The story with the best-before date...
The best-before date (BBD) is known to most people. It is more or less visible on many foods and gives an orientation as to when milk, eggs, butter, but also chocolate, gummy bears and cans are at least durable. But what does "at least durable" mean?
The best before date (BBD) is a prescribed labelling element that must be indicated on prepackages in accordance with harmonized EU law. The BBD specifies the date by which a foodstuff must be consumed without any significant loss of taste, quality or health risk if properly stored (in particular if the storage temperature specified in connection with the BBD is adhered to). As this is a best-before date and not an expiry date, the food can generally still be consumed after the specified date. The determination of the best-before date is at the discretion of the manufacturer. For example, similar products from different manufacturers may have a different minimum durability. If the best-before date is 01.12.2021, you can therefore assume that no change in aroma or consistency should occur before this date. Even if a change in aroma and consistency is always an uncertainty, this does not mean that there must be a health hazard. This is in contrast to the "consumption date": those products that have exceeded the consumption date can pose a health hazard. The placing on the market of food after the consumption date is prohibited. Once the consumption date on fresh fish or minced meat has expired, such products may no longer be sold.
There is currently agreement that every year too many tons of food are destroyed that are still fit for consumption. That's almost half of all food worldwide (source: Handelsblatt "BBD: Why the industry wants to abolish the sell-by date"). The plan was to specify two dates: a "sell-by date" until which the product would be sold in stores and a "consumption date" until which the product would be consumed. The United Nations (UN) has issued reduction targets for the year 2030.
Germany is trying to support these targets with the campaign "too good for the ton". The EU is currently considering completely abolishing BBDs on product groups such as noodles, flour, rice, water, spice mixes, couscous, tea and salted products.
According to § 7 LMKV (Lebensmittel-Kontrollverordnung) and other relevant laws, products may continue to be sold after reaching the BBD if, in the discretion of the supplier, the products have not suffered any damage. For example, sheeps store tea in an air-conditioned room to ensure that it is not adversely affected by light and moisture. There is no time limit on how long after BBD achievement a sale is possible. There are also no legal plans to reduce the price. However, customers who have purchased a product after reaching the BBD without having been made aware of the BBD have the right to exchange it.
Good news: at Schafi-Shop, for every product that has an BBD, the BBD is also clearly displayed in real time on the product detail page. So: complete transparency at Schafi-Shop. And we reduce products such as pet food or tea products by at least 80% so that they can quickly make room for new products in the warehouse. And hopefully they are happy about great bargains!
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