Date labelling in the Nordic countries

Practice of legislation

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Findings on the state and changes in Arctic human development and wellbeing are presented. Based on our analysis and conclusions from the five case studies the framework for an ASI monitoring system is introduced. We argue that the long-term monitoring of human development in the Arctic would be greatly facilitated by the regular and frequent collection and reporting of relevant data, including those required for the proposed small set of ASI indicators.




The purpose of the survey was to map and to gain increased knowledge about how the date labelling (“use by” or “best before” date) is set by Nordic food industry and retail trade today. A web-based survey was send by e-mail to Nordic food companies during April and May 2014. In Denmark and Finland, the survey was sent out through the industries’ own organizations, and therefore, the total number of companies is unknown. In Norway and Sweden, the survey was sent directly from the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira to companies based on a list of companies producing relevant product groups. The survey was translated into each country’s own language and the dispatch included an introduction to the survey.


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