Expiry date on foods

The expiry date is a statement on foodstuffs that is prescribed by the commodities law. This date represents the latest date of consumption.

Expiration date

Always respect the expiration date. This can be displayed in two ways:
  1. Best before: date of minimum durability
  2. To use until: expiry date.

Best before

This indicates the minimum shelf life of a food. This means the date until which the food certainly retains its specific properties, provided that it is stored correctly.
After this date deviations may occur, in particular in taste, odor, color, texture and consistency.
This date can be found on the following foods which can be stored at room temperature:
  • preserves
  • dried foods
  • high-sugar products
  • highly acidic foods

These products can usually still be consumed even after the expiry date.
Preserves are usually stable for a few years, because they are highly heated and hermetically sealed. However, be careful with cans, especially if they are old or have dents and rust spots. The damage can be caused by small holes through which micro-organisms can penetrate. Preserves are stored at room temperature and the germs therefore have every chance to grow, resulting in spoilage.

To use until

This date represents the latest consumption date. This must be stated on foods that are highly perishable. This mainly concerns:
  • fresh cheese
  • sliced ​​meats
  • prepackaged sliced ​​vegetables
  • Ready-made meals
  • pasteurized milk

These foods allow the development of bacteria, so that they have a limited shelf life. Germs that are capable of developing at room temperature can endanger health if this date is exceeded. It is therefore important to pay attention to the 'use until date'!
Do not eat any food that has passed its expiry date.

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