Ok. I went to a large grocery store here in town whose name I will leave out right now until and if I hear from them. But the last letter is "r". I wanted to buy some ground beef..the 10% fat content kind not the very greasy chuck at 20 or more percent fat. I was looking at the labels to see cost per pound and the fat content...looking for the 10% as I said. Imagine my surprise to see on each label "with natural flavorings". So...what flavorings? Since when do we have flavorings in ground beef? I asked a meat handler there who was putting out chicken what that meant on the beef label. He didn't know. He finally ventured that it meant it was an all natural product with no additives. I quit trying there and went to the customer service area and asked for a Manager. When he got there I asked what did that phrase on the ground beef mean? It was not on the premium grade ground beef at 6.00 a pound!!! I showed him that, but it was on every other package of regular ground beef. He said he didn't know and called back there.
They told him it was Rosemary. That rosemary was a natural preservative (Suuuuuuure) and that it flavored the meat.
I said "Let's pretend I have a bad allergy to Rosemary. I could go into anaphylactic shock not knowing I was eating something with Rosemary in it". Then I said "why not label it "contains Rosemary as a preservative and as flavoring". I said "there would be truth in advertising then, wouldn't it?"
Of course I didn't believe him. I think it means the addition of the so-called "pink slime" but we will see I hope as I emailed that stores customer service. If they don't answer in a few days I will go farther up the chain. I told the Manager I would not buy their meat any longer and he was perfectly fine with that. I said "I can see that my not buying meat here means nothing to you". There was no denial.
So...the wait for an answer begins. And they can't tell me they don't know.