Decoding Food Product DatesUse by date

How many of us have cleaned a cupboard, refrigerator or freezer and tried to remember when we bought a food buried in the back? On closer inspection of the food's product dating information, perhaps further questions arose:

  • What exactly is a "use-by" date? A "sell by" date? A "best if used by" date?
  • Can you  crack a date code?
  • What are some general storage times for food?

Discover the answers in this article on Food Product Dating by the U.S. Department of Agriculture / Food Safety and Inspection Service.