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Old 01-24-2008, 11:21 AM
 
Location: a nation with hope
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Just heard a repeat of a radio program (Clark Howard) that ran in December timeframe, so this is not new news...but it's the first I've heard of it.

It appears the FDA, "through corruption or mistake" (Howard's words) has approved the inejection of carbon monoxide gas into packaged meats to keep them looking their freshest. Evidently the gas keeps the meat looking its best, even as it approaches its last sale dates. However, there is no requirement for the retailer to label it accordingly.

He reported that Target has been using the gas with its meats, and is now considering labeling as such (perhaps because of increased public awareness).

I had never heard of this before, and don't buy meat at Target anyway, but it makes me wonder how many other retailers might be using CO to improve the appearance of their meats, and not telling us about it.

Thanks, FDA.
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Old 01-25-2008, 09:18 AM
 
Location: North Adams, MA
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Originally Posted by southward bound View Post
Just heard a repeat of a radio program (Clark Howard) that ran in December timeframe, so this is not new news...but it's the first I've heard of it.

It appears the FDA, "through corruption or mistake" (Howard's words) has approved the inejection of carbon monoxide gas into packaged meats to keep them looking their freshest. Evidently the gas keeps the meat looking its best, even as it approaches its last sale dates. However, there is no requirement for the retailer to label it accordingly.

He reported that Target has been using the gas with its meats, and is now considering labeling as such (perhaps because of increased public awareness).

I had never heard of this before, and don't buy meat at Target anyway, but it makes me wonder how many other retailers might be using CO to improve the appearance of their meats, and not telling us about it.

Thanks, FDA.
Yes, it is true. The details are here:

FDA Is Urged to Ban Carbon-Monoxide-Treated Meat

It is my opinion that the FDA and USDA long ago stopped looking out for consumers, and became defenders of Corporate Progress and Profits. Their actions (and lack of action) over the past seven years seem to back this assertion up.
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Old 01-25-2008, 05:33 PM
 
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There are a ton of things that are unhealthy about meat so just don't eat it or eat it that often.
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Old 01-28-2008, 01:04 AM
 
Location: Knoxville,TN
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Just like the Govt... I am sure they will mandate catalytic converters for meat now. To reduce this deadly gas emmision.
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Old 01-28-2008, 08:16 AM
 
Location: In a house
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The FDA is a money making machine. There is no money to be made by protecting the consumers....I don't even want to get started on the FDA!!! They are bought and paid for!!!
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Old 01-29-2008, 12:16 AM
 
Location: North Cackelacky....in the hills.
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It is because people have come to believe meat is supposed to be bright red.

Same with tuna,it turns brown when exposed to air.
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Old 01-29-2008, 12:06 PM
 
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It is because people have come to believe meat is supposed to be bright red.

Same with tuna,it turns brown when exposed to air.
True. It's the same with fruits and veggies. Producers have found ways to hasten the ripening, and enhance the color. And, we accept it.
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Old 01-29-2008, 12:21 PM
 
Location: North Cackelacky....in the hills.
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Eggs as well,the difference between an egg from a chicken you yourself have and those in the store is night and day,both in color and more importantly taste.

Same for meat you raise yourself although I have no direct proof of this....yet.
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Old 01-29-2008, 12:36 PM
 
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If you raise chickens (eggs), beef or even fruits and veggies you learn the difference. And yes, there is a big difference. For some it's difficult to get use to the new and different taste because it is different. But once you do get use to it or were raised on it you'd never want to go back to the store bought if not necessary!! And home grown and raised certainly does look and taste so different!!!
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Old 01-29-2008, 12:47 PM
 
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My wife is the gardener,she loves to grow veggies and the difference in taste is amazing.
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