TIPS TO RE DUCE F OO D WAS TE

TIPS TO RE DUCE F OO D WAS TE
Use-by / Best-before dates
“Use-by” dates are the most important dates
for people to consider, as these relate to
food safety. Food is suitable for
consumption before this date, but not
after. Most food types concerned are fresh
and chilled foods; such as raw meat, poultry,
fish, eggs, milk, fruit and vegetables.
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If you have food approaching its 'use by' date, you have two options:
 Cook it on its use-by date and then eat it or store it in the fridge (up to 2 days)
 Freeze it before its use-by date and then cook it within 24 hours of defrosting
Best before date
“Best before” dates relate to food
quality including taste, texture and
appearance.
Eating food past its “best before”
date is unlikely to be harmful if the
product has been stored properly
and the packaging is not damaged,
but maybe the product is not at its
best quality.
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Display until/Sell by
Food labels such as “Display until...” and
“Sell by...” are instructions for shop staff,
not for shoppers. They are mainly used for
stock control purposes.
Nevertheless, consumption of
these products is under the
consumers’ responsibility. There
are some premises that should be
observed: meat and fish labels
should be strictly respected and
these products should never be
eaten after their use-by date. Other
products like bread, fruits and
vegetables or dairy products might
still be good however.
Smelling or tasting a small amount
of these products prevents from
throwing away food that is still in
good shape.
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Use-by date
How can I know if my food is still eatable?
In many cases, smelling or tasting a small amount can prevent from throwing
away food that is still good to eat. However, for safety reasons, foods labelled
with a "use by" date should not be eaten after their expiry date.
Smelling or
tasting a
small
amount of
these
products
prevents
from
throwing
away food
that is still in
good shape
 Dairy products such as milk,
cheese or mayonnaise smell when
they are passed. If they taste sour
they
are
not
suitable
for
consumption.
 Cheese: If some mushrooms
appear in the surface of your
cheese, you can easily remove
them with a knife. But to avoid this
from happening, cheese is better
preserved in an air tight container.
 Eggs are usually labelled with a
code that includes their “best
before” date. Otherwise, there is an
easy tip to check their freshness.
Fill in a glass with tap water and
gently place the egg inside of it. If
the egg sinks to the bottom, it
means it is in its best. If it stays in
the middle it should be consumed
within 1 or 2 days. But if the egg
floats, it is passed and it should not
be consumed.
 Cold meat and bacon can get
dry if not well stored. They might
not look good because of
oxidation, but if they smell nice
they
are
suitable
for
consumption.
 Soups and stews are only
eatable if they still smell and
taste good.
 Cooked food leftovers stay in
the fridge for 1 to 3 days if
stored in airtight containers.
However, smelling and trying
them before serving is always
Photo Credit: storingandfreezing.co.uk
Main source: Love Food Hate Waste (http://england.lovefoodhatewaste.com/content/date-labels-infographic)
More information:

ec.europa.eu/food/food/sustainability/docs/best_before_en.pdf
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