sell-by date


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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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They include corned beef, ham, ham shanks, hog head cheese, pastrami, roast beef, tasso pork and turkey breast with Sell-By dates between May 13 and July 2, the company said.
Raw Beef Inside skirt steaks in a Styrofoam tray with sell-by dates between 5/4 and 6/20
MORE than a quarter of sandwiches and ready-to-eat foods sold in corner shops in Wirral were found to be past their sell-by dates, according to Trading Standards inspections.
The food included meat, soup, pasta sauces and yoghurt, some of which were six days past their sell-by date.
Shopkeeper Marco Zeraschi called in the inspectors after Cardiff mum Kelly Watton bought a chocolate nougat bar that appeared to be 23 years past its sell-by date.
Five items in the cabinet at the Kwik Save store in Blyth were found to be up to eight days past their sell-by date when food inspectors called, magistrates at Bedlington Law Courts were told.
The group is also working on introducing chips embedded in food packaging alerting staff to items close to their sell-by date.
The sisters, who make wafers and liqueurs and bind books to earn a modest income, have had to put a one-year sell-by date on their boxes.
Trading standards officers who carried out inspections at the Kwik Save stores in Binley Road and Walsgrave Road in July last year+ identified items up to a week past their sell-by date, city magistrates heard yesterday.
SHOPPERS could be buying chicken past its sell-by date, it emerged yesterday.
Darren Burleigh, defending, said the company took its responsibilities to its customers very seriously and had strict procedures in place to ensure, as far as possible, that food past its sell-by date was removed from the shelves.