Food date labelling consultation and draft guidance

6th July 2017

WRAP, the Food Standards Agency and Defra have drafted updated guidance for the use of date labels and related consumer advice.

The draft guidance has been informed by discussions with a range of food and redistribution organisations
Consultation with industry will help shape the content, format and promotion of the new guidance
The consultation period has now closed

As announced in February 2017, WRAP is working with UK Governments and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to update industry guidance on the application of on-pack date and related advice (storage and freezing guidance).

The guidance aims to assist further reductions in food waste at home and remove key barriers to redistribution. It will cover:

  • What the different date labels mean, and how best to decide which date to apply in relation to curtailing food waste (and the consequences of this decision);
  • The importance of maximising both ‘closed’ and ‘open’ life, whilst ensuring quality and safety are maintained;
  • The importance of correct storage guidance, including fridge temperature and freezing advice; and
  • What can (and cannot) be done as the date approaches / is past (for sale / redistribution).

Next steps

The consultation period for the guidance has now closed and the responses are being considered. Our thanks goes to all the organisations who provided input.

WRAP is planning to publish a short summary of the feedback from the consultation in Autumn 2017 followed by the completed guidance later in 2017.