McDonald’s is selling thousands of meal items past their ‘best before’ dates after the chain was forced to close due to the pandemic.
The fast-food company closed all its 1,350 restaurants in March after the UK was plunged into lockdown for the first time. It then began to reopen in June, and is now continuing to use products from it’s period of closure to ensure there is no food waste.
Images shared by The Sun show boxes of chicken items with a ‘best before’ date of September 7 printed on the side.
However, the McDonald’s has now said their food is safe to eat until it reaches their ‘use by’ date, when they are then binned by the company.
A spokesperson for the company explained that their supply chain usually sets their ‘best before’ dates for a much shorter interval than the required ‘use by’ dates, but said they’ve now been extended to prevent food wastage amid the pandemic.
They went on: ‘While preparing to reopen restaurants earlier this year, we extended best-before dates on a small selection of frozen products to reduce waste. These will all be used comfortably within their use by date.
‘We worked closely with suppliers to ensure safety and quality were not compromised in any way by this extension.’
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