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INTERESTING FACTS that can help to avoid food Waste: Super yachts throw away large quantities of food. Usually, this consists of items that have reached their either their best before, sell-by or use-by dates. Food that passed the best before, and sell-by date, and even some food that passed the use-by date is still edible at the time of disposal.



With the exception of infant formula, the laws that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) administers do not preclude the sale of food that is past the expiration date indicated on the label. FDA does not require food firms to place “expired by”, “use by” or

be wholesome and fit for consumption. A “best by”, “use by” or expiration date does not relieve a firm from this obligation. A product that is dangerous to consumers would be subject to potential action by FDA to remove it from commerce regardless of any date printed on a label..


These marks help us tell how long food can be kept before it begins to deteriorate. All food with a shelf life of less than 2 years must be date marked.

Best Before

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A principle of U.S. food law is that foods in U.S. commerce must

Food labels have date marks to tell us about safe shelf life.

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exposure to light and heat, transmission of gases (including humidity), mechanical stresses, and contamination by things such as micro-organisms. Product quality is often mathematically modelled around a parameter (concentration of a chemical compound, a microbiological index, or moisture content).

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“best before” dates on food products. This information is entirely at

Shelf life is most influenced by several factors:


Did you know that a store can sell food past the expiration date?



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What’s the significance of an expiry date on food?

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And another Med-season comes to an end. Cleaning out your fridges and freezers means discovering a lot of expired foods, which have been neglected during the busy times of the season. But, what can we throw,and what can’t we throw? This is the question which we are trying to find an answer to with this informative pictograph.

Milk that has been stored continuously at proper temperature last for up to 5 days after the Expiration Date.

Yogurt can be kept up to 7 days after the Expiration Date.

Best before or best by dates appear on a wide range of frozen, dried, tinned and other foods. These dates are only advisory and refer to the quality of the product, in contrast with use by dates, which indicate that the product may no longer be safe to consume after the specified date. In spite of this, about a third of food bought is thrown away while still edible.

greek yogurt expires faster then processed yogurt due to the bacteria in the yogurt.

Food kept after the best before date will not necessarily be harmful, but may begin to lose its optimum flavour and texture. Eggs are a special case, since they may contain salmonella, which multiplies over time; they should therefore not be eaten after the best before date, which is a maximum of 28 days after the eggs are laid. Eggs must be sold to the consumer within 21 days of laying, this means that they must be sold 7 days before the ‘best before’ date expires. Sometimes the packaging process involves using pre-printed labels, making it impractical to write the best before date in a clearly visible location. In this case, wording like best before see bottom or best before see lid might be printed on the label and the date marked in a different location as indicated.

Use by

EGGS Eggs can be kept for 28 Days after the date of purchase. Keep eggs refrigerated at all times.

Generally, foods that have a use by date written on the packaging must not be eaten after the specified date. This is because such foods usually go bad quickly and may be injurious to health if spoiled. It is also important to follow storage instructions carefully for these foods (for example, if they specify that the product must be refrigerated). Foods with a best before date are usually safe to eat for a time after that date, although they are likely to have deteriorated either in flavour, texture, appearance or nutritional value.

Open Dating Open Dating is the use of a date or code stamped on the package of a food product to help determine how long to display the product for sale. This benefits the consumer by ensuring that the product is of an acceptable quality when sold. An Open Date does not supersede a Use by date, which should still be followed.

Sell by / Display until

SMOKED SALMON Eggs can be kept for 28 Days after the date of purchase. Keep eggs refrigerated at all times.

For more information on expiration dates go to: These dates are intended to help keep track of the stock in stores. Food that has passed its sell by or display until date, but has not yet reached its use by / best before date will still be edible, assuming it has been stored correctly. It is common practice in large stores to throw away such food, as it makes the stock control process easier. It also reduces the risk of customers buying food without looking at the date, only to find out the next day that they cannot use it. Tampering with the posted date is illegal in many countries. Most stores will rotate stock by moving the products with the earliest dates to the front of shelving units, which encourages customers to buy them first and hopefully saves them from having to be either marked down or thrown away, both of which would result in financial loss.


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And another Med-season comes to an end.Cleaning out your fridges and freezers means discovering a lot of expired foods, which have been negl...