Food Best By Laws
Best Before Date Definition
Below is a standard definition for “Best Before Date,” but please see the individual pages of EatByDate for specific food items to know how long each product may be used after its Best Before (or Best By) Date.
So, what is the “Best Before Date” of a food item?The “Best Before Date” is, according to the manufacturer, the last date by which a products flavor and/or quality is best. A best-by date denotes the optimal period of time during which the manufacturer feels that their product will retain its original quality. As noted above, the product may still be enjoyed after the “best before date”.
Additionally, the manufacturer may call this the “Best if Used By” date, the “Best By” date or some similar wording. These best dates indicates that the quality of their food might begin to diminish after that date, but it is still good to eat and the shelf life is still active for a period beyond that of a pre-determined best-by date.