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« on: August 01, 2007, 08:03:17 AM »

Safeway Pulls Product Packaged In CO

Congress asked, and Safeway complied.

The nation's largest retail chain announced Wednesday it will no longer stock meat packaged in carbon monoxide gas, a substance that enhances the "bloom" of fresh product.

The action is in response to a letter Reps John D. Dingell and Bart Stupak, both Michigan Democrats, wrote Safeway in June requesting that it pull CO-enhanced meat product from its shelves. Dingell and Stupak also reportedly wrote to three meat processors that supply the product, requesting they discontinue it.

In a letter to Dingell and Stupak, Safeway Senior Vice President Michael McGinnis indicated that while the retailer believes the format is safe, owing to the fact that it contains only trace amounts of CO, it may nonetheless "have raised concerns with customers who do not have the benefit of the background on this process and may be confused."

Stupak told reporters Wednesday that the process is "deceptive," since consumers use color to evaluate the freshness of meat product.

Safeway indicated that only a "limited selection" of its meats are packaged in CO. All such product was pulled from shelves Tuesday, save for lamb and veal, which will be pulled from shelves on July 27.


Source: John Gregerson on 7/19/2007 for
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