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Sell-By Dates

Volume 164: debated on Thursday 11 January 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will initiate national guidelines on sell-by dates.

"Sell-by" dates will soon be phased out and "use by" dates for highly perishable foods will be introduced. This will give better protection and information to our consumers. I am presently considering with interested parties whether guidelines should be developed setting out the criteria to be used to determine which foodstuffs should carry a "use by" date.