University of Connecticut Balances Food Safety and Food Waste By Deciphering Labels

Nutrition labels alone can be confusing, but food labels designating freshness can also trick consumers. University of Connecticut Extension helps to decipher the safety and quality labels.

You’ve all seen the labels: “sell by,” “use by,” “best before.” All of these are “open dating,” where the date is an estimation of how long the product will be at its best quality. The keyword is estimation, as a lot of perishable foods are safe past the date stamped on them. Did you know eggs are as safe as many as 4-6 weeks after the sell-by date?

University of Connecticut Extension lays out the guidelines for perishable foods so you can balance between food safety and food waste.

Questions about frozen or packaged foods? University of Connecticut has an answer to that here.

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