how do expiration dates work?



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M. Justet, L. Campisi, M. Anglade, P. Lagaune, C. Gindre – France 3

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While a British brand has decided to remove the expiry dates from some of its references, a brief explanation of the difference between the use-by date and date of minimum durability.

Regarding expiry dates,two labels are possible on the products. The DLC, expiry date with a mention “to consume until”, is a health indicator. After this date, there are health risks. The second label, the BDD, date of minimum durability “best before”, is a simple indicator of quality. These inscriptions are sometimes responsible for a big mess. So, to limit losses, some brands, in the United Kingdom in particular, have removed the recommended use-by dates on several hundred references.

What can reduce food waste. But beware, some people need to be more vigilant, according to a nutritionist: “We cannot afford to exceed a DLC, especially for rather fragile audiences, such as children, the elderly, pregnant women. And it can lead to serious poisoning, which can go up to months of hospitalization.“.

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