How to Use the ‘Best-By’ Dates on Your Food

July 29, 2015

With food waste and ugly food making headlines again in recent weeks, we wanted to give you a reminder of what food date labels actually mean.

The key takeaway is that a “best-by” or “sell-by” date is not an expiration date and doesn’t necessarily mean that the safety of the food product declines after that date.

All the date labels come from the manufacturer and are aimed at different audiences.

A “best-by” or “use-by” date is guidance for consumers to get the best experience of the product, says David Fikes, vice president of Consumer/Community Affairs and Communications for the Food…