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The Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal reports that Target Stores is teaming up with Hormel Foods and Cargill “to place labels on meat letting consumers know when food been treated with a gas to make it look fresher.” The new program could begin as soon as later this month.

A number of companies have been criticized for treating their meat with carbon monoxide, which is used to help meat retain its red color.

The labels will say: "Color is not an accurate indicator of freshness. Refer to use or freeze by [date]."

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