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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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Steve Murrells, of the Co-op, said: "If you've got food in the fridge and it's one day past its sell-by date it's fine.
The health services published a list of products found in the warehouse whose sell-by dates could be falsified.
Each package has a Sell-By date of May 13-July 1 and bears the establishment number EST.
Do not eat Mauri Gorgonzola with sell-by dates of 01/13/11 and 01/14/11.
Best-before and sell-by dates "muddy the waters" and products should only have use-before dates to clarify the system, a Food Standards Agency spokeswoman said.
THE majority of people are happy to eat food after its sell-by date, a poll out yesterday revealed.
She claimed the sell-by date system to ensure the freshness and quality of food could easily be changed by staff, who would wipe out existing dates and write in later dates.
Mr Bennett said some of the goods displayed 'Whoops' stickers, meaning staff had previously reduced them because products were nearing their sell-by dates.
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
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.
Since the products involved in the recall have passed their sell-by dates, Giant Eagle encourages consumers to check their refrigerators and freezers for product that may have been recently purchased, but not yet consumed.