By Hilary Meyer, Associate Food Editor, EatingWell Magazine
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?
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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, there is "no uniform or universally accepted system used for food dating in the United States," although some states do require it, and there are