(WXYZ) - With beef prices going through the stratosphere, chicken is more popular than ever this year.
Unfortunately, a new report says labels can be deceiving, and you may be paying extra for a pack of chicken that's no different from a cheaper brand.
Whether you are buying whole fryers, boneless, thighs, or wings, the chicken aisle at your grocery store is a confusing place.
But a new report in AOL Daily Finance says many of the labels are meaningless.
Terms to Watch For
It says "farm raised" has no meaning. All chickens are farm raised.
Another is "natural." There are no laws specifying what that means.
Also beware "free range." That could still mean a small penned-in area.
And "hormone free:" The FDA prohibits hormone injections into chicken, so as long as it's from the US it is hormone free.
Doesn't That Stink
And from the doesn't that stink file, the most confusing label of all: "added broth."
As we found out in a recent consumer investigation, "added broth" means added salt water. Some chickens have as much as 20% extra water. Doesn't that stink?
You may want to look for chicken that says "no added water."
One way to ensure you are getting fresh chicken is to visit a local butcher shop, that deals with local farms.
Of course, there is no way to guarantee their chicken is truly organic or free range.
But if it's a butcher you trust, you have a good chance of getting what you pay for so you don't waste your money.