Commercial food product dating
(States may require product dating for certain products).
“Best-if-used-by” date – Tells the consumer how long the product will be at its best flavor or quality.
In addition, some manufacturers choose to add dates on products such as snacks and cookies even though they are not required.
This sell by date represents the last day to sell the product so you will have time to store and use it at home safely.
In fact, according to FSIS, food can still be donated after the “best if used by” date passes.
Although FSIS appears concerned about food waste due to product dating, it does not make suggestions about a more standardized approach for companies to establish the “best if used by” product date.