Operating a food business - Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between 'use-by' and ‘minimum durability’ dates?

‘Minimum durability’ (formerlybest before') dates are used on food with a long shelf life (for example, biscuits) and are for guidance only.

Use-by dates are used on food
which is highly perishable with a short shelf life for example, packaged sandwiches.   It is not safe to eat food with a use-by date, after the expiry of its use-by date.  It is illegal to sell food after the expiry of its use-by date.