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What Big Agro Has Been Putting In Your Meat, Part 3

This article is a continuation of the article of the same name, published on 14 January and strives to make consumers aware of some of the toxic and deadly chemicals that are put on their food by the meat industry. These chemicals, combined with the nearly inescapable genetic modification and Roundup Ready genes that are found in non-organic meat and dairy are causing not only the extinction of several species of insects, birds, butterflies, and plants but are making the people who consume them sick as well.


Carbon Monoxide

About a decade ago there was a huge commotion about Big Meat using noxious gases such as carbon monoxide to give the meat an unnatural red color, even as the product was expiring on grocery store shelves. According to the American Meat Institute, the less-than-desirable brown color meat takes on after a few hours is as harmless as a sliced apple turning brown. But, similar to mercury lurking in tuna or ractopamine being tucked away inside beef, pork and turkey, Big Meat simply waited for the public’s concern to simply blow over, which it inevitably did as soon as the next shiny, news report came along. The “modified atmosphere packaging” using assorted gases on meat, is still a backbone of the meat processing industry and “safe and suitable” in meat production, according to a report by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.

According to the Food Safety and Inspection Service’s directive, the carbon monoxide is introduced through a master container whose intended use is for the bulk transportation of fresh meats. The meats are then repackaged in containers that do not have a “carbon monoxide modified atmosphere” before they are put out on grocery store shelves for sale. Under current United States regulations, meat processors are not required to label any meat that has been treated with carbon monoxide and the use of carbon monoxide in any food production is, of course, banned by the EU. There is currently a petition circulating, initiated by Michigan-based company Kalsec that is urging the FDA to rescind its 2004 decision to allow the use of carbon monoxide in meat packaging processes. Kalsec is arguing that the practice was approved only because the FDA used a formula referred to as “Generally Recognized as Safe”. Under the GRAS rule, the FDA accepts the companies own findings and reports without conducting any research or peer reviews on its own. Meaning if the company says that the product or process they use is safe, the FDA simply accepts it to be true.

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