An expiration date is not the same as a best-before date.
Expiration dates are required only on certain foods that have strict compositional and nutritional specifications which might not be met after the expiration date.
If included, the year must appear first, followed by the month, then the day. Foods that are likely to spoil should be properly stored, and they should be eaten as quickly as possible.
Example: Best before 17 Best-before dates are not indicators of food safety, neither before nor after the date. Harmful micro-organisms that lead to foodborne illness can grow in foods, even if they do not appear to be spoiled.
Some of its nutritional value, such as vitamin C content, may also be lost. It is the responsibility of food manufacturers, producers and retailers to ensure the food they produce and sell is safe.You can buy and eat foods after the best-before date has passed. Storing your food properly is one of the key things you can do to protect yourself and your family from foodborne illness.However, when this date has passed, the food may lose some of its freshness and flavour, or its texture may have changed. It is not illegal to sell a product if its best-before date has passed.The best-before date may appear anywhere on the package.If it is placed on the bottom, this has to be indicated elsewhere on the label.It is important to note that a best-before date is not the same as an expiration date."Packaged on" dates are similar to "best-before" date but are used on retail-packed foods with a durable life date of 90 days or less, and must be accompanied by durable life information either on the label or on a poster next to the food.Examples include most canned foods, many dry foods such as pasta and foods that are sold in a frozen state.If manufacturers and retailers choose to provide customers with this information, they must follow the required manner of declaration (see the next section).These may appear on food products as long as they are not misleading and the label meets appropriate requirements.These include: If consumers want more information about food packaged at the retail store, such as the "packaged on" date, they can ask the retailer for this information.