Is it safe to drink milk after the "use by" date? What does "best by" really mean on a loaf of bread?
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Not true what to make at that day on your beef or bags of lettuce, dates on foods can be confusing and not all are the same. A sell by date tells retailers when to remove products from shelves, you should buy the food before that date, but it is often fine to use after work. For example milk may be okay for 5 days or so and eggs for 3-5 weeks after purchase, poultry and sea food should be cooked or frozen with in a couple of days after purchase, a best of used by date has to do with quality, not safety. It indicates when the product may start loosing flavor or nutritional value, then there all those mysterious dates on cans, they often referred to the time of manufacture and are none attended as a guide for consumers. What ever the day always pay attention to storage and handling avoid cans and packages that are damaged, which may affect quality, refrigerate pairs of the foods within a hour or 2 after purchase and store other foods in a cool dry place. Above all let common sense be your guy, if in doubt toss it out.

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