FDF Guidance on Date Marking (Use By & Best Before)
20 January 2022
This FDF guidance explains the differences between the two types of date marks: ‘Use by …’ for food safety and ‘Best before …’ for food quality. It also signposts to relevant UK resources on date mark labelling and food waste.
- Food labelling and consumer information
- General Food labelling
Food information to consumers must not mislead and the food label is the primary means of providing essential information to consumers.
Industry guidance on setting product shelf life
This guidance is designed to help FBOs engaged in the production or sale of any category of food and ingredients to assign the most appropriate expiry date for their product.