Best If Used By...How Freshness Dating Influences Food Acceptance
Journal of Food Science 71.4 (2006): S354-S357
4 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2014
Date Written: May 1, 2006
A recent variation of expiration dating is freshness dating (i.e., “best if used by”). This research investigates how freshness dating influences the taste acceptance of a refrigerated product. Sensory tests of 36 panelists showtwokey findings. First, freshness dating influences the acceptability of products in a discontinuous or nonlinear manner. Second, it does so because it influences perceptions of freshness and of healthfulness, not of safety. As a product approaches its “best if used by” date, there may be more for a manufacturer to lose than to gain by having decided to use “freshness dating” in the first place.
Keywords: freshness, dairy, yogurt, freshness dating, expiration date, food safety, sensory evaluation, taste acceptance
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