Open dating does not provide a safety date, just a “use-by” or “sell-by” date that suggests when the food will no longer be of the highest quality.The product is likely still safe to consume after the open date has passed, as long as the consumer handles and stores the food properly and safely.For meat, poultry, and egg products under the jurisdiction of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), dates may be voluntarily applied provided they are labeled in a manner that is truthful and not misleading and in compliance with FSIS regulations.
There are different categories of food dating, with open dating being the most common.
Open food dating is helpful for consumers, in that it can help them determine a safe date that the food should be purchased by before the quality of the food begins to deteriorate.
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Most of these labels do not guarantee the safety of food. A product that has passed its shelf life might still be safe, but quality is no longer guaranteed.