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  • Here’s What You Need to Know before Buying Meat Online

    Meat has traditionally been purchased offline at specialty meat markets, which showcase the meat of many different animals. Animal meat is prepared in specialized slaughterhouses and cut into smaller parts before being processed. Standard methods are used to process it. Processed and cooked meat is usually presented to the consumer, and the consumer can taste the product before paying for it. Such markets became common after significant development occurred in the areas of food preparation, processing, and sanitation practices. Most meat is always processed after it comes out because raw meat can be dangerous to eat. But even for meat that can be eaten or sold raw, a keen eye is usually required to determine its quality.

    Statistics suggest that online marketplaces are on the rise. From 2016 to 2020, retail e-commerce of all kinds has doubled in sales. The same is expected to continue even in the realm of marketplaces that sell fresh meat online. But in online stores, most of the traditional practices that people must do before buying meat are not possible. Unlike other food materials, concerns about food safety, quality, and shipping services must be resolved before buy meat online. Without best practices, consumers may purchase products that may be subpar at least and harmful at worst.

    Top Tips for Buying Fresh Meats Online

    Without proper practices, it is difficult to buy good quality meat products online, whether fresh or frozen. The consumer should do their homework before buying from an online store. The most common method people use to find a good store is to ask other people for information. However, there are other methods to investigate if one needs to. Delays in delivery, packaging, and how the overall process is handled tell us a lot about how good the online store is for consumers. The following are some of the things you need to understand before buying fresh meats online.

    Herd Management Practices

    When purchasing meat or steak, it is important to know how the animals are treated before and during the slaughter process. This information must be present on the store's website and must be easy to find. Illegal slaughterhouses exist and may use less than respectable methods to treat the herd of animals that will be used for meat in the future. It should also be noted that the animals must not be sick with any disease.

    Quality information

    The information presented in the online store should not be vague. The way the online store describes its products becomes important. Simply saying that the steak or other similar meat-related product is "grade A" or "high quality" is not that helpful. Purchasing fresh meats online should be done if the store can explain what goes into the quality assessment procedure. If the store uses a grading system like USDA and uses the terms there, it's probably safe to eat.

    Price vs Value

    This is a good thing to consider when shopping for anything online. Stores can often say they are selling valuable products when in fact they may not be following the correct processing steps. The consumer should research what practices are followed for each product to get an accurate picture of value. Of course, the price can also matter, but after determining the value of the meat, you can take advantage of the discounts to buy it.

    Fresh Meat vs Frozen Meat

    There are two types of meat, one fresh and one frozen. Fresh meat is difficult to transport and maintain, but it is healthier. Frozen meat should only be consumed when you, as a consumer, cannot afford the requirements that fresh meat imposes. Frozen meat is more sustainable as it has the ability not to spoil without bacterial or fungal infection. But fresh meat has more nutrients, is easier to cook, and is more delicious than its frozen version.

    Shipping practices

    Most meat products are perishable. That is why it is important for people to watch how they are sent. Packaging and temperature during shipping is one of the main things to look for. Fresh meat cannot be stored without a freezer for long periods of time. This is why it is also important to investigate the possible delay. If the consumer suspects that any delay is evident, he should carefully delve into his options.

    Reputation and References

    Testimonials from other customers can be incredibly helpful in deciding how and where to shop online. The same applies to buying online meat delivery Coimbatore. The online store is likely to have social media accounts where customers can give their reviews. Checking the reviews on these social networking sites can give you an idea about the value in the store. It's even better if you have contact with someone who regularly shops at the store.

    The good news in all of this is that there are plenty of stores selling meat online, and consumers can with little help. This has become even more important due to the ongoing epidemic. Meat can easily be a carrier of disease. Shipping practices must be further strictly controlled under these terms. Consumers should only shop at stores that have efficient security protocols in place for their delivery drivers. Contactless forms of payment must be practiced by consumers. Eating raw meat should be avoided as much as possible because it could be dangerous.


    In today's era, all food including meat can be purchased online. Therefore, it is helpful to understand what goes on behind the scenes with meat processing when making decisions about buying fresh meats online. By practicing good shopping practices, convenience can be increased without compromising safety.

    About Us

    Fipola Retail India, a South India based, omnichannel meat D2C (Direct to consumer) meat and seafood retail brand was founded in December 2016. Redefining meat retailing in the country by delivering premium products and best in class customer service within a hygienic and convenient shopping environment was always the mission of Fipola.

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