On most of the packaged food you buy, there are printed dates, which can lead you to believe the food is not safe to eat after that date. This often leads to throwing out perfectly safe, edible food. Some of the labels can be confusing, so here is an explanation of the terms you may see printed on food packages and what they mean.
'Best Before' Date
The 'Best Before' date is not a 'throw out after' date. It is NOT an indicator of food safety but only of freshness and potential shelf-life of unopened food that is stored according to the manufacturer's instructions. After the 'Best Before' date, food may lose some nutritional value, freshness or flavour, or there may be a change in the texture of the food. However, there is no correlation between the 'Best Before' date and food safety. Use your nose, if it sill smells good, it probably is still good. If it smells bad, it's time to compost it.
'Use By' Date
The 'Use by' date can be used instead of the 'Best Before' date, but are always used for pre-packaged fresh yeast products.
The 'Expiry Date' on a label indicates that after that date, the nutritional value of the food may be different than what is indicated on the label. After the expiry date, food should not be eaten and should be discarded.