Motivated to Marry Dating and Relationship Coach Coach Amy works with marriage-minded individuals who are ready to take charge of their dating efforts and learn a system of how to meet people who share their values so they can meet the right one and have the family life they desire."Sell by Feb 14" is a type of information you might find on a meat or poultry product. Does it mean the product will be unsafe to use after that date?
However, if a calendar date is used, it must express both the month and day of the month (and the year, in the case of shelf-stable and frozen products).
If a calendar date is shown, immediately adjacent to the date must be a phrase explaining the meaning of that date such as "sell-by" or "use before." There is no uniform or universally accepted system used for food dating in the United States.
Although dating of some foods is required by more than 20 states, there are areas of the country where much of the food supply has some type of open date and other areas where almost no food is dated. Open dating is found primarily on perishable foods such as meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products.
"Closed" or "coded" dating might appear on shelf-stable products such as cans and boxes of food.
Foods can develop an off odor, flavor or appearance due to spoilage bacteria.
If a food has developed such characteristics, you should not use it for quality reasons.
If foods are mishandled, however, foodborne bacteria can grow and, if pathogens are present, cause foodborne illness — before or after the date on the package.
[Top of Page] Types of Dates [Top of Page] Safety After Date Expires Except for "use-by" dates, product dates don't always pertain to home storage and use after purchase.
"Use-by" dates usually refer to best quality and are not safety dates.