Dating food products
You can buy and eat foods after the best-before date has passed. Storing your food properly is one of the key things you can do to protect yourself and your family from foodborne illness.However, when this date has passed, the food may lose some of its freshness and flavour, or its texture may have changed. It is not illegal to sell a product if its best-before date has passed.Knowing what these terms mean will help you understand the labels, which in turn will help you make informed choices about the food you buy.
A basic understanding of what terms are used can help you to better understand these labels.
The month must be in both official languages or indicated by using specified bilingual symbols.
The year is optional, unless it is needed for the sake of clarity (for example, if the shelf life extends into a new calendar year).
There are different kinds of date markings, depending on the product.
The most common terms are "best-before" dates, "packaged on" dates, and expiration dates.
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It is the responsibility of the manufacturer or retailer to determine: Food producers and retailers that manufacture food products base the date on how long an unopened product will retain its wholesomeness, taste, nutritional value, and any other qualities, as well as other factors such as the type of product, how it is processed and how it is packaged and stored.