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For sell-by dates that go past at home, you can continue to store the food for a short amount of time depending on what it is. Some common products are: ground meat and poultry (1-2 days past the date), beef (3-5 days past the date), eggs (3-5 weeks past the date). If you’re concerned about food safety, use your nose.
A product will remain fresh and of good quality right up to the best-before date (and sometimes beyond), if it is properly stored, both at the store and at your home. It may still be safe to eat those foods after the ‘best before’ date, but they may have lost quality and some nutritional value.
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.
The Best By date refers to the date recommended that you use the product by for best physical and/or sensory quality. It is not an expiration date, but rather the date by which NOW Foods recommends consumption.
A “Best if Used By/Before” date indicates when a product will be of best flavor or quality. It is not a purchase or safety date. A “Sell-By” date tells the store how long to display the product for sale for inventory management. It is not a safety date.
Foods with a shelf life of more than two years may not be marked with a best-before date. Some foods, such as eggs or baked goods, are ideally eaten as close to the best-before date as possible. Only leave for one or two days past the date.
Difference Between Use By and Best Before Use by dates indicate when a product may no longer be safe to eat. You should not eat, cook, or freeze it after the date displayed, even if it looks or smells fine. Best before dates are an indication of quality rather than safety.
“Best by” indicates when a product will be of best flavor or quality. “Sell by” is used by manufacturers to ensure proper turnover throughout the journey of the food product. This helps the food retain a long shelf life even after purchase. “Use by” marks the last date recommended for the use of the product.
These dates aren’t required by federal law (though some states require them) and don’t necessarily indicate a product’s safety (with the exception of baby formula). In fact, perishable products are usually safe to consume beyond their “best by” date if they’ve been handled and stored properly.
While a best before date indicates freshness, the expiry date simply tells consumers the last day a product is safe for consumption. In other words, best before dates are quality indicators and expiry dates are cut-off periods.
“Best before” dates are about quality, not safety. When the date is passed, it doesn’t mean that the food will be harmful, but it might begin to lose its flavour and texture. Eggs have a shelf life of 28 days (from date laid to best before date).
Bread: 5-7 days past expiration date “Bread can last around five to seven days past its expiry date,” says Megan Wong, RD, a registered dietitian working with AlgaeCal. “But be on the lookout for mold, especially if stored in a moist environment. It’s best to store bread in a cool, dry place.
After the use-by date, don’t eat, cook or freeze your food. The food could be unsafe to eat or drink, even if it has been stored correctly and looks and smells fine. A lot of foods, including meat and milk, can be frozen (Opens in a new window) before the use-by date though so plan ahead.
Use or freeze beef, veal, pork, and lamb products with a “Sell-By” date within 3 to 5 days of purchase. Fresh chicken, turkey, ground meat, and ground poultry should be cooked or frozen within 1 to 2 days of purchase.