EU campaign against wasting food and the difference between the use-by date and best before date
It is said that up to 89 millions of tons of food are wasted by Europeans every year. Not only spoilt food but also food that is not detrimental to human health. How is it possible? In terms of durability, we can divide food into three kinds.
First, there are the products, in which we can more or less exactly set the period, after which they gain such chemical-physical properties that they become inedible. In other words, they are spoilt. Such product need to be obligatorily have indicated the use-by date. Nobody should consume such product after its expiry date.
On the other pole of the durability spectrum, there are foods that practically cannot get spoilt. For example spirits, sugar, salt. There is no need to indicate any date on such products.