Did you know that a store can sell food past the expiration date printed on the label? Or that manufacturers only voluntarily stamp dates on foods?
• Sell-By: How long the store should display the food. Buy before this date and cook within one to two days for poultry and ground meats, three to five days for red meat.
• Best If Used By or Before: A recommendation for best flavor or quality.
• Use-By: Last date for the food’s peak quality, but not a safety date.
• Closed or coded dates: Packing numbers used by the manufacturer and valuable in case of a recall.
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