“What is that smell?”
‘I’m cooking bacon because the avocados are all getting ripe.’
(I’m too smart to ask what ripe avocados have to do with bacon, but I persevere.)
“It doesn’t small like bacon.”
‘It’s Irish bacon. I got it on sale.’
“Hahaha! Irish bacon indeed. Is it green? (snicker)”
‘Yes. The man said it came in too late for St. Patrick’s day so it was on sale for $.25 a pound. He said Irish bacon might smell and taste a little different from American bacon.’
(I go look. It’s greenish gray and obviously bad.)
Where’s the package it came in? ( I look. It’s
Farmer John bacon and the date code is fine – but the package wasn’t sealed correctly and wasn’t airtight.)
“OK, toss that to the chickens. It’s not ‘Irish’. It’s rotten. The man at the store was having a little joke.”
So I looked up Smithfield brands. They produce pork in the US, they say. GMO pork from GMO feed crops.
What I didn’t know and what you may not know either is the name of the parent company which owns Smithfield: Henan Luohe Shuanghui Industry Group. The Chinese also own AMC movie theaters, Legendary Entertainment Group, GE Appliances, the Waldorf Astoria and a bunch of other high-end hotels,Riot Games, Ingram Micro, Motorola Mobility, etc…
I’m not suggesting the bacon is bad because a Chinese company owns all this. I’m suggesting that ‘Caveat Emptor’ applies at the grocery store.
Seriously…I like Nathan’s Famous hod dogs.