WASHINGTON — The leaders of two congressional committees have asked Pleasanton, Calif.-based Safeway to defend the practice of selling meat in low-oxygen modified atmosphere packaging containing carbon monoxide, a gas that retards spoilage and causes meats such as ground beef to appear fresher longer. Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., chairman of the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, sent ...

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