It’s the bargain of the century - a luxury pork leg roast marked down to just $2.35.
Reduced from $23.58 by a whopping 90%, one savvy shopper picked up the budget find from her local Coles in Fletcher, NSW - revealing the find on the fabulous Markdown Addicts Australia Facebook group.
The top-of-the-range free range pork had been radically reduced due to the best before date on it - which was December 21, the same day that the bargain hunter purchased it.
‘Winning!’ she wrote. ‘Straight in the freezer for Christmas Day!’
She added: ‘I had to take a double look as I was quickly passing through and went back to check price. Went straight in the shopping basket!’
The bargain find was applauded by many fellow Markdown Addicts Australia followers, who were blown away by the pre-Christmas score.
‘Best bargain I’ve ever seen, well done!’ said one. Added another: ‘Cheapest Christmas dinner ever! Always pays to look again. Enjoy.’
Said one more: ‘Aww I never ever get bargains like this!’ And another: ‘Why can’t this be me?!’
However one suggested that she wouldn’t the meat - even after freezing it - given that it was bought on the day of the best-before date.
‘Too risky for me,’ the follower wrote.
But the shopper in question responded that she’d checked out the budget pork and was very happy with it.
‘I actually opened it to check and it smelt perfectly fine,’ she responded. ‘So fine in fact my cats were swarming around it haha. So wrapped in cling wrap and in the freezer.’
The CSIRO reports that it’s not an offence to sell a product on or after its ‘best before’ date - but it is to do so with a product after the ‘use by’ date has expired.
‘The term "Use by" is specifically for foods that will have a food- safety risk after a specified storage period,’ it says. ‘The term "Best before" applies to all other food products. Under normal circumstances of hygienic handling and storage, uncooked meat and meat products will be spoiled before an unacceptable food-safety risk arises.’
It adds: ‘In general, chilled product kept below 7C does not support the growth of food-poisoning organisms that are a significant hazard on raw meat. The exception is Listeria monocytogenes because it may grow slowly at temperatures below 7C. Listeria is not regarded as a hazard associated with fresh meat but could be a hazard on some sliced processed meats or other cooked meats with extended shelf lives.’
Good to know! For more bargain finds, make sure you head over to the awesome Markdown Addicts Australia page here - you’ll love it!