Sometimes we have products that are close to or even past their Best Before Date on sale in our Bargin Bin. We only sell these products as long as they are fit for consumption.
We do our best to highlight the fact that this is the case by stating the BBF date on these products.
The rules around selling Best before date is: Food can be sold beyond its best-before date provided it is still fit for consumption, but food with a use-by date or Expiry date must not be sold after.
A ‘Use By’/Expiry date shows how long your food should keep for safely if the storage instructions are followed. You shouldn’t buy or eat food if the ‘Use By’/Expiry date has passed. It’s illegal to sell food with an expired ‘Use By’ date and if a shop is found to be selling unfit food, they can be fined.
A ‘Best Before’ date is different in that it refers to the quality of the food. This date gives you an idea of when the food should be eaten if you want to eat it at its best quality. After the ‘Best Before’ date it is likely that the quality of the product may begin to change. It isn’t a safety issue and food can still be sold by shops beyond its ‘Best Before’ date as long as it’s still fit to eat.
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