McDONALD’S is selling off thousands of meals a day using food more than a month past best before dates.
The fast-food giants are using stocks up after all 1,350 restaurants shut in March’s lockdown, with most of its outlets having received chicken and other frozen items from partner Martin Brower’s four UK depots.
All are safe until they reach their “use by” date when they must be disposed of by law, however, customers questioned why the company did not tell its 3.8million daily customers they are being served food with a ‘Best Before’ early September date.
PR expert Blair Metcalfe said McDonald’s could be praised for not wasting food — but may have missed an opportunity.
He said, “Supermarkets discount or give away food close to best before dates. Why didn’t McDonald’s do that?”
The fast-food giant said, “To control stock levels, McDonald’s supply chain sets internal best before timeframes much shorter than the required ‘use by’ dates for products.
“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.