Best Before vs. Expiry Dates

Lisa C. Daily Life, Health and wellness, Newcomer Information

How foods are regulated in Canada might be quite different from your home country. Today, let’s understand the difference between the Best Before date and. the Expiry or Expiration date.

Best Before, Best By, or BF dates
  • are about the food quality (freshness, texture, flavour and nutritional value).
  • appear on packaged foods that will keep fresh for 90 days or less, e.g. milk, bread, meat, yoghurt, etc.
  • apply to unopened food only.
Expiry or Expiration dates
  • are for food safety
  • are only available infant formulas, nutritional supplements, meal replacements, formulated liquid diets, and foods sold only by a pharmacist
Important things to remember:
  • If the Best Before or Best By date has passed, it does not mean the food is no longer safe.
  • DO NOT buy or eat foods if their expiration date has passed.

* Information in this post is taken from: on October 20, 2021.

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