Senator Cap Dierks of Ewing has asked the Nebraska Department of Agriculture to investigate whether food retailers are relabelling packaged meat in order to push back the sell-by dates. Dierks' move comes in response to an NBC report the claimed some of the US' largest grocery stores routinely repackage and re-date meat. He likened the relabelling of meat to mileometer fraud, although he conceded the TV report may have overstated the threat to food safety.