Food labelling

The difference between date labels on food

USE BY ≠ BEST BEFORE

BEST BEFORE
there is no risk in consuming products past the best before date
you may still sell the products without any limitations
the British Food Standard Agency says: “Except for eggs, best before dates are about quality, not safety”
when the date is passed, it doesn’t mean that the food will be harmful, but it might begin to lose its flavour and texture

USE BY
must be sold and (in most of the cases) used before the final date
may be dangerous to your health when expired

Food labelling information:

PDF DEFRA:

Flyer + Food Standard Agency leaflet