Originally Posted by D.Harris
If meat is enchanced, do the ingredients have to be listed on the packaging from the store or supplier? We bought 2 cases from Cost'mo and I inquired to the clerk as to whether the meat was enhanced, he didn't have a clue as to what I was talking about. These were cases of Smithfield baby backs. Suppliers in my area mostly have IBP, Excel, Smithfield and Hormel. We saw nothing on the boxes or cryovac packaging as to whether they were enhanced or not. Are there certain brands to stay away from in order to avoid enhancement?
If the ribs have anything other than ribs in the package (ie. broth solution), YES they must include the ingredients and the percentage of the solution they are enhanced with. Another way to tell if they are enhances is by the nutrion facts. Most fresh meats besides chicken and turkeys do not have the nutritional information listed. However, all enhanced meat does. This doesn't mean if the meat has a nutritional label on it that it's enhanced. However, read the sodium content on the nutitional facts label. Fresh meats are all below 100mgs of sodium, all enhanced meats sodium content will be around 300mgs of sodium. Hope this helps.
Anything way to tell if meat is enhanced is if the label says "Self Basting".