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The USDA also offers on its Web site a handy chart of the storage times for various food products.
For example, fresh poultry can be stored in the fridge for one or two days after purchase, while beef, pork, and eggs can go three to five days.
If a product “sell-by” date has passed, look for something fresher.
If you come across a product in your kitchen with an expired “best by/use-by” date, it’s just no longer fresh.
Here are some general rules that protect both the food you distribute and the guests you’re serving: Many people are confused about how long to keep a product after its date has passed.
It can be difficult to help people understand the food is safe, given all the advertising that tries to convince us otherwise so we’ll dump the “old” food and continue to buy more.
Food safety is of primary concern to Second Harvest Foodbank, to your agency and to the people you serve.
Manufacturers and retailers use these systems to track and rotate products.
The “use-by” or “best by” dates on food packages are the manufacturers’ recommendations as to the product’s best quality, not necessarily safety guidelines.
Some foods received by Second Harvest Foodbank are past date.
For most types of foods, this means that they may have past their peak nutritional value and taste at that time, but remain safe to eat when stored properly.