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Use by and best before dates can be a little confusing. This video will let you know what each date means and how to make the most of them.

Food labels contain more than just nutrition facts. It is important to understand the dates on the food labels.

Food label dates tell you how long food can be kept before it begins to deteriorate.

'Use-by' date

Food must be eaten or thrown away by the 'use-by' date.

Don't eat food after its 'use-by' date. It may be unsafe to eat, even if it looks fine.


'Best-before' date

The 'best-before' date tells you when food is at its optimum. Food is still safe to eat after this date, as long as it has been stored correctly and is not damaged, deteriorated or perished.


'Display until' or 'sell-by' date

These often appear near the other date labels. They are provided for retailers rather than shoppers, to help with stock control.

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