Given the recent confusion in the sector over date labelling, the fact sheet is designed to answer questions involving date labelling terms, exemptions from date coding, determining shelf-life, food storage and appropriate storage temperatures.
Utilising Food Standards Agency, Waste & Resources Action Programme, and EU guidance, the IFST hoped to help manufacturers that have an obligation to ensure that food products can be enjoyed at their best and do not present a food safety hazard for the consumer, provided they are stored correctly.
Advice and guidance
Jon Poole, chief executive of IFST, explained the need for this guidance. “With so much media and press interest in food and health, it is really difficult for anyone to know what advice and guidance can be relied upon when making the simplest of food choices.
“As the independent professional body for food science and technology, we can provide consumers with sound evidence-based guidance and information, which we hope will not only help inform their food choices but also stimulate people’s interest in the science behind their food.”
The fact sheet can be downloaded here.