New guidance published to help food and drink businesses set product shelf-life
A body representing Britain’s food and drink manufacturers has published new guidelines to help firms label product shelf-life, targeting improved safety standards and waste reduction.
Via a new online document, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has sought to clarify the difference between use by? and best before? dates, and has offered practical advice based on common misinterpretations of standards, a list of dos and don’ts and a glossary of terms.
The organisation hopes the new guidelines will support both food safety and waste reduction among large and small manufacturers.
By using the guide, the FDF claimed producers would be able to assign the most appropriate expiry date for any product.?
Commenting on the new guidelines, Helen Munday, the FDF’s chief scientific officer, said it wouldact as an essential resource for owners of food and drink businesses.
this easy to use document will guide food and drink manufacturers in assigning and labelling the shelf-life of products appropriately, she explained.
it is our ambition to help manufacturers and those who consume our products ensure the highest levels of food safety alongside meeting waste reduction targets. This is part of our contribution to our own environmental Ambition 2025, as well as wider targets, such as the Courtauld Commitment 2025.
Heather Hancock, chairman of the Food Standards Agency, agreed that reducing food waste, without compromising the safety of food was a commitment shared with the FDF.
She added: I welcome the publication of this sensible guidance on setting product shelf life, and explaining what factors affect the expiry date of a food product. This is another welcome step towards preventing safe food from going to waste.”
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