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Best before date

This consumer information is a mandatory labeling element to be labeled as "pre-packaged food" (prepacked) under harmonized EU legislation. It specifies the date by which a food must be consumed in any case without substantial loss of taste and quality as well as health risk if properly stored (in particular adherence to the storage temperature specified by the MHD). Since it is a minimum shelf life and not a date of expiry , the food is usually still consumable after the specified date. In contrast to food, top wines only reach their peak after a corresponding storage period ( maturity ).

Drinks with one alcohol content however, 10% vol and more do not have to indicate a best before date. This usually happens Wine and sparkling wine to (has beer one has an alcohol content of well below 10% and is therefore subject to an expiry date). For wine, the durability can not be determined beyond doubt, or whether it is edible in two, five, or even ten years or more. Therefore, a best before date would also say nothing about the enjoyment. See also under See also under Food Information Regulation (LMIV) and Wine labeling regulations,

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