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FSA launches consultation into shelf-life guidance for vacuum and modified atmosphere packed chilled beef, lamb and pork

This six-week process follows the agreement of a joint statement by the FSA, industry and other partners, which commits to a re-examination of the current guidance and 10-day shelf-life

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has today launched a formal six-week consultation with key stakeholders to inform a review of the guidance on the safety and shelf-life of vacuum and modified atmosphere packed (VP/MAP) chilled beef, lamb and pork.

Currently, the FSA guidance 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. 

This summer the FSA, industry and other partners signed up to a joint statement, committing to working together to review the existing guidance and consider possible changes.

For more information about the consultation and to take part, visit the FSA consultation webpage.  The consultation will close on 11 November 2020.