Do you really need to throw food away by the date printed on the carton? If not, how long do you have before it really goes bad? Here’s what I found that may surprise you.
Hilary MeyerUpdated August 07, 2022
Some people have a fear of snakes. Others are afraid of heights. For me, it’s spoiled food. I’m not claiming that this fear of mine is at all rational, but do I really need to be concerned?
There comes a time when everyone has to face their fears. And that’s going to start with a little digging into expiration dates. Do I really need to throw food away by the date printed on the carton? If not, how long do I have before it really goes bad? And what does “going bad” really mean? Is it unsafe?
Here’s what I found that may surprise you:
1. Expiration dates aren’t required
I assumed that there is a regulatory process involved with expiration dates-hard and fast rules. This is not the case. According to the USDA, expiration dates on food aren’t required by the federal government. Although some states do require it, there are dating regulations when it comes to infant formula.