Expiration Dates 101

  • “Sell by” date: The last day the item may be on the shelf at the supermarket and usually the last day the item is at its highest level of quality. 
  • However, it will be edible seven to 10 days afterwards.
  • “Use by” date: This date has been determined by the manufacturer and is the last day the product is at peak quality. 
  • After this date, consume at your own risk
  • “Best if used by” date: This is an important expiration date and refers strictly to quality, not safety.
  • You may consume it after the date provided, but the product may lose its taste and flavor.