Shocking News About Meat

Buyer beware: 'Fresh' meat may be preserved with carbon monoxide and diluted with salt water.



Salted Pumped Meat HI
Meat packed with gases, including carbon monoxide, isn’t labeled as such, but you can spot it through the packaging--it tends to be sturdier, with a clear plastic overwrap that doesn't touch the meat. While this package is labeled “All Natural” and "100% Fresh," the meat has been gas-packed.
MATTHEW T. STALLBAUMER
Meat Processing Illustration
Two of the biggest trends reshaping America's meat supply are gas packaging and brine injection systems.
DAVE CHANNON
Salted Pork HI
This pork tenderloin was injected with “up to 30 percent of a flavoring solution.” In addition to high levels of sodium, the solution also contains many additives and preservatives.
MATTHEW T. STALLBAUMER
Salted Beef HI
Since beef color is no longer a reliable freshness indicator, buyers need to be aware of other signs of spoilage, such as surface slime and foul odors.
MATTHEW T. STALLBAUMER











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