It has been announced by food watchdogs that it is safe enough to eat eggs up to 2 days after their best before date.
The Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) move is designed to stop perfectly edible eggs being thrown away and wasted. However, supermarket chains may not be impressed by the move, who would prefer to see shoppers coming back for a fresh batch.
The Government and the Watchdog are working with the general public, food suppliers, cheap restaurant insurance providers and other businesses in the food industry, to try and reduce the waste and huge amount of safe food that is thrown away each year.
The FSA are officially telling families that eggs are safe to eat after their best before date, as long as they are cooked thoroughly. Although they cannot insist that stores remove the best before label.
At the moment, many consumers find both the ‘use by’ and ‘best before’ date confusing, which many packs of eggs are labelled with.
An FSA spokesperson said, “Apart from eggs, most foods can be eaten safely after the best before date, as this is mostly about quality rather than safety.
“Past this date, it doesn’t mean the food will be harmful, rather that its flavour, colour or texture might begin to deteriorate.
“However, it is still important to remember that if food has a use by date, then it shouldn’t be used after this date as it could put your health at risk.”
The watchdog added, “Previously, the advice was that eggs should not be eaten after their “best before” date, as eggs can sometimes contain salmonella bacteria.
“If salmonella is present in eggs, it could multiply to high levels and cause food poisoning. But salmonella contamination levels in UK-produced eggs are low, and salmonella is killed by thorough cooking.
“This is why the advice is now that eggs can be eaten after their best before date, as long as they are cooked thoroughly until both yolk and white are solid, or if they are used in dishes where they will be fully cooked, such as a cake.”
This probably means that my usual Saturday dippy eggs won’t be safe to eat after their use by date.