Tip of the Week
Food Date Labelling Rules
Foods with a USE BY day within 7 days – Use Coloured Day Dots. The coloured dot is the USE BY day.
Foods with a USE BY day longer than 7 days – use a HACCP label
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 xxx 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, if you cook a lasagna on Monday , 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 giving a 1 month date life.
- Information on the label should include – Product description, date of freezing and use by date.
- When removing from freezer to defrost – add a coloured day dot to identify the defrosted use by date.
Shelf life less than 7 days – use a Coloured Day Dot. Shelf life over 7 days – use a HACCP label
Weekly Food Fact
Did you know that, calorie for calorie, broccoli has more protein than steak but has no cholesterol or fats. Time to get munching.
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