I Miss Izzy Cohen and Choice Beef


Most of you reading this don’t know have idea who Izzy Cohen was, but I’m telling you, we all miss him here in the Washington DC area. He was the top banana at Giant Food for years, and built that small chain into a wonderful company.

Customer service, cleanliness, good food, these were the things Izzy believed in — and made happen at Giant Food everyday.

Then he died, the company was sold, and frankly, has gone down hill ever since.

Here is the latest and it’s so crazy I checked it twice, because I thought maybe I was being scammed, but no, it’s true.

Just this week, they decided to stop grade labeling the beef at Giant!

I’m not kidding; they actually decided in-house to strip all the beef packages of their USDA grade (like Choice or Select) and just put a label on every package that says. ”USDA Graded.”

I know this sounds like a joke because that isn’t even legal, but they did it. Mind you, they didn’t ask to do this, they just did it.

Of course the FDA has pointed out to these corporate geniuses (after the complaints started rolling in) that this shameless attempt to mislead the public is not allowed and they plan to remark with the proper grades — all the meat at Giant stores this week – but it won’t help me any. Once a place goes to lengths like this to deceive me, I’m not going to shop (and eat) the food they sell anymore.

When Izzy was around, this never would have happened.

Now, with Harris Teeter and Wegman’s in the market, and of course the wonderful Aldi stores (very inexpensive) why should people patronize a corporate giant cold bloodied enough to pull a scam like this? I shop for the beef in our house and that Choice label is something I typically pay an extra $1 a pound for, that’s how important it is.

Attempting to mislead thousands of customers, on purpose, was a Giant mistake, that probably has old Izzy spinning a few turns in his grave.


About karlspain

20 year Newspaperman. Lifelong Inventor. Wrote 2 books so far, working on more. The Revelation, 1st book, about your brain & the universe, and math. Hooked together! God I trust, America I love, 2nd book, is the biography of Aris Mardirossian, a great man. Also owned a software company, an IT integration company, a gas station and a fuzzy logic software title along the way.
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