A “best before date” on an item is the date at which an item starts to decrease in freshness and quality. According to the Canada Food Inspection Agency, a best before date doesn’t refer to the safety of the item and the item can be safely consumed after its best before date has passed.
An “expiry date” is only required on certain items and indicates the date at which it is no longer safe to consume the product. Items must be discarded by the store once the expiration date has passed to avoid people getting sick.
For more information, please visit Date labelling on pre-packaged foods