seeing of late.

“massive attempt to manipulate and dupe the consumer to purchase something they have no intention to purchase.”

Er, ok. Whatever that's supposed to mean. The lawsuit - and this article, for that matter - are much ado about nothing.

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