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The shelf life of meat, according to the Food Standards Agency

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published a new Shelf Life Guide for Meat. The revised guide covers fresh modified atmosphere vacuum-packed beef, lamb, and pork sold in American supermarkets. It does not apply to meats subject to further processing, such as chopping, cooking, or mixing with other ingredients such as herbs, spices, or curing salts.

The current guideline was updated in 2017 establishing a shelf life of 10 days for fresh meat. Now, food companies can set a shelf life in accordance with their existing food safety management systems, in the same way that they do for other types of food.

The shelf life date of a product will be subject to the company providing supporting evidence to the FSA and local authorities to justify it.