Use-By Dates Best Practices

use-by dates

We’ve had so much chatter on The People’s Friend Facebook page recently about use-by dates that we just had to research it further!

Luckily for us, lots of our readers remember the time before we had use-by and best before dates. Although this is probably why we question them so much. But what are the best practices for use-by dates and best before dates? And, what is the difference between use-by dates and best before dates?

A vast majority of our readers do not go by use-by or best before dates, instead, they go by sight, smell and taste of a product. I have a friend who uses eggs regardless of use-by dates printed on them. I, on the other hand, tend to store my eggs in the fridge, but before we open a new conversation, that is my personal preference.

But, what is right and what is wrong where best before and use by dates are concerned? Is there a right or wrong? It turns out there is a very important reason why we have them.

The FSA has all the answers!

Well, they have this video which explains Use-by and Best Before dates wonderfully.

The Food Standards Agency was set up in 2001 to monitor and regulate food in the UK. There had been many outbreaks of food poisoning, and it was felt the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food should not bear the weight of the responsibility of food safety.

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Karlie Simmonds

Karlie has worked in Digital Media for over 10 years, she is passionate about health and wellbeing and lives in Edinburgh with her partner, children, and Pug, Poppy.