Don’t be scared to purchase the reduced priced food simply because the date has passed, it will taste great and save you cash.
"Best if Used By" is a type of date you might find on a meat, poultry, or egg product label. Does it mean the product will be unsafe to use after that date?
Here is some background information answering these and other questions about product dating. Two types of product dating may be shown on a product label.
“Best-if-used-by” date – Tells the consumer how long the product will be at its best flavor or quality.
“Use-by” date – Tells the consumer the last date recommended for using the product while at its peak quality and flavor.
When it comes to food, calendar dates relating to time and temperature are important and sometimes confusing.
Terms we use are: 1) food product or code dating used for commercial food manufacturing and 2) date marking used for food prepared onsite in a restaurant.
These dates are NOT an indication of product safety.
Except for infant formula and some baby foods, food companies are not required by federal law to date their products, though some state regulations do require them for certain products.
Even so, many companies include them to assist consumers.