No, Sir. The date of manufacture is not a sure guide to the condition of food at the time of retail sale, because the food can be affected by factors outside the manufacturer's control such as the storage conditions and the weather during distribution. For the same reason, the latest safe date for consumption cannot in general be determined at the time of packing.
Will the Minister look into the matter again, since only a week or so ago in this building processed cheese was found in several packets to be going mouldy and, if the date had been marked upon them, the cheese would not have been put out for sale because the latest date on which it could have been sold would have been seen to be passed? Such things are not fair on the consumer.