Use prior to the expiration date does not guarantee the safety of a food or drug, and a product is not necessarily dangerous or ineffective after the expiration date. High-acid canned foods (tomatoes, fruits) will keep their best quality for 12 to 18 months; low-acid canned foods (meats, vegetables) for 2 to 5 years. A product that has passed its shelf life might still be safe, but quality is no longer guaranteed.
The packaged food will last well beyond its best by date, use by date and sell by date, so learn to take advantage of the extra time with the sections.A new study by Reuters has found that, on average, Americans throw away 33 pounds of food each month, meaning that the average family of 4 produces 132 pounds of wasted food each month!the best before date, use by date, sell by date, eat by date) on food: The FDA allows manufacturers to stamp their product with a date in order to help the seller determine how long to keep the product on display and to help the purchaser use the product when it is of best quality.The date is in no way intended to be a food safety date.The only regulation is that if a manufacturer chooses to use a date on their product, then the FDA allows either coded letters and numbers (“closed dating”) to be used on shelf-stable products or if a calendar date is chosen (“open dating”) then the FDA requires that it contain the month, day and year along with a phrase explaining the meaning of that date.
This is the official FDA regulation, but many states (20 ) do require dating on certain foods – but at the same time other states have no dating requirements at all.
Don’t be scared to purchase the reduced priced food simply because the date has passed, it will taste great and save you cash.
Additionally, while it is best to use your groceries in a first in – first out matter, don’t be bound to printed dates.
Below is a standard definition for “Shelf Life,” but please see the individual pages of this website for specific food items in order to know how long each may be safely used and for other specific Shelf Life information. The “Shelf Life” of food is how long it may be stored (exist on a shelf) before the quality deteriorates.
Shelf life is used in reference to these common codes: (Use by Date, Sell by Date, and Best Before Date).
Please see our “Save Money and the Environment by Decreasing Food Waste” blog post to find more on this issue.