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Extended Shelf Life Fresh Burgers?

zackly | Jun 7, 201905:21 AM     1

Over the last several years there has been a proliferation of "Gourmet" fresh hamburgers @ my supermarket, ShopRite. They are generally mixtures of chuck, brisket, and sometimes short ribs. They are all pretty good. They are supposedly 100% beef with no preservatives added. I bought a package of Tajima brand burgers last week. They had a very extended use by date, ten days or more I think. I could understand this if they were vacuum packed (Cryovac, which they used to be) but these were in a Styrofoam tray with a sheet of clear plastic over top. Sure enough, when I used them five days later they were still pink and fantastic . When I buy regular pre-made fresh burgers, they are brown in a couple of days. How do you think they manage to keep them fresh? My guess is they are flushed with a gas, like nitrogen but I saw no mention of this on the packaging, although I doubt the government requires a label stating so. Here's a picture of another brand packed similarly.

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