Standardising ‘use by’, ‘best before’ dates of food may result in additional packaging costs: Koh Poh Koon

Standardising 'use by', 'best before' dates of food may result in additional packaging costs: Koh Poh Koon

These are dates that are entirely marked on prepackaged food in accordance with Singapore’s Sales of Food Act, denoting that item is past its expiration date. &nbsp,

In this instance, the expiration date prevents food from “retaining its ordinary wholesomeness, nature, material, and quality” past the date when stored as directed. &nbsp,

This can be classified as&nbsp, “use by”, “best before,” “expiry time,” or” offer by.” According to the site of the Singapore Food Agency, selling food that has passed these dates is prohibited.

According to Dr. Koh,” standardizing the use of time marks to a particular name may require the business to tailor their packaging to the Singapore market, adding to compliance burden.”

” This may lead to higher presentation expenses, which the business may then move on to consumers.”

According to Dr. Koh, given Singapore’s little market, foreign food producers may decide not to alter their packaging to meet standards, which had cut down on the amount of food that the nation imports.

In response, Ms. He reaffirmed that confusion over like labels had been expressed in comments and enquired as to what else could be done to lessen it.

Given that supermarkets have control over the container in these situations, she questioned whether the government would think about pilot partnerships with them to encourage a more standardized approach to food products under house brands. &nbsp,

But, Dr. Koh asserted that given that Singapore imports the vast majority of its meals from various supply nations, some of which have different methods of labeling expiration dates, it is obvious that there will be a variety of brands.

Asking house brands to adhere to a single standard wo n’t solve the issue, he continued.

According to Dr. Koh,” consumers must take both” use by” and “best before” at the end of the day, which is equivalent to saying that anything after that date is improbable to be clean or may not be in its original state that is fit for consumption.