Whelan wrote:gmalivuk wrote:Here, at least (USA), some things have a sell-by date and others have a use-by date. I think the former is most useful for supermarkets to know when they have to take something down, but the latter is much better for shoppers who have a good idea of how long it's likely to take them to finish something off.Posi wrote:A product sold on its expiration date should be consumable by a typical family without spoilage.
As far as I know we have three in the UK, Best before dates; whichare aguidline as to when they should be eaten, Sell by dates which are when the shop should have sold them by, and Use by which is the hard limit. You usually only find one of them on any given product though.
It should be noted that even the 'use by' date isn't an indicator that the product will harm you, it's just old enough that the quality will have declined. Companies are careful about these things. Orange juice past the 'use by' date will have substantially lower vitamin c levels, but it's still unlikely to have anything nasty growing in it