Dating labeling food in service
Date Marking is required for foods that meet the following criteria: After food is prepared, label the container with the name of the product, the date it was made, and who prepared it.
Make sure someone is responsible for checking container dates for proper food rotation and discarding any food that has gone beyond 7 days (e.g., prepared sauces, meatloaf, lasagna, dressings, cooked meats, etc.).
You may want to review the AAAS toolkit as you consider using this IFT issue-specific resource in communicating about this issue with your respective networks. Washington, DC: American Association for the Advancement of Science. The information provided below has been developed to assist you in conveying factual information when communicating about date labeling. Additional points are provided to address how IFT has been involved in the issue.
Others are updates on relatively recent developments relating to the issue. Download a PDF version of the Important Facts sheet.
Below, you’ll find a wide range of food rotation labels, date coders, and label dispensers, as well as the Menu Pilot labeling platform.
IFT Mission: To advance the science of food and its application across the global food system.
“Encourages industry to use “Best if Used By” on product labels. Items are intended to help the general public better understand the meaning with regard to quality or safety of specific types of date labeling on packaged food, with the ultimate goal of reducing the amount of unnecessarily wasted food.
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