We often get our groceries without giving much thought to exactly what’s on the package, because, why should we?
But Maneet Kaur, 28, from Leicester, recently revealed how doing so can actually save you a lot of money thanks to “secret” batch codes.
In virus TikTok clipsManeet compared a pack of Tesco 53p 500g penne noodles with a pack of Hearty Food Co selling for 29p.
Both items have identical batch codes on the back, so Maneet insists they are made in the same place and shoppers are spending 24p more on Tesco packaging.
Fabulous spoke to food safety expert Jenna Brown, aka Food Safety Mom, who said that even though the codes are the same, that doesn’t mean you’re getting the same product.
“While you can use the coding on the packaging to identify the same manufacturer, this does not mean that these are the same product, but simply packaged in different packages,” she explains. different packaging.
“Formulas for products are often unique to individual brands, such that a supermarket’s own brand formula may be inferior to a ‘luxury’ or branded item. ‘best’, results in a different product even though they are manufactured on the same site (even on the same production line!). “
But that’s not the only one details on food packaging often go unnoticed and we have all the answers you need.
Best First and Used By Day
While the exact past best and use-by dates are unknown, there are some key differences between the two that some people may not be aware of.
The food safety expert explains: “The ‘Best Before End’ date (also known as BBE or Best Before End) is provided for quality purposes. While a use-by date is provided. for safety reasons”.
Unlike the use-by date, foods are safe to eat past the BBE date, but avoid consuming anything after the use-by date shown.
Another date you may see on food packaging is “Show Until” however, this date is for retailers and consumers only.
Last year, TikTok users Sonya Gonzalez Mier indicates the row of colored dots commonly found on packages of crisps and other packaged foods.
The woman, who works in food marketing, revealed that they are actually called “color control stickers” and that it is used in the factory when the packaging is being printed.
“They’re color control stickers, we need them because the colors you see on the packaging aren’t actually the colors we’re printing. Let me explain …”, she said.
“To choose the colors you see on the packaging, we actually layer the colors, and the patches are the colors we stack on top of each other to achieve the colors you see.
“To make sure the colors are accurate, we look at the color control arrays, and if they’re slightly off, we know the entire packaging is off.”
Julian date code
Another mysterious item included on food items is what is commonly known as the ‘Julian Date’ code.
“This is a common date coding system that allows manufacturers to determine the exact time (e.g. factory, production line, date and time) that food was packed,” explains Jenna.
“This can then be used for traceability purposes to respond to claims or recalls.”
The food safety expert revealed that Julian date codes are always in 24-hour format to avoid any confusion.
If you’ve eliminated animal products from your diet, you’ll be looking for Vegan Brand on your food packaging.
The good news is that all products with the logo are safe for vegetarians to consume but the same cannot be said if you have allergies.
Jenna explains: “A product may be suitable for vegans, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a ‘may contain’ allergen warning for allergens from animals (such as eggs and milk).
“This means that there can still be a risk of cross-contamination with these allergens during manufacturing.”
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https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/4526501/food-packet-secret-codes-revealed-expert/ Expert reveals food package secrets you’ll wish you knew sooner, and what those colored dots REALLY mean