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Brooklyn-based grocer Union Market, which plans to open its first Manhattan location this fall, promises to bring its customers only the highest-quality meat. But according to the New York Post, it doesn't always deliver. An anonymous beef supplier tells the paper that he often sells the grocer low-grade "commodity meat," and the Post says it has the invoices to back up his claims.
If the accusation is true, it's not just an issue of customers getting less than their money's worth. Union Market promises that its meat is all-natural and free of hormones and antibiotics, so it appeals to Brooklynites who are trying to eat ethically. The Post's anonymous butcher says that his meat doesn't meet any of those qualifications. For his part, Union Market co-owner Marko Lalic calls the accusation "absolutely outrageous." He told the Post "There is no truth to it whatsoever" and promised to launch an internal investigation.
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