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sell-by date

Public health
The date labelled on most foods in developed countries, especially dairy products, which is usually about 2 weeks from the day the milk was pasteurised, and about 1 week before it expires. An estimated 8 million tonnes of food are needlessly thrown away a year in the UK because of too-strict an adherence to sell-by dates, prompting government food bodies to switch to the phrase “best before” as a way of encouraging people to eat food that might otherwise be prematurely thrown away.
 
Vox populi-UK
A popular term applied a tedious person, stale witticism, or other thing which has past his, her or its prime, as in ‘that joke is way past its sell-by date”.
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Asda CEO Andy Clarke said: "If something's just past its sell-by date and kept in a cold environment, I'd smell it to test whether to eat it.
Each package has a Sell-By date of May 13-June 9 and bears the establishment number EST.
Each package has a Sell-By date of May 13-July 2 and bears the establishment number EST.
But with a fifth of people throwing away all items past their sell-by date, we are wasting a lot of the food we buy.
A sandwich-seller has been ordered to pay pounds 1,135 after he was caught selling food past its sell-by date.
Raw Beef Inside skirt steaks in a Styrofoam tray with sell-by dates between 5/4 and 6/20
They also found examples where the sell-by date was obscured by the price label.
He added: "There is no need for a sell-by date on them.
TINNED SPAGHETTI: At the Soho Supermarket, in Handsworth, Birmingham, we spotted a 425g tin of Heinz spaghetti shapes with a sell-by date of January 1993.
The following product has sell-by dates of April 23 through May 7, 2007 and is being recalled at Safeway's Arizona stores:
The offences involved delicatessen-type foods which were up to a week past their sell-by dates.
MANY people seem happy to eat food after its sell-by date has expired, a poll out today says.