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Tricks Of The Trade: How Swiss Butchers Extend The Shelf-Life Of Old Meat

Swiss butchers have a bit of leeway when it comes to aging meat. From mincing to marinating, there are several “tricks” they can legally employ to keep their products appealing – even after the meat’s sell-by date has expired.

Labels don't tell everything (basykes)
Labels don't tell everything (basykes)

GENEVA -- Every night, meat sections in Switzerland's supermarkets are crowded with dozens of leftover Irish beef fillets, "organic" Swiss beef rib eyes and so on. Their sell-by date has passed, but not their expiration date – which is usually one or two days later.

What's a butcher to do? Customers would no doubt prefer the dated meat be tossed in the trash. Legally speaking, however, the butcher – loathe to bin a small fortune worth of edible meat – has other options. Chopping, slicing, mincing, breading, marinating, cordon bleu-ing… It's a no-holds-barred fight when it comes to hiding the aging meat's unappetizing appearance and thus extending its shelf life.

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The Days After: What Would Happen If Putin Opts For A Tactical Nuclear Strike

The risk of the Kremlin launching a tactical nuclear weapon on Ukraine is small but not impossible. The Western response would itself set off a counter-response, which might contain or spiral to the worst-case scenario.

An anti-nuclear activist impersonates Vladimir Putin at a rally in Berlin.

Yves Bourdillon

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PARISVladimir Putin could “go nuclear” in Ukraine. Yes, this expression, which metaphorically means “taking the extreme, drastic action,” is now literally considered a possibility as well. Cornered and humiliated by a now plausible military defeat, experts say the Kremlin could launch a tactical nuclear bomb on a Ukrainian site in a desperate attempt to turn the tables.

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In any case, this is what Putin — who put Russia's nuclear forces on alert just after the start of the invasion in late February — is aiming to achieve: to terrorize populations in Western countries to push their leaders to let go of Ukraine.

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