Tyson scrapping CO packaging

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Tuesday, August 21, 2007

By September 7, Tyson Foods Inc. (Springdale, Arkansas) will have discontinued its use of carbon monoxide packaging due to a lack of customer demand.

According to a Tyson representative carbon monoxide (CO) packages represented only a very small percentage of case-ready beef and the decision to cease it is related to a lack of consumer demand, not to any food safety concern.

Tyson indicated its intentions in a letter written by Gary Sheneman, the company's vice president of business operations, to the House Energy and Commerce Committee (HECC) and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

The committee is investigating whether FDA and USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service are doing enough to ensure food safety.

Sheneman also indicated in the letter that it would take about five weeks to phase out the process. Customer notification and new packaging should be finalised by August 24, and by September 7 Tyson will cease the manufacturing and use of CO barrier trays.