FAQs on Food Product Dating

Shelf Life Advice answers all of your questions on Food Product Dating, food storage safety, food-borne illness, and more!

What should consumers know about food product dating?

-       Most dates on products are not expiration dates; that is, they don’t mean that the consumer has to throw the food out immediately after that date because it is unsafe to eat. Rather, the meaning is that, after the printed date, the food will begin to diminish in quality; the flavor, texture, and/or color might begin to deteriorate and/or the nutrients no longer remain exactly as promised on the container.

What are expiration dates?

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