Food Labels: Don’t Believe the ‘Use By’ Date

Do you throw out food when it’s past the “use by” or “sell by” date on the label, thinking it’s no longer safe to eat? Then you’re making the same mistake that 91 percent of Americans – myself included – make: namely, prematurely tossing billions of pounds of food (and wasting lots of money) every year because we think those dates indicate food safety. In actuality, the dates stamped on food products are set by manufacturers primarily to help retailers …