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Many food packages have "sell by", "use by", and "best before" dates printed on them, but often these dates do not indicate the safety of the food, rather the peak quality. Just because the date has passed doesn't mean you need to throw it out.

 ‘Use-by’ dates: A myth that needs busting

 USDA: Food Product Dating

 Why food companies need to expire 'sell by' dates

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Studies estimate that a full 20 percent of food waste is linked to date labeling confusion. Of course, that also means 20 percent more sales for manufacturers recommending those dates. One study estimates that grocery stores discard $2,300 worth of "out-of-date" food goods each day.

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