Use of storage guidance information on food labels in the European Union 2015

The figure shows the different ways respondents deal with storage guidance information on food labels in the European Union as of 2015. Of respondents 59 percent claimed they would use the product if the packaging is not damaged and the food is looking all right, while 31 percent of the respondents said they would throw it away.

If you find that you have not used up a product within the time indicated on the label, what do you usually do?*

Share of respondents
You would use it only if the packaging is not damaged and the product looks all right59%
You would throw it away31%
It depends on the type of food (spontaneous)7%
Don´t know3%
You never look at dates0%
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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: "Some food labels indicate that, once opened, a product must be used within a certain number of days. If you find that you have not used up the product within the time indicated on the label, what do you usually do?"

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