Don’t Trust The Expiration Dates On Food Labels

Every year, tons of food is being thrown away as a result of the expiration dates on the products. Nevertheless, the expiration dates do not always point out that the products are not safer.

According to the National Defense Council, the labelled “sell by” dates do not indicate the safety of foods but the time until they should be kept in stock.

Other labels such as “use by” and “best by” indicate the time when the item has reached its optimal freshness but not spoilage.

So, the dates can be quite misleading.

What you should be careful of is the time when the product was bought and when it was opened.

Here is a list of the real expiration dates of some foods:


It does not have an expiration date, so you can use it your entire life.

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter can be used for 4 months after being opened.


It can last one week more than the expiration date indicates. Bear in mind to smell it before consuming.


If frozen, the yogurt can last up to a month but if fresh keep it for one week and no more than the “sell by” expiration date.


A box of chocolate can stay from 6-9 months at room temperature but for 18 months if frozen.


If you freeze salmon it can last for a year but if you keep it in the basket throw it after 2-5 weeks.

Uncooked Poultry

It can last up to 9 months if frozen but after a few days in the fridge.


When the eggs are frozen, they can last up to a year but in the basket use it for maximum 3-4 weeks.

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