Understanding of "use by" labelling on foods in the European Union 2015

The statistic shows the understanding of the "use by" date on food products in the European Union in 2015. During the interviews, 40 percent of the respondents agreed with the statement "the food will be safe up to this date, but it should not be eaten past this date".

What do you think "use by" on a food product actually means?

Share of respondents
The food will be safe to eat up to this date, but should not be eaten past this date40%
The food can be consumed after this date, but it may no longer be at its best quality28%
It depends on the type of food28%
None of these (spontaneous)3%
Don´t know1%
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Source

Release date

October 2015

Region

Europe

Survey time period

September 1 to 3, 2015

Number of respondents

26,601 respondents

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

* The question in the interviews was originally phrased as follows: "What do you think "use by" on a food product actually means? I am going to read out some options, please select the one that best applies."

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