[eye appeal is buy appeal.]
Boy is that the truth! Great way to say it POPS
Some meat cutters pack there grinds tight to fit more meat into the tray. Usually a management based decision. Losely packing ground beef will keep the dreaded "brown beef monster" at bay for a while,and makes for a pretty package.
Always trust your nose! With all the different variables ( colored lighting,loose packed meat, extra lean frozen bullmeat added)ground meat can look very nice most of the time. If It smells funny?....it might make your tummy feel funny!
Ever smell some of that prepackaged ground meat that you can get at those big Mart type stores???you know ...the ones that don't have meat cutters on hand to ask questions to?
Just as you slice open the packaging get your nose right up close and take a whiff
??? MMMM does it smell fresh???
Morel of the story....find a trustworthy butcher or buy your own grinder.