The FSA’s announcement, which was hailed by the British egg industry, comes 23 years to the week after Edwina Currie, the then-Junior Health Minister, was forced to resign after she caused an infamous egg-related food scare.In early December 1988 Currie declared on television that “most of the egg production in this country, sadly, is now affected with salmonella”.In its new advice, the FSA said: “As part of a drive to cut food waste, we have revised our advice on using eggs after their ‘best before’ date.The advice now is that, providing the eggs are cooked thoroughly, they can be eaten a day or two after their ‘best before’ date.” The FSA’s previous advice stated that should not be eaten after their ‘best before’ date as they can sometimes contain salmonella which causes food poisoning.It's a question millions of us try to answer every day: How long is food safe to eat after its sell-by date has passed?On "The Early Show on Saturday Morning," dietitian Tanya Zuckerbrot, author of "The F-Factor Diet," shared some advice for this dietary dilemma and what the dates stamped on food products really mean.
You should use or freeze your chicken within one to two days of purchasing and meat within three to five days of purchasing.
An estimated 660,000 eggs costing £50 million are thrown out uneaten each year by British consumers because they have passed their best before date.
The new advice is part of an effort by the FSA to cut down on food wastage, which costs households an estimated £10 billion a year.
Freezing your poultry and meat can make these proteins last anywhere from nine to 12 months.
When freezing, it is important to make sure your poultry and meat is tightly wrapped in order to prevent it from freezer burn.