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Importance of Product Dating for Food Items

by Joe Kivett and Dr. Mark Tamplin, Food Safety Experts
October 26, 2017

Question: What is product dating and why is it important?

Answer: Experts estimate the $165 billion in food in the United States is thrown away each year as a result of fear generated by expiration dates.
Close attention should be paid to expiration dates on perishable foods, as late-origin consumption is attributed to the most prevalent cases of food poisoning.
Dates on nonperishable foods are not related to quality, they are used to indicate peak freshness.
In most states, milk, if stored properly, should remain fresh and wholesome for up to five days beyond the expiration date.
Dry pasta can be used a year beyond the expiration date, with little to no effect on the taste.
If you are not sure about the safety of food, do not eat it.  WHEN IN DOUBT THROW IT OUT!
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Joe Kivett and Dr. Mark Tamplin with Dr. Gerald Kivett are the co-authors of "The Food Safety Book: What You Don't Know Could Kill You".

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