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.


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