Did you know in Japan, dates are written as year/month/day? That includes Japanese expiration dates and Best Before Dates.
Japan has some of the highest food quality standards in the world. Their Best Before Date is actually a suggested time period for a treat’s peak enjoyability. The candy & snack manufacturers we work state that products have a 3-month window after the printed date that ensures the food is still yummy and at its prime!
Example of a Shomikigen Label - Date: October 27, 2018
The USDA says food past the Best Before Date is still good to eat and to not worry, they aren’t a safety date, so you can rest assured if you find an old Umaibo in your bedroom it’ll still safe to eat ;)
Of course! We take the Japanese Best Before Dates and shelf-life into account when curating crates to ensure that your crates arrive fresh and are still yummy months after you get them.