On April 23, 2021, the European Food Safety Authority scientific opinions on biological hazards (BIOHAZ) published a guidance on “Date marking and Food Related Information (Part 2)” in relation to Regulation (EU) No1169/2011 on food information provided to consumers as an integrated part of their food safety management system (FSMS).
The key point to consider:
Risk-based approach on the type of date marking, setting of shelf-life and the associated food information to ensure food safety.
To establish storage conditions and a time limit for consumption after opening the package and impact on product safety
Microbial safety and associated risk factors on storage conditions on freezing and thawing
Good hygiene practices for thawing from a food safety point of view to minimize growth of and contamination by pathogens
“Use by date” the term ‘shorter’ refers only to when shelf-life is based on safety criteria, and not on quality.