Regulators, Meat Packers Grilled Over Treated Meat

Law360, New York (November 13, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Democrats questioned U.S. regulators on the practice of treating packaged meat with carbon monoxide to preserve its fresh, red color at a Tuesday hearing before a congressional subcommittee.

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) called the food processing innovation “highly deceptive” in his opening remarks.

“The sole purpose of carbon monoxide packaging is to fool consumers into thinking that the fish and meat they buy is fresh,” Stupak said.

The witness list before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on oversight and investigations included representatives of the U.S....
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