Tip of the Week
Foods with a USE BY day within 3 days – Use Coloured Day Dots. The coloured dot is the USE BY day.
Foods with a USE BY day longer than 3 days – use a HACCP label
An Allergen label is useful to use to label foods cooked and stored on site
Manufactured Packaged Foods
- All packaged foods are labelled with the manufacturer’s best before or use by dates. Whilst the food remains unopened, adhere to the manufacturer’s date.
- Once a pack is opened, follow the manufacturer’s guidelines which will state “Use within xx days of opening”. Some foods have a shelf life of 3 days (processed ham/smoked salmon, etc.) – use a Coloured Day Dot. But some foods have a longer shelf life of up to 28 days (bottled sauces, chocolate, jam, etc.) – use a HACCP label.
Fresh Foods Prepared on Site
- Fresh foods prepared or cooked on site have a 3 day shelf life. For example, you cook a lasagna on Monday so use a Day Dot for Wednesday – 3 days including day of cooking.
- Label with a Coloured Day Dot
Foods Cooked and Frozen on Site
- Homecooked foods frozen on site need to be labelled using a HACCP label (or Allergen label) giving a 3 month date life
- Information on the label should include:– Product description, date of freezing and use by date
Shelf life less than 3 days – use a Coloured Day Dot. Shelf life over 3 days – use a HACCP label or Allergen label
Weekly Food Fact
Pumpkins are plentiful at the moment. Did you know that pumpkins are technically a fruit as they contain seeds (about 500). They are packed with vitamin K, C E potassium, iron, folate and niacin.