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Use by and best before dates - Cutting down on food waste and spoilage

Did you know that 30% of the food we buy is thrown away? Most food gets thrown away because it has passed its ‘use by’ date or was incorrectly stored. ‘Use by’ dates, ‘best before’ dates and storage instructions can all help reduce the risk of food poisoning and food wastage caused by food spoilage. This topic gives practical advice and shows where this information can be found on food labels.

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Information Sheet

Did you know that 30% of the food we buy is thrown away? Most food gets thrown away because it has passed its ‘use by’ date or was incorrectly stored. This information sheet explains how ‘use by’ dates, ‘best before’ dates and storage instructions can help reduce the risk of food poisoning and food wastage caused by food spoilage.

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Food waste

Recent research shows that we throw out a staggering 30% of the food we buy. Something as simple as understanding the difference between ‘best before’ and ‘use by’ dates can help reduce food waste and spoilage. This ad uses humour to draw attention to food food labelling and how understanding what ‘best before’ and ‘use by’ dates can make a big difference.

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Choosing, checking, transporting and storing food

Find out how to check foods and use date markings to make informed food choices by watching videos developed by safefood. You can find out  how to check the packaging and what date markings mean.

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Watch the date

Three levels of worksheets are provided, covering the use of ‘use by’ and ‘best before’ dates on food labeling.

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Storage Instructions

The worksheet shows typical storage instructions for a frozen food and asks questions about storing the food based on the information provided on the pack.

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Date marks arts activity

The task is to design a sticker to remind people to check the ‘use by’ date on foods and drinks before consuming them.

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Date marks group discussion

Discuss with the group the difference between ‘use by’ and ‘best before’ dates. Discussion ends with an informal quiz, calling out a list of foods and asking them what type of date mark applies to each.

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