“Best if used by” Date

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Provided by USDA Food Safety & Inspection Service

“Best if Used By” is a type of date you might find on a meat, poultry, or egg product label. Are dates required on these food products? Does it mean the product will be unsafe to use after that date? For answers to these and other questions about product dating, visit go.usa.gov/xMMh5.

When grocery shopping, remember to look for “Sell By” and “Use By” dates to ensure the food you are buying is at peak quality.


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