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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When it comes to sell-by dates, I make a decision based on smell.
Each package has a Sell-By date of May 13-July 2 and bears the establishment number EST.
Do not eat Mauri Gorgonzola with sell-by dates of 01/13/11 and 01/14/11.
Samantha Dorchell, for Middlesbrough Council, said food inspectors found two items on July 12 that had sell-by dates for July 11.
Raw Beef Briskets with plant inspection #969 (EST #969) with sell-by dates between 5/12 and 6/20
The watchdog yesterday warned butchers to be extra careful with their guidelines for sell-by dates.
He added: "There is no need for a sell-by date on them.
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.
The recalled products are Columbus, Alpine and Pocino brands that were distributed pre-sliced in three pound packages that bore a sell-by date of May 7, 1995.