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FSA consults on shelf-life guidance for vacuum and modified atmosphere packed chilled meat

BY Michelle Sneyd
Health & Safety

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a consultation to review the guidance on the safety and shelf-life of vacuum and modified atmosphere packed (VP/MAP) chilled beef, lamb and pork. The consultation is expected to last for 6 weeks, closing on 11 November.

The FSA guidance currently advises that the maximum shelf-life of VP/MAP chilled beef, lamb and pork should be 10 days, unless suitable controls are in place to appropriately reduce associated risks. Some representative bodies are asking for the shelf life to be extended to 21 days

The FSA and key stakeholders, including The British Retail Consortium and Chilled Food Association, signed up to a joint statement during the summer, committing to working together to review the existing guidance and consider possible changes.

For more information about the consultation, visit the FSA consultation webpage.  

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