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What does food past its Best Before or Use By date mean?

Food older than its "use by" date should not be eaten. If you have bought food that has passed its "use by" date the shop selling it will need to be visited.

Selling foods past their "use by" date is an offence as these types of foods can spoil rapidly and may affect the safety of the foods. Please contact Public Protection (email: or ring 01295 221803).

Food that has past its "best before" date can be sold by shops, however the quality of the product may be inferior to that of an in date product. It is good practice for shops to have a stock rotation system that prevents food past its "best before" date being sold.

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