The Prices and Consumer Affairs Division continues to caution consumers that the date a
good expires on should never be taken lightly.
An item should always be used before its
expiration date as its safety cannot be guaranteed after this date, and consumption of
expired food items may result in food poisoning and could also be fatal.
Consumers are to be mindful that the shelf life, or the length of time packaged food will
last without deterioration, is very important to know, especially if they are stock-piling.
A product that has passed its shelf life might still be safe, but quality is no longer guaranteed.
Consideration should also be given to Use By/ Best if used By/ Best Before dates. This
information is given by the manufacturer and informs as to how long the product should
remain at optimal quality.
Sell By dates are typically found on perishables like meat, poultry and milk, and are guides for stores to know how long they can keep an item on display.
It is very important that these dates are strictly observed. Goods, especially food items
should not be offered for sale after their sell-by dates have passed.
Traders can be held liable for selling food items after the sell-by date should food poisoning occur. Consumers and traders are advised to pay attention to these dates.
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