Do you know the difference between ‘use by’ and ‘best before’?
Around half of us find date labels confusing, especially when there is more than one date listed on food packaging.
Thankfully some of the top brands are changing the way they use date labels to make it clearer for us to understand.
They will be simplifying the way dates are presented so we can all reduce the amount of food waste and save some money!
So, what do food labels really mean?
Best before These dates refer to quality rather than food safety.
Foods with a 'best before' date should be safe to eat after the 'best before' date, but they may no longer be at their best.
Use-by These dates refer to safety.
Food can be eaten up to the end of this date but not after, even if it looks and smells fine.
Always follow the storage instructions on packs.
Display until & sell by
These dates are for shop staff, not for shoppers, so you can ignore these dates.
For more tips and handy guidance take a look at
thanks for the post about best-by vs use-by dates....thanks for the encouragement to do the best for the future......reduce, reuse, recycle, compost, share and educate....
Kay,totally looking forward.
To go the extra mile to benefit posterity.
A true act of altruism. Kudos
"Use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without" is a favorite adage in both frugal and green circles, and it is something I strive to live by. One of the best ways to "use it up" is to think differently about our food and ways to avoid wasting it. Lloyd wrote a great post a while back about the statistics for how much food we waste in the U.S., and the numbers are, frankly, appalling. On average, we waste 14% of our food purchases per year, and the average American family throws out over $600 of fruit per year. Most of the food we waste is due to spoilage; we're buying too much and using too little of it.
We've all had it happen: half the loaf of bread goes stale because no one wants to eat sandwiches today, and the grapes we bought as healthy snacks for the kids' lunches languish in the crisper. With a little creativity, and an eye toward vanquishing waste in our lives, we can make use of more of our food before it goes to waste. Here are a few ideas for you.
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thanks.....I do suffer from lots of eco-anxiety.....