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monder78
Poland

vocabulary query
 
 
Hello   dear fellow teachers ! 
What´s the meaning  of   blast in the sentence  : 
 Supermarkets usually blast their meat with carbon monoxide—the same deadly gas released in car exhaust—to make it red. 
Does it  mean they apply  carbon dioxide to achieve the effect of making meat  redder ? Thx in advance. 

31 Jan 2019      



cunliffe
United Kingdom

Well, I have never heard of this practice, but it sounds possible because apparently ... I´ve googled it and they do! Yuck! Yes, CO3 does make meat look redder; it affects the blood in some way, a scientist might know better. So, reading that sentence, I visualise them with pipes or something and strong gusts of gas coming out fast, hitting the meat. That is what ´blasting´ is. 

31 Jan 2019     



yanogator
United States

Yes, the phrase "strong gusts" that Lynne used is a good definition of "blast".
 
Bruce 

31 Jan 2019     



Aisha77
Spain

Hi ya!
Unfortunately, yes they do so. But MONOxide and DIOxide are not the same. They use monoxide not dioxide. They are different reactions so what they use in the meat is the same deadly gas you can find in a car. Did you find that statement in any book?  They talk about a practice that has being happening through the world for decades as in the supermarket they have such an amount of meat that to give it a way out they use this system. A pity, but true.
Have a great weekend ;)
Aisha 

31 Jan 2019     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

We should all be vegetarian, not much doubt about that:)

31 Jan 2019     



monder78
Poland

The sentence in question was found in an article about malpractices used by companies to boost  their sales. Thank you for   your   replies. I presume the  word was used to  make  the readers envisage   the  horrific practice. Cheers.

2 Feb 2019