Why is pork sometimes inconsistent?
By Bob Oros
Each processing plant has certain specifications for their fresh pork loins, pork butts, fresh hams, etc.
When buying on price alone and continually switching from one packer to another to save a few pennies you may end up with inconsistent quality due to the different quality specifications. The best solution is to stay with one packer and provide a consistent product for your customers. Also, if any inconsistency does become obvious, you can call the packer for assistence.
Each packer has different advantages and disadvantages, different value added products available such as special trim, boneless cuts, special packaging, etc.