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What is the difference between use by and best before dates and why avoid foods that are out of date?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Reading food labels: "best before" typically refers to the preservation of optimal taste and texture of the food, while "use by" has more to do with its expiration. Expired foods run the risk of spoilage and bacterial contamination that make you sick when consumed.

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Last updated Dec 26, 2012

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