Food storage time

  • Minimum time is the period of time required for a food to reach the right characteristics for consumption or processing, such as cooling bread after baking, waiting time after the use of protectants, or freezing parasites in infected meat.
  • Effective time is the period of time during which food retains the highest quality in terms of sensory, health and nutritional qualities, usually consistent with the “best before” date.
  • Maximum time is the period after which the sensory, health and nutritional quality of the food falls below acceptable standards, meaning that it is unfit for consumption or the manufacturer does not guarantee its quality.