Looking at the printed date of yoghurt, cans & Co. decides many consumers on the fate of the food: either it remains in the refrigerator or kitchen cabinet or is disposed of in the trash. The problem is that the date is usually only the best before date (MHD), which says nothing about the edibility of a product - in contrast to the so-called consumption date. Every year, tons of food ends up in the trash, which are actually still perfectly fine and could be consumed without any problems. A gigantic waste of valuable food and money. This can be avoided if one consciously purchases and knows the difference between the best before and the best before date.
Best before date
The manufacturer guarantees by the best before date, until which time a food in the unopened state retains its typical properties such as smell, taste, color and nutrients - at least. This means that even after the expiration date, a product can still be perfectly fine - the best before date is therefore not an expiry date! An expired strawberry yogurt may not be so creamy or has lost any fruit flavor, but does not make it a health risk - as long as there is no mold on it.
For some products, the best before date is linked to specific storage conditions. These are clearly indicated on the packaging. Examples: "At 4-8 ° C, best before ..." or "Store cool and dry". Only if you comply with these storage conditions, the best before date is guaranteed. Otherwise, the product may already change its color or consistency, for example, or actually spoil it (for example, apply mold). The same applies to damaged packaging.
Incidentally, food may also be sold after the expiration date. Your price is then usually lowered - a bargain for consumers.
Perishable food can be a serious threat to human health in a short time. Examples are packaged minced meat and preferred milk. Therefore, instead of the expiry date, you must wear a use-by date ("Consume until ..."). It indicates the day on which you should have consumed the product at the latest. After this period is actually - from the trash so!
The use-by date is - as in some cases the BBD - bound to certain storage conditions that are on the packaging.
Unlike products with a BBD, foods with a use-by date may no longer be sold after the expiration date.