The Truth About Tare

Are You Paying Too Much for Meat?

What is Tare?

On October 9, 2008, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) eliminated the wet tare method used for determining net weight of poultry and meat products purchased by consumers.The wet tare method for determining net weight of poultry and meat products does not include liquids absorbed into packaging materials or free-flowing in the package as part of the net weight of the product for which you, as a consumer, are charged.

Where Did the Weight Go?

For example, if you purchased 4 lbs of chicken and get it home and the chicken only weighs 3 lbs, you may ask “Where did the other pound go?” The answer could be in the labeling. See if it says infused or injected or “chicken broth added”. The additional added ingredients, water, fat, whatever, could have soaked into the packaging padding during transport to the store. So while you may THINK you paid for 4lbs of chicken, you actually paid for 3lbs of chicken and 1 lb of soaked packaging padding.

Wet Tare Costs You Less Money!

The wet tare method for determining net weight of poultry and meat products does not include liquids absorbed into packaging materials or free-flowing in the package as part of the net weight of the product for which you, as a consumer, are charged.

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