Sell by, Use by Dates
The use -by date is the last date recommended to use product at peak quality. We use sell by dates, use by dates, and expiration dates as a guideline to help you determine the freshness of perishable products. But what does all the mean? How can you be sure that a product is fresh, safe, and ready to eat? To help you understand the difference among these dates, here’s a quick explanation of their meaning.
Sell by Date
Indicates how long we display a product on the shelf. To ensure you get the freshest product available, we recommend that you buy perishable items on or before the sell-by date.
Use by Date
Indicates the last date recommended for use of the product while it’s still at peak quality. The product’s quality and freshness is guaranteed only up to that date.
Best if Used By (or Before) Date
Indicates the date is recommended for best flavor or quality. It is not a purchase or safety date.
If product has a "use-by" date, follow that date. If product has a "sell-by" date or no date, cook or freeze the product by the times on the chart.