Safe To Eat? The Difference Between ‘Sell By’ And ‘Best-By’ Dates On Food
When I was younger as a kid I would drive my mom crazy with all the food I refused to eat because the date on it was past the 'Sell By or 'Best By' date.
Food labeling can be confusing, and it is important to understand the difference between "sell by" and "best by" dates to avoid wasting food.
I've done some research and this is what I've found.
Here Are The Key Differences Between The Sell-By Date And The Best-By Date
This date is intended for retailers and indicates when the item should stop being displayed for sale.
It is not an indicator of food safety, and items with this phrase are generally safe for consumption after the date.
Typically, one-third of a product's shelf-life remains after the sell-by date for the consumer to use at home.
This date is intended for consumers and is a suggestion for when the food item will be at its best quality.
Food is generally safe if consumed past this date, but may have deteriorated in flavor, texture, or appearance
The best-by date is not the same as an expiration date, meaning the product hasn't expired by the best-by date.
Regardless of 'use-by' or 'best-by' dates if you're unsure about something it's best to just toss it and avoid the risk of getting sick.