Best by, sell by, use by, enjoy by, more delicious by... You've probably seen a few of these on the products you buy and eat, but what do they actually mean? Well, the truth is... not much. Did you know that the federal government does not require dating on food product (except for baby formula)? If stored and handled properly, the product should be wholesome and safe to eat long after the date recommended. However, still use your best judgement. If a product has an off odor, taste, or texture, the food is not safe to consume.

Wondering if you can donate your food, even after the “best by” date has passed? The answer is yes! Look for signs of spoilage, and if the product is not exhibiting any of that, it’s still good to consume. Food banks and charitable donation centers should evaluate the product prior to its distribution and consumption.

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