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Metropolitan is SQF Certified
April 7, 2017
Metropolitan Meat, Seafood & Poultry is proud to announce it has become SQF-2 Certified from the SQF Institute. The SQF Program is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and links primary production certification to food manufacturing, distribution and agent/broker management certification. It is the only certification program to integrate a quality component as well as food safety.
Heightened consumer demand for increased food safety assurances moves down the chain with retailers and service providers asking suppliers to provide verifiable proof that robust food safety control systems have been effectively implemented. These systems must have been properly validated and show evidence of continuous monitoring procedures. This is where the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Program comes in.
Metropolitan received an outstanding grade on its recent audit. According to Metropolitan President Scott Willard, “It was truly a team effort that virtually everyone participated in. Not only did everyone’s commitment to excellence create marvelous audit results, it created noticeable improvements in every area and every department”.
SQF Level 2, which focuses on food safety, is a GFSI benchmarked scheme that is increasingly recognized within the food industry. As global food regulations evolve, SQF recognizes the need to keep pace with the changing regulatory requirements of the various countries in which certification is used. In general, the Preventive Controls requirements focus on preventing –verses reacting –to problems that can cause foodborne illness and apply to many US and foreign firms that manufacture, process, pack or hold human food. Becoming and maintaining SQF 2 certification is yet another indicator ensuring the consumer the food they are consuming has been handled in a safe and responsible manner.
Metropolitan becomes MSC-ASC Certified
March 15, 2017
Metropolitan Meat, Seafood & Poultry is proud to announce they have recently become a Certified Chain of Custody (CoC) Supplier of MSC and ASC seafood products. The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) are two of the largest and most recognized of the independent seafood industry governing standards.
The purpose of the certification is to contribute to the health of the world’s oceans by recognizing and rewarding sustainable fishing and to influence the choices people make when buying seafood. Certified products have been assessed and certified as “ecologically sustainable and fully traceable”.
The Marine Stewardship Council is an international non-profit organization established to address the problem of unsustainable wild-caught fishing and safeguard seafood supplies for the future.
To be MSC certified, fisheries are independently assessed by scientists and marine experts to ensure they meet their standard for environmentally sustainable fishing. Annual audits ensure that they maintain these standards. MSC certified fisheries minimize their impacts on the marine environment to ensure healthy, thriving oceans for the future. Processors, retailers and restaurants must ensure that MSC certified seafood is not mixed with uncertified product and can be traced back to a certified fishery.
The Aquaculture Stewardship Council aims to be the world's leading certification and labeling program for responsibly farmed seafood. The ASC's primary role is to manage the global standards for responsible aquaculture.
Bring Out the Corned Beef
March 6, 2017
Local Bishops have granted Catholics dispensation from abstaining from meat on St. Patrick’s Day. Amongst the local area Catholics that have been granted exemption are Washington DC, Baltimore, Arlington and Richmond as well as Catholics in Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Catholics who take advantage of the dispensation are encouraged to perform some other penance, such as abstaining from meat another day.
For Catholics, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence from meat. The norms concerning abstinence are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onward. In addition, Ash Wednesday (March 1, 2017) and Good Friday (April 14) are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence from meat for Catholics.
Hard Shell Lobsters have arrived from Nova Scotia
February 9, 2017
Fished in the cold, pristine North Atlantic waters off Canada, our hard shell Atlantic Canadian lobsters come from one of the most lucrative lobster areas in Nova Scotia, on Canada’s east coast. Caught using wooden or wire traps by local independent harvesters, our lobsters are great tasting and have high meat content.
Lobsters generally grow out of and then shed their shells once a year in a process called moulting. As the shells grow back, they're soft, making the lobster easier to hurt — and harder to store and ship. A late moult means those shells had less time to harden before the province's southwestern fishing season started, thus creating a dip in supply.
While hard-shell lobster meat is considered to be the tastiest, it is also proves to be the most nutritious. Soft-shelled lobsters lose nutrients as part of the moulting process and absorb considerable amounts of water. Hard-shelled Canadian Atlantic Lobster maintains all of its nutrition and provides the healthiest choice for consumers.
According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Nutrient Database, one cup of cooked lobster (approximately 145 grams) contains 129 calories, 1 gram of fat, 0 grams of carbohydrate and 28 grams of protein, as well as 2% of daily vitamin A needs, 7% of calcium and 2% of iron. Lobster is also a rich source of copper and selenium and contains zinc, phosphorus, vitamin B12, magnesium, vitamin E and a small amount of omega-3 fatty acids.
From chix to quarters to halves and two’s, Metropolitan has the hard shell lobster to excite your most fervent lobster fan. Get ‘em while they’re in - call your Metropolitan Sales Rep today!
Metropolitan Closed Holiday Mondays
December 8, 2016
In celebration of the Holiday Season, Metropolitan will be closed Monday, December 26th and Monday, January 2nd to allow our employees time to enjoy with their families. Please adjust your orders and delivery schedules accordingly. Wishing ALL of you a Safe and Happy Holiday Season…
Thanksgiving is Turkey Time
November 9, 2016
It’s time to talk turkey and Metropolitan has all your Thanksgiving and Holiday essentials.
