BMPA welcomes FSA’s revision to shelf-life guidance for meat products

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The British Meat Processors Association has welcomed the decision by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to revise the guidance on fresh meat sell-by dates in line with the new scientific evidence.

Following years of scientific research, it has been proven that use-by dates can be safely extended beyond the current one-size-fits-all 10 day rule, which has led to a huge amount of quality produce that could have been eaten being thrown away each year.

The FSA’s decision was taken based on a combination of evidence that includes expert microbiological advice, epidemiological information on the occurrence of botulism and data on meat products gathered over many years from around the world. This review found no evidence of outbreaks of foodborne botulism related to these products globally.



by Iain Hoey

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