Shelf Life of Food

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Best By Date

Janice Revell and her mother Jeanie are the founders of  The site is a database for food shelf life.  They also help explain what expiration dates on food actually mean.  For example, the "use-by' or "best if used by" date is information voluntarily supplied by the manufacturer.  The date is not an indicator of safety but instead quality.

Janice recommends using the sell-by date as a guide.  Don't buy a product after the sell-by date.  If stored properly, the item can be used beyond that date.  Milk, for example, can be used for about a week after the sell-by date.


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