Supermarket meat ‘fit to eat’ after 50 days, study finds

Supermarket meat ‘fit to eat’ after 50 days, study finds


Supermarket meat is fit to eat after up to 50 days on the shelf, scientific research has found, as sell-by dates could soon be relaxed.   Advances in food packaging means beef can stay fresh and safe for consumption for up to seven weeks, a report by the  British Meat Processors Association found, as long as it is chilled at 8 degrees C or below. 

Lamb can last 35 days while pork can last 25 days, it found.

This is despite official food safety regulations currently stating that meat must not have a sell-by date more than more than 10 days from the point of manufacture, unless the producer has sought special permission. 

It means thousands of tonnes of meat may be needlessly being thrown in the bin because consumers are being wrongly told it is unsafe to eat. 

Sell-by dates signal when food is no longer safe to eat, unlike best before dates which indicate food quality. Meat which is past its sell by date may cause food poisoning if eaten, even if it smells and looks fit to eat.

full story – The Telegraph

Katie Morley