Woman Checking Sell By Date On Salad Bag In Refrigerator

Date Posted: 11/13/20

NCP Blog: Is This Still Good?

“Is this still good?” my son asked as he was rummaging through the refrigerator the other day and came upon some juice whose expiration date had long ago passed. “It depends,” I said and began to explain the wonderful world of expiration dates.


Expiration Dates: What It All Means

According to U.S. Department of Agriculture:

  • Best if used by date: The best date for flavor and quality.
  • Sell-by date: How long the store can display the product.
  • Use-by date: The last date that the product is at peak quality.
  • Closed by date or coded dates: The numbers and letters used by the manufacturer to indicate the day and time the product was packed.


So how do you know if something is still good? One way is to use the old “sniff test.” Yes, that’s right, rely on your reliable nose. And if something just doesn’t look right, toss it, don’t chance it.


However, don’t just leave it to your nose or eyes. Those expiration dates are trying to tell you something.


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