Fresh or frozen, organic or all-natural, we have the turkey to feed your table. Our selection of mouth-watering hens and toms range from 8# - 30# (and up) and come from such local and responsible sources as Koch’s Turkey Farms and Bell & Evans.
Don’t forget about the gravy; we have Hale & Hearty ABF Turkey Gravy as well as frozen gizzards for you to add for texture.
No Thanksgiving meal would be complete without traditional bread stuffing. Once again we have trays of prebaked Stuffing in stock. A perfect marriage of herbed croutons, onion, celery and chicken broth; you just heat & serve.
Let’s not forget dessert. We have ready-made apple pie and pecan pie as well as pie filling (apple, pecan & fresh pumpkin) and pastry shells to make your own!
By the way, Metropolitan will be closed Thursday, November 24th and reopen Friday, November 25th.
There is plenty to be thankful for this year, and we want to thank all our customers and vendors for being part of the Metropolitan family.
Chinese visitors get a lesson on food safety
September 15, 2016
Metropolitan was honored to host a tour of our facility for members of China's equivalent to the FDA! From the Henan Province in China, they were here via an exchange program sponsored by our friends at the University of Maryland. UMD sent them to us due to the incredible high standards Metropolitan sets for our facility and our suppliers.
Metropolitan only buys from approved and audited suppliers that can provide high quality and sage food products. All poultry and Meat suppliers are subject to our USDA, HACCP program and are HACCP compliant. Metropolitan's superior buying standards, state of the art processing facility, and top notch employees ensure superb quality and flavor with each shipment.
The visitors were amazed and impressed with the level of food safety standards and attention to detail Metropolitan takes throughout its processing and warehouse facility.
Metro Closed Labor Day
August 5, 2016
In observance of the Labor Day holiday, Metropolitan Meat, Seafood & Poultry will be closed Monday, September 5th. Please plan your ordering/deliveries accordingly. Have a safe and happy holiday!
Olli deli meats join the Metropolitan line
June 1, 2016
Customers looking for the freshest, finest quality deli meat will be pleased to find Olli -brand now being carried by Metropolitan. The Olli artisinal slow-cured salami line is gluten-free and made with 100% vegitarian-fed, heritage-breed pork which was raised without antibiotics - ever. Varieties include: Genoa, Toscano, Sopressata, Calabrese, Norcino and Prosciutto. Olli deli meats will enhance any premium salami product slection.
SVO: Anitbiotic Free - Locally Raised
May 18, 2016
Metropolitan is proud to announce it is now carrying Shenandoah Valley Organic chicken. Antibiotic-free and locally raised, SVO chicken is fed an all-vegetable diet with no animal byproducts or antibiotics - ever. Humanely raised and certified Global Animal Partnership Step 2, add SVO chicken to your menu and your customers will apprecitate the healthy difference!
Grass Run Farms
March 28, 2016
We continue to expand here at Metropolitan Meat Seafood and Poultry! We are now glad to offer 100% Grass Fed Beef from Grass Run Farms. They offer a unique product that meets the highest possible standards, and that is why we offer it here at Metro.
Grass Run Farms beef is the only USDA graded, 100% grass fed beef on the market. There is no reason you should sacrifice taste and tenderness for a healthier beef. All of the cattle for this program are free range and have access to fresh grass and clean water supplies. The unique diet lends itself to a unique taste. The cows never eat any grain or corn.
Cows raised on 100% grass are much healthier to consume. They produce a leaner beef that is much lower in total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories. Grass fed beef also contains more heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids, conjugated linoleic acid which reduces heart disease and cancer risks, and more antioxidant vitamins like vitamin E. With more and more and customers looking for a healthier dining experience that is more humane for the animal, it just makes sense to have it on menus.
Snake River Farms American Wagyu is HERE!
March 23, 2016
Metropolitan Meat Seafood and Poultry is so proud to announce we are now carrying American Kobe Beef from Snake River Farms. Their beef comes from only the finest breed, the Wagyu cow. The Wagyu cow is a Japanese breed that has been specifically bred for generations to have intense intramuscular fat known in the steak world as marbling. This breed can be traced back as far as the 2nd century in Japan and was first imported into the US in the 1970’s and 80’s.
Snake River Farms is the premier producer of American Kobe Beef in the United States. Their beef is coveted by top chefs and served in top rated restaurants around the world, not just in the United States. They offer a huge selection of products from steaks, roasts, and even burgers! Snake River Farms beef features a buttery texture, complex flavors, subtle sweetness and a lingering finish.
We, at Metropolitan, had the pleasure to try this product for ourselves direct from Snake River Farms. All of our staff agreed that they were the finest steaks we had ever seen or tasted. It was a distinct dining experience that was unparalleled even for our most veteran team members. All of our salesman are now well versed in all things Wagyu and would be more than happy to answer any and all questions you might have.
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