EU Talk of Banning ‘Best-Before’ Labels

There has been discussion recently of the EU banning “best-before” labels on shelf-stable products like rice, pasta, coffee, and canned goods. Such products, which are safe to eat well passed their ‘best-before’ date, are causing “unnecessary food waste” and contributing to the roughly 89 million tonnes of food losses annually in Europe. Another concern is that confusion over the meaning of ‘best-before’ labels encourages consumers to overzealously throw food away over safety concerns.


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