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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

As American as Red Meat and Carbon-Monoxide....

FDA Is Urged to Ban Carbon-Monoxide-Treated Meat

Picture two steaks on a grocer's shelf, each hermetically sealed in clear plastic wrap. One is bright pink, rimmed with a crescent of pearly white fat. The other is brown, its fat the color of a smoker's teeth.

The meat industry knows the answer, which is why it has quietly begun to spike meat packages with carbon monoxide.


But the growing use of carbon monoxide as a "pigment fixative" is alarming consumer advocates and others who say it deceives shoppers who depend on color to help them avoid spoiled meat. Those critics are challenging the Food and Drug Administration and the nation's powerful meat industry, saying the agency violated its own rules by allowing the practice without a formal evaluation of its impact on consumer safety.


Much is at stake. The U.S. market in "case ready" meats -- those packaged immediately after slaughter, eliminating the need for butchers at grocery stores -- is approaching $10 billion and growing, said Steve Kay of Cattle Buyers Weekly, which tracks the industry from Petaluma, Calif. Tyson Foods, for example -- one of three meat packagers that has received a green light from the FDA to use carbon monoxide -- just opened a $100 million plant in Texas to churn out more case-ready "modified atmosphere" packaged meats, Kay said.

No one knows how much carbon-monoxide-treated meat is being sold; the companies involved are privately held or keep that information secret. But the potential is seen as great. The new technology "will finally make this the case-ready revolution, rather than the case-ready evolution," said Mark Klein, director of communications for Cargill's meat business.

from washington post [via david sirota]

Yeah they really should keep that a secret from the people that eat that crap. Man, I love me a steak, well I used to. This is very familiar to the ongoing argument over irradiating beef to "tenderize" the side. Monsanto and Cargill have WAAAAAYYYYY too much juice with the FDA and the ag agency that's supposed to be looking out for our health. I guess We the People stopped being the customer a long time ago.
We the peeps stopped being citizens and started being consumers - that's the real problem.

This is right up there with food irradiation - no one knows what the long term effects of treating food with spent nuclear fuel will be either - but dammit we're gonna do it anyway.

I'm betting a certain vegetarian in Lancaster is feeling a little smug.
Yeah, he's laughing all the way into the livingroom with his veggie burger and soy milk. I prefer chewing on cardboard. The ink printing is tastier.
I drink rice milk.

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If you like cardboard look no further then the cereal isle in your local grocery store. In order to beef up their products among of fiber cereal makers use chemically treated cellulose. Wood pulp. Of course you body can not use that kind of fiber in anyway but at least it raises the fiber stats on the side of the box!!!
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