Best-if-used-by date: This is not a safety-related date, according to Home Food Rather, it is the recommended date for the best flavor or quality.
“If a product has a use-by date, follow that date.” Open dating: This type of dating uses a calendar date as opposed to a code, according to Home Food
It helps the store determine how long to display the product and helps you know when to purchase or use the product at its best quality.
“Sell-by dates generate confusion and offer consumers no useful guidance once they have brought their purchases home,” says the study.
According to “The Dating Game,” a study by the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, retailers use the sell-by date for stock control, and thus should be invisible to consumers.
So before you starting disposing of everything in your kitchen — or poison yourself — check out these definitions.