Food Labelling Explained: Best Before vs. Use By dates

 

CHECK BEFORE YOU CHUCK YOUR FOOD

 

In the UK 4.5 million tonnes of food is thrown away each year that could have actually been eaten (Wrap- 2020 study). One of the most significant factors in causing this waste is down to many consumers not knowing the difference between ‘use by’, ‘sell by’, and ‘best before’ dates. Our charity partners Fare Share and The Felix Project have been doing an incredible job at reducing food waste within the retail sector, but there is so much that we as individuals can do at home! So, what do these dates mean?

 

 

 

WHAT EACH OF THEM MEANS:

 

Sell-by date

Retailers often use ‘sell by’ or ‘display until’ dates on their shelves, mainly for

stock control purposes. They aren't required by law and don’t mean that the

product is unsafe to consume after the date.

 

Use-by date

Relates to food safety. You can eat food until the day of

 the use-by date but not after.

 

Best before date

This gives you an indication of how long foods will last before they lose quality.

If stored properly most products will last beyond their best-before date!