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Dates on food packages aren't expiration dates. They're intended to ensure quality — not safety.
So what do the dates mean?
Rather than relying on these dates, make it a habit to use or freeze perishable food within a few days of purchase. Freezing ensures safety indefinitely, but quality will decline over time.
Understanding food dates can help you reduce food waste and save on grocery bills.
Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D.
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