Is It Legal To Sell Expired Food?

Is it ok for stores to sell food that’s expired? It depends. It is illegal for stores to sell food past its “Use By” date. However, stores are allowed to sell food after it has passed the “Best Until” “Best Before” “Sell By” or “Display Until” dates stamped on the sides of packages. As the name suggests, it just might not be its best, in terms of flavor, consistency, or texture. Still, why get the old stuff when you can get the fresh for the same price? Always check the expiration dates on food packages to make sure you’re getting the best value for your dollar.

REFERENCES:
What You Should Know About Outdated Food [KPTV]Expired Items On Store Shelves; FOX 12 Investigates [KPTV]
Labelling rules [Eatwell.gov]

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