Food Expiration: Do Dates Really Matter? (cont.)
How Long Are Foods OK to Eat?
If you are not up on your Julian calendar and dating seems sort of a hodgepodge, how about memorizing some basic rules?
Food Safety Tips
Since product dates don't give you a true guide to safe use of a product, here are some other tips from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Services:
When Do Other Vital Items Go Bad?
The FDA does require that drugs carry an expiration date. Alan Goldhammer, PhD, associate vice president for regulatory affairs of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), tells WebMD that safety, purity, and potency must be tested and established over time by drug manufacturers. If a drug says the expiration date is 18 months hence, it means these three qualities can only be guaranteed that long, assuming the drug is stored properly.
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