Technical / White Paper
Shelf Life – The Durability Debate
The Food Information to Consumers Regulation (EU) 1169/2011 significantly changes regulations on date codes and how they should be presented on-pack. This Regulation and resulting commentary from leading bodies in the food and drink industry has opened up debate about the point at which foods are safe to consume and how ‘use by’ and ‘best before’ dates affect shelf life, food waste and sustainability.
In this White Paper, Steve Osborn, Business Innovation Manager, Leatherhead Food Research, explores shelf life in relation to durability codes and discusses how safety and quality mechanisms can help.