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Best before or use by?


“Expiration date” / “Use by” tell consumers the last day a product is safe to consume. But did you know that “Best before”, instead,  is more like a promise of product keeping its quality until a certain date? You are not allowed to sell or prepare “Expiration date”/ “Use by” -products after that date, as they are microbiologically easily perishable.

But when it comes to “Best before”, let your senses (and common sense) decide. For example, pastourised milk can be used for baking some days after Best before - in case it is well stored and still looks, smells and tastes good. It is recommended to mention that you have used that kind of product, though.

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