Many grocery stores are putting new labels on their steaks to help keep consumers from getting sick.
According to NPR, these new labels state whether or not the cut of meat has been “mechanically tenderized.” This means that the meat has been put through a machine that cuts into the meat with blades in order to make it easier to chew.
The danger comes when bacteria, such as E. Coli is transferred from the outside of the meat to throughout the cut when it is sent through the tenderizer. The deeper the bacteria is inside the meat, the more difficult it can be to cook throughly enough to kill off the germs.
The decision to add this new label is one that is great for consumers, who otherwise could not be able to determine if the meat had been tenderized or not. When you shop for steaks in the grocery store, you will now be able to easily spot these cuts, which are also now labeled with instructions on how to properly cook the meat.