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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 taste and quality losses as well as health risk with proper storage (in particular observance of the storage temperature specified with the MHD). Since it is a minimum shelf life and not a date of expiry , the food is usually still consumable even 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 10% vol and more, however, do not have to indicate a best before date. That usually happens Wine and sparkling wine to (in contrast 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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