For processed food imported into Korea it is better to have exact date of expiry (or best before) printed in the packaging. This is because the Korean Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) only recognises the expiry date that is printed on the packaging. For example, if a product has a best before date of 30th September 2018 and this is stated on the packing slip or invoice but on the packaging it only says ‘September 2018’, KFDA will record the best before date as the first day of the month indicated on the packaging. This forces the importer/distributor to put a sticker on the product with ‘1st September 2018’, as best before date.

A distributor could lose a whole month of shelf life, which could be lethal to products with shorter shelf life.