EXPIRED? Food Dates

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Understanding Food Expiration Dates

Did you know that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate food expiration dates?  And, several different types of expiration dates appear on food products, which can add to the confusion about how long food is safe to eat.

Some commonly used food label dates include:

  • “Sell By” Date: This date indicates how long a food product should be displayed on store shelves
  • “Use By” / “Best if Used By” Date: Manufactures use this date to indicate how long a food product will maintain its optimal taste and texture.
  • “Expiration Date”: This date indicates how long a food product is safe to eat.

Honey – Did you know that honey lasts forever?  It may crystalize with time, but it is one of nature’s most perfect foods, and great for home storage.

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