What Those “Sell By” Dates On Your Groceries Really Mean
Those “Sell By” and expiration dates are actually voluntary. Most food gets tossed way before it even comes close to going bad. But Americans have bought into the hype, scared off of their perfectly good food by warnings of salmonella and worse. In actuality, properly stored food can last quite a bit longer than what the “Sell By” date suggests. Often the “Sell By,” “Use By,” and “Guaranteed Fresh By” dates refer to the food being at it’s best quality, not that it will suddenly go bad a minute passed the date listed. Even eggs can survive, if stored correctly, weeks passed that “Sell By” date.
On the theme of food waste, these sell by dates on food are often misleading and some food will taste fine even if a few days over the date.— Kirby_Soul_Lad (@PeterDavidKirby) December 11, 2015
The USDA does recommend purchasing food before its “Sell By” date expires. Make sure to properly store food as soon as possible after the purchase to contain freshness. “Sell By” and expiration dates are usually null once food is frozen, which locks in the freshness. And these rules do not apply across the board. Medication expiration dates do matter. Once their date passes, the potency, safety, and purity of the drug can longer be assured.
USUALLY canned food is good for at least a year after that sell-by date. #RedEye— Aggedor_ (@aggedor_) December 10, 2015