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ARE “USE BY” AND “BEST IF USED BY” THE SAME THING?
ARE “USE BY” AND
“BEST IF USED BY”
THE SAME THING?
You may (or may not) have heard that grocery manufacturers and food retailers are joining together to standardize the date labels on our food. The very-much-still-in progress plan is to streamline all the the different pieces of official-sounding jargon down to two simple phrases:
So first of all... are they the same thing?
Longer, Much More Informative Answer:
Pertains to Safety
Also known as “USE or Freeze By”
Which means the product in question might be bad–like, not necessarily fit for human consumption bad (aka don’t eat it). Products that are past their “USE by” should instead be discarded (aka they’re ready for a pantry purge).
BEST if Used By
Pertains to Quality
Also known as “BEST if Used or Freeze By.”
Which means that while the product in question might not be the best for a cooking competition, it should still be okay to eat.
You may have noticed that the words “use” and “best” are consistently in capital letters–that’s so consumers can quickly determine if a product is safe for consumption.
Retailers and manufacturers are being urged to hit levels of widespread adoption over the next few years.
How to remember the difference
WHY DOES THIS MATTER?
Well, because cutting down on food waste does a lot of things. Most importantly, it’s central to creating a world where everybody–and we mean everybody, everywhere–has access to great tasting, nutritious meals–