Many consumers believe that the meat in the meat counter is the freshest. Usually this is the case because of the red, juicy color of the beef. BUT, did you know that many times grocery stores treat the beef with carbon monoxide to stabilize the color? The carbon monoxide treatment lasts weeks. So that ribeye you bought from the meat counter for your family and friends, may actually be several weeks old. And not just that, your feeding your family and guests chemicals. Just something to consider.