If you have excess product that is safe but cannot be sold, consider sharing it with the Calgary Food Bank.
All food donations given in good faith are covered by the province of Alberta’s Charitable Donation of Food Act. This legislation protects organizations who donate food.
What is a Best Before Date (BBD)?
BBD stands for Best Before Date. A best before date is an indicator of food quality, not safety. It does not mean a food product is no longer safe to eat. Manufacturers prefer that the product will still have the texture, colour or flavour that consumers have come to associate with the brand, and generally apply a best before date that 20% shorter than the true date after which food quality is expected to deteriorate.
What is an expiration date?
An expiration date is not the same as a best before date. After the expiration date, the food may not have the same nutrient content declared as on the label. Food should not be bought, sold or eaten if the expiration date has passed, and should be discarded.
For more information on date labelling of pre-packaged foods, please go to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s webpage.