Food Safety

Very few foods have an expiry date. Most foods display a best before date. This confusion continues to be a major
source of avoidable food waste in Canada.

Food is still edible after the best before date has passed. This guide helps you clarify when food can be donated and consumed past the best before date. Always use your senses to evaluate food quality if food is past the best before date.

While food may be edible past the best before date, non-profits cannot always use this type of food. Please try to donate food as fresh as possible.

Check out Second Harvest’s Food Donation and Consumption Timetable below or click here.