Food Standards Agency extends shelf-life for chilled beef, pork and lamb

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CHILLED MEAT has been granted an increased shelf life of 13 days following a UK-wide consultation.

The Food Standards Association has revised its 10-day use-by rule for vacuum and modified atmosphere packed fresh beef, lamb and pork, in a move which is hoped will benefit both consumers and industry.

Moving away from the previous ‘one size fits all’ system should help reduce unnecessary food waste, whilst not compromising food safety, said the FSA.

Households in the UK throw away 240,000 tonnes of beef, pork and poultry products (not counting bones and fat) on an annual basis, according to British charity WRAP, which works with businesses to reduce waste.

By Claire Taylor
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