use-by date



  • noun a date printed on a packet of food showing the last date on which the contents should be used.


  • (written as use-by-date)
    date mark used on packaged food which is intended to be consumed within 6 weeks. Under UK regulations this date may be changed by the manufacturer after the first date has expired.
  • noun an indication of when a perishable food product will not longer be edible, a required element in food labelling in the UK


  • noun a date stamped on the label of a food product, which is the last date on which the food can be safely eaten.