SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — Beef steaks, lamb, even hamburger — Jim Fogle can pretty much tell you anything you’d want to know about every cut of meat for sale at his Central Coast Butcher shop, J & R Natural Meats.
“Which ranch it came off of, when it was harvested, what kind of grass it ate, pretty much anything you would want to know,” said Fogle.
Most grocers — and by extension consumers — probably don’t know that kind of detail.
The meat production trail can get murky once it gets to the processing plant but a small yet growing number of suppliers and processors is turning to mobile slaughterhouses. In the process, they’re making the road from farm to table very direct.
In Jim Fogle’s case, nearly every cut of meat he sells was processed inside California’s only Mobile Meat Processing Unit or MPU. It’s a specially-designed, USDA-inspected truck…
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