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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Mr Malone said: "The shops often rely on their suppliers collecting the food by the sell-by date - but legally it's their responsibility and the shopkeepers are the ones who are liable.
The food included meat, soup, pasta sauces and yoghurt, some of which were six days past their sell-by date.
An undercover reporter for BBC1's Whistleblower programme has claimed she found two supermarkets ignored sell-by dates and repackaged old food at reduced prices.
Spar, in Heol Llanishen Fach, Rhiwbina, Cardiff, was selling food including quiche, cheese and milkshake between one and 10 days past their sell-by date.
A sandwich-seller has been ordered to pay pounds 1,135 after he was caught selling food past its sell-by date.
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The court heard that in June this year he sold a packet of Bernard Matthews chicken which was 14 days past its sell-by date. Four days later a council trading standards officer was sold a packet of sausages which was four days out of date.
A store has been ordered to pay almost pounds 6,000 in fines and costs because food in a chiller cabinet passed its sell-by date.
A survey by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland found 23% of them placed a sell-by date on raw chicken fillets which had no basis in fact.