Expiration dates: reminder
Ran across this on another web forum and thought some folks here might find it useful.
Dates printed on packages
Labeling food products with “expiration” and “best before” dates is completely voluntary. Only makers of infant formula, and some baby foods, are mandated to print expiration dates on their products.
An “expiration date” is the most serious label as it marks the last day a certain product is safe to consume according to the FDA. To the contrary, a “best before” date or “use by” date is simply the last day the food is guaranteed to be as fresh and tasty as the manufacturer intended. It’s still safe to eat after that, just not as fresh. A “sell by” date only indicates how long a supermarket should keep the item on the shelf. You should buy these items by that date, but you still have a few days to consume it.