When Your Food Goes Out Of Date, Here’s How Long It Stays Safe To Eat

If the date on your food has already passed, think about this before you throw it in the trash.

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Whether the date on food packaging says “best if sold by” or “best by,” it doesn’t always mean what you might think. The suitability of any given item depends on a number of variables: including how it is packed, transported and stored. However, even if the date of a product has already passed, it may still be okay to consume. So, keep in mind the following tips before throwing good food in the trash.

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