Those packaged fresh foods have a date label. But what does each date mean?
WHAT IS “USE BY”?
You usually see it on fresh foods that are frozen or chilled. Essentially, they are perishable goods. If eaten after the stated date, they could cause food poisoning.
Meat, fish, dairy and chicken that are frozen have “use by” label. The “use by” means that you need to store the product according to its directions found on its packaging.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU EAT THE PRODUCT AFTER THE “USE BY” DATE?
As mentioned earlier, it may poison you. You must not eat foods after the “use by” date.
However, you can still eat or drink it after that date, as long as you adhere to these guidelines:
- The food is frozen.
- It is thawed and cooked within 24 hours.
WHAT OF “BEST BEFORE”?
It is usually written on the less perishable goods. They are not fresh foods. These can be pasta, rice and canned goods.
What this date means is that the food is at its best before the stated date.
When it is beyond the date, it will not poison you.
It only means that the food past its best.
In the case of legumes, if they have passed the best before date, they might take longer to cook.