What is the best before date (BDD+)?

Expiration date exceeded? We help you) know which expired foods can still be eaten… or not!

DLC, DDM, DDM+, what difference(s)?

  • The expiry date (DLCs) is indicated on products that may present a health risk once their deadline has passed: meat, fish, etc.
  • The date of minimum durability (MDD) is present on foods that pose no health risk after their expiry date has passed.
  • The date of minimum durability + (MDD+) defines a period during which a product can be sold and consumed in complete safety once the date of minimum durability has passed.

How to identify MDD+ products?

If the law authorizes the sale of food products whose minimum durability date (DDM) has passed, it requires that this information be clearly displayed! Thus, if the MDD of a product on sale is exceeded, the consumer must be informed: the product must have a clearly visible indication – such as a sticker – and clear information as to how long it can still be consumed.

How do you know if you can eat a product whose use-by date has passed?

We do not take risks with products displaying a DLC. On the other hand, as regards products with an MDD, even once this has been exceeded, they do not present no health risk. Only their quality can be affected. Before consuming a product whose MDD is exceeded, it is recommended to trust your senses; we trust the mantra “observe, smell, taste” to – possibly – locate something abnormal. Nothing unusual? We can eat without fear.

How to properly store foods at DDM+?

Depending on the product category, a product can be kept for 6 to 360 days beyond the MDD indicated! A great way to fight food waste.

products to consume up to 360 days after DDM :

  • Flour: store it away from light, in a dry place and at room temperature, in a tightly closed container.
  • Pasta and rice: stored away from light, in a dry place, in a tightly closed container.
  • Tea and coffee: stored away from light, dry and cool or at room temperature
  • Sugar: stored away from light, in a dry place.
  • Chocolate and confectionery: stored away from light, in a dry place, at temperature and tightly closed.

Products to consume up to 120 days after DDM:

  • Cereals and rusks: stored dry and in an airtight container.
  • Non-refrigerated drinks (lemonade, water, etc.): stored dry and away from light, cool or at room temperature.
  • Fats and oils: stored away from light and at room temperature.
  • Cans, jars: stored in a cool place or at room temperature, closed, dry and protected from light.

Products to consume up to 30 days after DDM:

  • Refrigerated beverages: stored cool.
  • UHT milk, butter, hard cheese: unopened, refrigerated.

Products to consume up to 15 days after DDM:

  • Yogurts, fresh and soft cheese
  • Pre-packaged bakery products: protected from light, dry, at room temperature.
  • Cooked eggs: chilled

Source: Food tips & tricks, foodwaste.ch

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