EFSA Publishes Guidance on Date Marking and Food Related Information

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Posted By: Trace One

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.

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