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06/18/2019 / By Michelle Simmons
In some cases, the “expiration date” on food products does not indicate that they are expired. Each year, consumers throw out more than $200 billion worth of perfectly good food because of the expiration date. In reality, most expiration dates serve as guidelines more than rules. Even the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says the food is still safe to eat even after the date has passed, as long as it’s not showing any signs of spoilage. (h/t to UrbanSurvivalSite.com)
Here are some dating labels that will explain what food expiration date terms mean, which foods to throw out by expiration dates, and which ones to keep to help reduce food waste. (Related: Food waste is costing us all: The environmental and financial cost of spoiled food.)
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