Discovered: How long you can keep Coles fried chicken as an unknown detail on the label

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How long can you REALLY leave fried chicken in the fridge – wife sees little-known details on the label of a Coles BBQ chook

  • A sharp-eyed customer who saw a small detail erased a store mystery
  • The Melbourne woman sees the expiration date on Coles’ hot chicken just a day later
  • Supermarket giant always has an expiration date, just one day after the roast is purchased

A keen-eyed customer has seen a little-known detail on a label of Coles’ hot roast chicken.

Melbourne shopper Lilian saw that her hot roast chicken’s best before date was the next day.

Lilian thought she could keep the hot chicken leftovers in the fridge for more than 24 hours, so took to Facebook to ask Coles about the label.

Melbourne shopper Lilian posted this use-by-label on Facebook to dispel a popular misconception.  Most people think you can keep the leftovers for a few days: you can't

Melbourne shopper Lilian posted this use-by-label on Facebook to dispel a popular misconception. Most people think you can keep the leftovers for a few days: you can’t

Coles also have a quiet free chicken deal if you know to ask: if hot roast chickens aren't available at certain times, you can get a voucher for a free chicken

Coles also have a quiet free chicken deal if you know to ask: if hot roast chickens aren't available at certain times, you can get a voucher for a free chicken

Coles also have a quiet free chicken deal if you know to ask: if hot roast chickens aren’t available at certain times, you can get a voucher for a free chicken

“Is it normal for the best before date to be one day after it has been cooked and bought?” she asked on Facebook.

Coles got back to her quickly.

“We can confirm that our BBQ chickens are best consumed within 24 hours, and there should always be a next-day expiration date on the labels,” said the retailer.

A spokesperson for the supermarket giant said 7 News that all labels on the hot roast chickens must always have an expiration date of the next day to ensure that the chicken is of the best quality.

Chicken should be eaten fairly quickly as it can harbor bacteria, such as Salmonella and Campylobacter, which can cause nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, fever and dehydration.

The Australian Chicken Meat Federation (ACMF) publishes guidelines for handling and storage of chicken meat on its website, saying cooked chicken should be refrigerated once the steam has evaporated.

“Leftovers should be immediately refrigerated or frozen if it is to be stored for more than one to two days,” says the ACMF.

Coles says it puts the best before date only one day after so the hot chickens are at their best

Coles says it puts the best before date only one day after so the hot chickens are at their best

Coles says it puts the best before date only one day after so the hot chickens are at their best

The Federation also warns consumers to heat leftovers before eating for at least 2 minutes to a minimum of 70C.

Food frozen below -18C should remain in near-peak condition for several months, although higher temperatures will shorten this time, according to Taste magazine.

Coles also has a little-known free chicken policy: If hot roast chickens aren’t available at certain times, you can get a voucher for a freebie to use within seven days.

Times may vary by store, so please check with the store. It is not available with Coles Online shopping.

USE-BY VS BEST BEFORE

Date markers indicate how long food can be stored before it spoils or becomes unsafe to eat

* The two types of markings are expiration dates and expiration dates.

* Foods that must be eaten before a certain time for health or safety reasons must have an expiration date.

* Food should not be eaten after the expiration date and cannot be legally sold after this date due to health risks.

* Most foods have an expiration date. After the best before date you can still eat for a while.

* Food with a best before date may be legally sold after that date, provided it is fit for human consumption.

* Foods with a shelf life of two years or more, for example some canned foods, do not need to be labeled with an expiration date. They can keep their quality for years and are likely to be consumed before they spoil.

Source: food standards

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