Understanding Food Labels
Understanding dates on food packages can be a challenge. Many food packages are marked with dates that indicate freshness. Some examples include:
Expiration dates such as “Expires 2/15/12” or “Do not use after 7/9/11.” Look for these dates on vitamins, yeast, baking powder and cake mixes.
Pull dates an example includes “Sell by May 16.” Look for these dates on perishable, refrigerated foods such as milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, cream, eggs, lunch meat, and packaged salad mixes.