Why You Might Want To Ignore That Sell-By Date
The world throws away billions of dollars worth of food, but much of that is safe to eat.By Melissa Prax | December 10, 2015
A lot of this confusion comes from expiration and sell-by dates. Often the sell by date is misinterpreted as the expiration date. But even expiration dates aren't completely accurate: Food can be good weeks after it's said to expire.
Sell-by dates are typically created by stores, and expiration dates are set by the manufacturers. Neither are set at a national level. The expiration date is an estimate of when the food will taste the best. You likely won't get sick for eating that food in a reasonable time-frame after either date.