You go into a store to pick up your favourite snack and look for the date you should eat it by. Use by, best before, sell by? What does it all mean?
Dates on products sold in stores can be confusing. Respect Food is all about making the most of all of your food. Our ethos and technologies are based on one belief: reducing wastage and helping the planet. Every small bit of food being thrown away adds up and has an impact on our pockets and on our planet. With so much food being thrown away in an edible condition, dates on packaging have never mattered more.
So what is the difference? Read our simple guide to find out.
1. Use by
This is a guide as to which you should use your food up by. Foods can be eaten up to this date but will be unsafe to eat after. The use by date is usually used for products with a very short shelf life, such as meat, dairy and ready-made salads.