Monday, May 3, 2010

The Australian lamb sold at Costco Wholesale

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Editor's note: I wrote this post in May 2010, when I still ate meat and poultry. I haven't looked at Costco Wholesale lamb  for several years, but continue to buy grass-fed beef from Australia at ShopRite supermarkets for the meat-eaters in the family.


I've noticed that some readers arrive at Do You Really Know What You're Eating when searching for information on whether Australian lamb sold at Costco is raised with growth hormones. 

I'm providing the Internet link that will tell you everything you need to know about the lamb from Down Under.

As far as I know, all the Australian lamb sold at ShopRite, Costco and elsewhere in the United States  is supplied by the same ranchers, producers and exporters. 

American lamb producers say their costs are much higher and they have to sell conventionally raised meat for more money than the naturally raised, grass-fed meat from Australia. 

Be sure to click on "About us" at the link below:

Australian lamb Web site
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  1. I purchase lamb labeled from Australia at Publix in Florida, USA. I came across this website trying to find out if the lamb I purchase contains preservatives or additives. I would imagine it does considering it comes from such a long distance. I noticed last night that the lamb in the refrigerator that we had sliced for dinner had that familiar sheen I have seen on sliced roast beef and turkey when the animal has been given hormones. As much as I enjoy lamb I find this concerning in the respect that it seems very difficult to purchase anything these days that has not been fed hormones or that contains preservatives.

  2. Antibiotics and hormones aren't fed to sheep, cattle and other animals as preservatives, but to keep them from getting sick in crowded conditions and to make them grow faster. I don't think you can tell from what the lamb looks like after it is cooked. You should check the label to see if the lamb is grass-fed, a natural way to raise them. You should be able to find a Web site for Australian beef and lamb.

  3. The link to to the Web site is at the end of my post.

  4. From the website...

    Australian Lamb is:

    All Natural
    100% free-range Australian Lamb is all-natural, grass-fed, pasture-raised and free of artificial additives and hormone growth promotants—a pure product of its pure environment. Lambs graze on natural Australian grasslands throughout their lives. (If a regional drought occurs, local feeding may, by necessity, be temporarily supplemented with grain, usually wheat and/or oats until the drought is alleviated.)

    Australian Lamb is available to North American customers in a wide array of minimally processed product lines and cuts. Naturally lean, tender, mild-tasting Australian Lamb is a great addition to any meal occasion, with versatility and flavor that lends itself to many different cuisines.

    Served as grilled juicy chops, a tender roast or your own special creation, Australian Lamb presents a delicious variety of options that will delight your entire family at any meal.

    Australian Lamb is a healthy choice for any lifestyle—a naturally nutrient-rich food with high levels of zinc, Vitamin B12, iron, riboflavin and thiamin.

    - See more at:

  5. Why does australian lamb chops purchased at Costco taste like mutton and a bit off? Gmo? Hormones/antibiotics?

    1. Lamb chops have a distinctive taste, but none of the things you mention cause it. If the lamb chops come from sheep raised on grass, no GMOs would be involved. And you can't taste antibiotics or growth hormones; I don't know if they are used for Australian lamb.

      Anyway, I haven't eaten meat or poultry for about five years, and haven't had Costco lamb chops in that time.

      There are people who don't like to "taste" their food. They prefer white meat over dark meat, farmed salmon over wild. You may be one of them.

  6. I've eaten lamb loin chops all my life. The best tasting and reasonably priced have been the ones I get at Costco. They can't be beat. I don't know much about hormones or "organic" or whatnot, but I haven't grown horns or breasts so I'm not worried.

    1. OK, thanks. Stopped eating meat several years ago, so haven't looked at what Costco sells now.


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