How Long Does Poultry Last?

All raw poultry is fresh poultry, right? Wrong! The term fresh on a poultry label refers to a raw product that has never been stored at temperatures lower than 26°F. Raw poultry held at 0°F or lower must be labeled frozen or "previously frozen". However, no specific labeling is required for raw poultry stored at temperatures between 0-25°F.

Let's clear up another misunderstanding. When consumers hear the word poultry, many think of antibiotics and hormones. Fact is, hormones aren't used in the raising of chickens. As for antibiotics, a withdrawal period is required from the time antibiotics are administered before the bird can be slaughtered. This ensures that no residues are present in the bird's system when it is killed. Still concerned? Organically-raised birds aren't given antibiotics at all.

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What are our shelf life resources?

In determining how long Poultry lasts, our content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of Poultry.

*An important note about expiration dates...

Although the Poultry shelf life information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be taken as an opinion and not a replacement for your health care professional. Please eat responsibly!