Food Law News - UK - 1996

20 September 1996: FOOD LABELLING - Revision of the "Use By" Guidance Notes

MAFF Letter, 20 September 1996

Revision of the "Use By" Guidance Notes

The UK food labelling regulations require all prepacked foods which are microbiologically highly perishable and which, as a result, are likely to pose an immediate danger to human health to be marked with a "use by" date. The Ministry has produced guidance on the use of this mark to ensure a uniform approach by industry and to avoid consumer confusion.

The notes were last revised in 1993. The latest draft takes into account the provisions of the Food Safety (Temperature Control) Regulations 1995. The Ministry has asked for comments on the draft revised notes by 1st November 1996.

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