• Date-marks on food packaging ensure microbiological food safety.
  • There are two types of date-marks: ‘use by’ and ‘best before’.
  • The ‘use by’ date is for perishable foods, consumption after this date may be unsafe.
  • The ‘best before’ date indicates optimal quality period, food might be safe to consume after this but quality may reduce.
  • These dates help minimise food poisoning risk.
  • Following storage instructions is necessary due to temperature and environment’s impact on microorganism growth and food safety.