“Best By” Dates

894Every year, 40% of the U.S. food supply is thrown out uneaten because of expired dates. In a lot of cases, food is still safe even after it has passed its “Best By” date. While these dates are there for your safety, how you store your food is actually more important. Bacteria won’t grow on food that is stored at temperatures colder than 40 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer than 120 degrees Fahrenheit; the temperatures in between cause food to fall into the “Danger Zone.”*

Make an effort to get food from the store to your fridge as quickly as possible. Also be mindful of bad habits (like leaving milk out on the counter while you eat breakfast) that could put your perishable foods and your health at risk.

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