Labels give us lots of information. Food labels tell us when we should use the food. They tell us the ingredients and nutrients too.
Expiration date and best before:
Expiration date: expiration dates tell consumers the last day a product is safe to consume. Food should never be consumed after the expiration date.
Best before: best before dates are found on foods that will only stay fresh for 90 days or less. Some foods may be consumed even if their best before date has passed, unlike an expiry date. The date does not indicate spoilage, nor does it necessarily tell you that the food is no longer safe for consumption.
Best before dates guarantee freshness.
Opened packages negate best before date.
Next time you see a box or package remember to observe the expiration date or best before/by.