How long after purchase does processed rice remain good to eat?

Due to its low moisture content, white rice can keep almost indefinitely. Generally, the "best by" dates on white rice indicate a shelf life in the range of two years.  However,  because of the oil in its bran layer, brown rice has a shelf life of only 6 months. Refrigerator storage is recommended for longer shelf life. 
 
Source(s):
Whole Foods "Guide to Rice"
University of California "Frequently Asked Questions"
USA Rice Federation "Consumer FAQs" 

 
 

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