What is the Difference between use by and Best Before??

A common question and misconception is the difference between the terms "Use by" and "Best Before" so below is the definition as described by the Food Standards Agency.

At Wisebuys we sell:

In Date products

Short Dated - products whose Best Before date is due to expire shortly

Best Before Date expired - the Best Before date has expired but the produce is still fine to consume.  

Products we don't sell

Use by Date Expired
Anything we wouldn't consume or use ourselves

 
From the Food Standards Agency
 
What's the difference between 'Use by' and 'Best before' on labels?
 
You will see 'use by' dates on food that goes off quickly and 'Best before' dates appear on a wide range of frozen, dried, tinned and other foods.
 
Use by
You will see 'use by' dates on food that goes off quickly, such as meat products and ready-prepared salads. Basically, a lot of the products you find in chilled cabinets in the supermarket.
 
Don't use any food or drink after the end of the 'use by' date on the label, even if it looks and smells fine. Using it after this date could put your health at risk.
 
For the 'use by' date to be a valid guide, you must carefully follow storage instructions such as 'keep in a refrigerator'. If you don't follow these instructions, the food will spoil more quickly and you may risk food poisoning.
 
Best Before - 
 
'Best before' dates appear on a wide range of frozen, dried, tinned and other foods.
The 'best before' dates are more about quality than safety. When the date runs out it doesn't mean that the food will be harmful, but it might begin to lose its flavour and texture.