Establishing an accurate shelf-life is key to a product’s success. The shelf-life should be sufficient to
allow the product to be economically viable and minimise waste while maintaining key sensory, chemical and
microbiological characteristics. It is therefore vital that the correct procedures are used when assessing
We teamed up with industry experts to update previous guidance on shelf-life evaluation, aligning it with
recent changes such as the implementation of new EU microbiological criteria regulation and EU
recommendations for setting a shelf-life.
This guideline is available to both members and non-members.