Food can contain bacteria and lead to food poisoning if stored for too long or at the wrong temperature. Therefore, it is important to understand the different types of data and advice for food packaging. “We test the total bacteria we can find, and then we specifically try to find individual nausea that could be hidden, things like salmonella, bacillus and staph – all the things you would find if someone handled food incorrectly. If we look at the colonies here, it is clean and there are no more bacteria on it than on the sample of fresh and clean dates. All samples are clean and everything is edible and perfectly fine. Overall, there is a lot for FBOs to consider when it comes to date stamps. Food manufacturers may need help defining good safe date codes that optimize shelf life so that food is economical to produce and less likely to become waste. Ultimately, the top priority is and has been to have date codes that ensure product safety for consumers. This data is instructions to the retailer to support inventory turnover. These are not guidelines for the consumer, but guidelines for stores on how long products must remain on the shelves. WRAP recommends that these labels be for stores and not consumers, so you can ignore them. Sales to date are only relevant for shops and supermarkets; It is not intended to transmit information to the consumer. Its main objective is to support warehouse control processes. The data are not required by law and do not relate to food safety.
If you sell food online, by phone or by mail order, you must provide the customer with the necessary information free of charge before purchase (except for shelf life and freezing date) and upon delivery. “We lead extremely busy lives and are interested in what is written on the date label and understanding what it really means is a step too far for many of us. If people were more confident about the meaning of date tags, they would come and eat more of their food instead of throwing it away. “The use-by date must be expressed in one day and one month or in a day, a month and a year. In both cases, the date is indicated in that order. Make it a habit to check what you already have in the fridge and freezer before you go shopping. Watch for foods that are approaching their expiration date and other fresh foods that may drain over time, and try to eat them first. This includes: When it comes to date labeling, there is some balance for manufacturers. Conflicting needs from multiple domains can make it easier to set up a date marker.
For example, health officials want less salt, sugar, and saturated fat in products to improve consumer health, but some of these ingredients can help preserve food, allow for longer life, and in some cases, inhibit microbial growth. As an important piece of labelling legislation, it is important to have a good understanding of date markers, which is why I have partnered with our experienced food law advisory team in Campden BRI to provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date information on this area. We work hard to help food manufacturers define the best type of code for expiration dates. We can optimize “use by” data, help manufacturers determine shelf life after opening the package, and ensure shelf life with the necessary data to ensure foods have a long shelf life but are still safe to consume. Our regulatory team can also help you with this. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to write to me. It is important that all food business operators understand why they use the words “consume by” or “best before”. This decision must be based on the nature of the product, its ingredients and the processing to which it has undergone. If a food business operator decides to use an “expiry date”, it must ensure that there is no risk to consumers if the product is consumed after the specified date (i.e. a period after the end of the date). When a “use by” date is displayed, FBOs must have a valid reason for using that date, which generally means obtaining and storing data confirming why that date is being used.
The “Show name and address” and “Brexit label changes” policies have been updated. Labelling changes in the UK have been postponed from 1 October 2022 to 1 January 2024. Many experts argue that food data has created a culture where consumers do not make decisions about their food based on their own knowledge and common sense, but rely on manufacturers` data. Launch of programme/policy: Waitrose will no longer use an expiry date for products from September. Marks & Spencer began removing its expiration dates in mid-July. Other date or permanent information provided on food labels may confuse consumers, but again, some of this information is required by law. For example, it is required by law to provide instructions for the storage of food at the time of opening the package and in case the food requires special storage conditions, such as: “once opened use within 2 days” However, the wording of this information is not fixed. Certain foods, such as frozen meat, frozen meat preparations (e.g., hamburgers and sausages), and frozen unprocessed fish, must bear the freezing date using the words “frozen”. Less than half of respondents to a Europe-wide survey conducted by the European Commission were able to correctly explain what is meant by the terms “consume by” and “best before”. While “eat by” is an indication of food safety (food should not be eaten after this date, even if it looks and smells good), “best before” is simply an indication of food quality (the taste or texture of food may change after this date).
Evaluation: No impact assessment on household food waste has been conducted. Some expressed concern that removing date labels imposes too many responsibilities on the consumer and could actually increase food waste. However, Lidl grocery has never used date labels on fresh produce, claiming that it has a positive impact on reducing food waste. He explains that while some foods such as fresh meat, fish and poultry, fresh pasta and chilled ready meals should always have a use-by date for food safety reasons, others – including bread, bulk fruits and vegetables, and some cheeses, yogurts and juices – do not. The expiry date is only correct if the food is stored according to the instructions on the package. As a general rule, you must include an expiry date or a use-by date on the packaging or label of prepackaged foods. The first and critical decision must always be food safety. We must never increase the health risks to consumers by switching to less preserved and more sustainable products or by opting for the use of the “best before” label instead of the “use until” statement. The NHS recommends that the use of data be respected, as more perishable foods such as fresh meat can cause food poisoning once they go beyond this date. Even if they look and smell good, there is an increased risk, so the NHS recommends avoiding them.
It is especially important that very young, very old, pregnant and very sick women follow these guidelines, as these groups are most at risk. Where foods are to be marked or labelled with a date of minimum durability, they must also be accompanied by storage conditions which must be complied with in order for the food to retain its specific characteristics until that date. Ben Elliot, Defra`s food waste advocate, welcomed the decision, saying: “Every year, significant amounts of food are wasted needlessly across the country. Often, foods that are past their expiration date are perfectly safe to eat for weeks or even months. It is important that we help people better understand whether products are safe to eat and that food information is clear to help people make these choices. “The law includes a list of products that are not required to bear the date (unless product-specific regulations apply), including: Distributing food after the use-by date puts people at risk and could result in enforcement action against the food bank.” Do not eat anything after the expiration date; However, you can safely eat food after the expiration date. I think we are definitely wasting too much food in this country. So Dan has a good business and a safe business.
» After the expiration date, you are not allowed to eat, cook or freeze your food. Food may be unfit for consumption or consumption, even if it has been stored properly and looks and smells good. Many foods, including meat and milk, can be frozen before the expiration date, but plan ahead. Food may look and smell good even after its expiration date, but that doesn`t mean it`s safe to eat. It could still be contaminated. How it works: Waitrose and Marks & Spencer grocery stores will stop using expiry dates for hundreds of fresh produce. The expiration date, sometimes called BBE (best before end), is about quality, not safety. Food can be eaten safely after this date, but it may not be at its best. Its taste and texture may not be so good.
Expiration dates appear on a variety of foods, including: When deciding whether or not to eat “expired” foods, you can ignore the sale and posting dates.