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The East Bay Business Times reports that the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations have asked Safeway Inc. “to defend its practice of selling meat treated with carbon monoxide.”

According to the story, identical requests were sent to Tyson Foods Pactiv Corp. and Precept Foods.

"American consumers deserve to know that when they purchase food that looks fresh and safe, it actually is," Rep. John D. Dingell (D-Michigan), chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, said in a statement. "We want to hear from Safeway and its meat suppliers about the precautions, warnings and other protections they have put in place to prevent consumers from unknowingly purchasing spoiled or contaminated foods."

The use of carbon monoxide to slow spoilage was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) three years ago.

Safeway did not comment on the story to the East Bay Business Times.
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