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How do I put an expiration date on my products?

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Labelling products in the food sector with an expiration date is essential and mandatory. In this blog, we explain the difference between a ‘best before’ date and ‘use by’ date and how you can apply them to your products.

What is the difference between a ‘best before’ date and ‘use by’ date?

When the ‘best before’ date has expired, the product is still good but it loses some flavour or its colour may change slightly. You can still consume it after that date.
The ‘use by’ date applies to products which are fresh such as meat, fish and cut vegetables. Both terms are often used.

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How can you apply expiration dates on your products?

This can be done in various ways. The most common are an inkjet system or on a label.

1) With an ink-jet system

An inkjet system ‘injects’ ink onto the product or the product packaging. It is a reliable system and can be done at high speed.

2) on a label

You can print the labels yourself using a label printer and then apply them manually, but for slightly larger volumes a print & apply machine is recommended. These systems print the data on a label and apply the label directly to the product itself.

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Where can I get advice on which system suits my company best?

Every situation is different and every production process looks different. Therefore it is important that you choose a partner who has experience in your sector and who installs reliable machines.
Contact Codipack Group for free advice. With more than 30 years of experience in the food sector, you may find the ideal partner in us.

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