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USE-BY AND SELL-BY DATES ON FOOD PRODUCTS

Manufacturers provide Use-by and Sell-by dates to help consumers decide when food is of best quality.  In both cases, a product should be safe if handled properly until spoilage is evident.  Spoiled foods often have an off-odor and off-taste.  But look for other signs, such as changes in texture or color, because as you get older, your sense of smell may become less keen.  These changes will typically occur before a food becomes unsafe

Sell-by is the date set by manufacturers to tell retailers when to remove the product from shelves.  Use-by is the date when the manufacturer guarantees the product is at its best quality.  However, use-by is a safety date when used on infant formula.

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Source:  Consumer Reports on Health, February 2019.