Forbes Magazine is running
a two-part expose on the
latest food scam - selling high-priced steaks and meat for even
higher prices by labeling them "Kobe." The label "Kobe" became
synonymous with high quality beef after numerous reports about a
Japanese beef cow, grown in a small herd, that is intensively
nurtured to provide the tenderest meat. And, in fact, in Japan the
name "Kobe" is highly regulated and can be only be used for the
real Kobe beef. But the USDA has not allowed any Japanese beef to
be imported into this country in the last two years and, further,
has no regulations regarding the name "Kobe." So when you order
"Kobe" beef, there's no telling what you're getting.
And don't get misled by "Wagyu" or "Domestic Kobe Beef"
labels - they're also meaningless. Good steak should be
costly if it's prime and properly aged, but don't pay extra for a
meaningless label or, worse, pay for an inferior product because of
that same label.