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BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 22 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:j
  1. Diane Roberts, deputy director
  1. Public Health Laboratory Service, London

    I often see shops selling, at a considerable discount, canned foods, alcohol, chocolate, etc, many months after their sell by dates. When do these become unsafe to consume?

    The “sell by” date is the date beyond which the manufacturer or producer will not guarantee that the quality of the product is at the level desired. The terms “best before” or “use by” are now required by the Food Labelling (Amendment) Regulations. …

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