Monday, July 31, 2006

Spoiled Meat Looks Fresh 8 Weeks After Sell-by Date

Attention, meat shoppers: Your supermarket may be selling ground beef and steaks packaged with gas that keeps it looking red for a month or longer. Consumer Reports tests found that meat packaged using that method stayed red even if it was spoiled. They tested 10 samples of locally purchased ground beef and steaks from three companies. We found that the meat appeared red even if it was spoiled or had bacterial counts that were close to indicating spoilage. By their use- or freeze-by date, seven samples were fresh but two packages of ground beef from one company were spoiled; an additional sample was on the brink of spoilage a day before the stamped date. Get more info - find out what you can do at your grocery

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