Tuesday, August 22, 2006
BEWARE! Spoiled Meat
Treated With Carbon Monoxide
Sold Across U.S.
July 26, 2006
Is that beef fresh?
If you think the reddest meat in the supermarket is the freshest--listen up. Your store may be selling beef that's packaged in a factory with small amounts of carbon monoxide.
Carbon monoxide won't hurt you, but it does keep the meat red for a longer period of time. The meat is supposed to have a shelf life of four weeks or even longer. Some chains, including Publix and Kroger, have refused to carry it, but plenty do. Typically it comes in deep trays with plastic across it that doesn't touch the meat.
Consumer Reports just tested meat that is packed in this manner. All the meat tested was within its sell-by date and was red, but that didn't mean it was fresh. Lab tests showed that two packages of ground beef out of 10 had spoiled, and one was about to spoil.
Originally from Consumer Reports
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