Diners who enjoyed Rishi Sunak's Eat Out to Help Out program have eaten meat, fish, and vegetables that are up to 18 months old
- The closure during the lockdown means the food industry has £ 20 million in surplus produce
- Government-approved changes to the best-before labels now enable sales
- Frozen meat, along with french fries and most vegetables, can hold for an additional 18 months
Guests using Chancellor Rishi Sunak's Eat Out to Help Out program may have eaten meat, fish and vegetables up to 18 months old.
The closings of restaurants and pubs during the lockdown mean the food industry is betting on £ 20 million of surplus produce.
Government-approved changes to the best-before labels now allow supermarkets to outsource their leftover products.
Government-approved changes to the best-before labels now allow excess product to be sold. Frozen beef, chicken, and lamb, along with french fries and most vegetables, can hold for an additional 18 months
Experts insist that this is safe and legal, but would like the Ministry of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to make the move known to guests.
Darren Goldney of the Unitas wholesale group said, "We don't want this situation, but these are exceptional times and stocks will hold for another six months."
Food that has passed its expiry date cannot be legally sold for health reasons.
Products with a best-before date can be eaten long after, as long as they have been properly stored.
Frozen beef, chicken, and lamb, along with french fries and most vegetables, can hold for an additional 18 months.
Frozen shrimp and salmon steaks are fine for another year too.
The British have eaten 35 million discounted meals under Chancellor Rishi Sunak's Eat Out to Help Out program, with half-price meals on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
James Bielby, executive director of the Federation of Wholesale Distributors, said, “If this food supply is good enough to go to charities, it's good enough for the rest of us.
"Defra must take the lead in solving this problem."
The British have eaten 35 million discounted meals under Mr Sunak's program, with half-price meals on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Defra urged food companies "to do everything possible to work through the current supply of food and avoid waste".
Champagne production has been cut 22 percent this year as the coronavirus slows demand for bubbles
By Jane Wharton for the Sunday Mail
It promises to be a vintage, but falling demand for champagne means much of the current harvest is rotting on the vine.
Growers and producers made the difficult decision to cut production by 22 percent this year.
David Faivre, a champagne maker from the French village of Belval-sous-Chatillon, said: “Champagne is synonymous with celebration. And the world doesn't do that right now. "
The decision to reduce production is even more painful as the grapes have good sugar and acid content and promise a vintage
Sales of the Fizz fell 30 percent in the first half of this year, but have picked up a bit since June.
About half of champagne sales take place in the last four months of the year.
In order to preserve the drink's luxurious reputation, the cartel of growers and growers who decide on the annual harvest has agreed to a sharp cut so that excess bottles don't stall.
This year there will be a maximum yield of 7.125 pounds of grapes per acre – the equivalent of 230 million bottles and the lowest yield in 35 years.
The decision is even more painful because the grapes have good sugar and acid content, which a vintage promises.
Thibaut Le Mailloux from the trade association Comite Interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne said: “We always need champagne to celebrate. What is not certain is consumer sentiment. "