FOOD IS SAFE TO EAT AFTER THE BEST BEFORE DATE
Don't let dates on packaging baffle you into throwing good food away!
The USE BY date is the only date label you need to worry about.
The BEST BEFORE date is just a quality date and has nothing to do with food safety.
DISPLAY UNTIL and SELL BY are just guidance for the shop – you can ignore them!
You can freeze food right up to the use by date. Just make sure that you cook and eat it on the same day it is defrosted.
The key to food staying fresher longer is savvy storage.
Most fresh food should be kept in the fridge
Potatoes and onions prefer a cool dark place
Bananas prefer the fruit bowl
Bread is better in a cupboard or freezer
Try turning your fridge upside down with fresh stuff that needs using up on the top shelf in your eye line so you remember to use it.
Keep your salad fresher for longer by simply adding a piece of kitchen roll to your salad drawer or your bag of salad.
A fridge temperature at or below 4°C will keep your food fresher for longer.