Food Sell By Date Definition
Below is a standard definition for “Sell By Date,” but please see the individual EatByDate pages for specific items to know how long each may be used after the Sell By Date has passed (the home shelf life of your product).
So, what is the Sell By Date of a food item?
The “Sell By Date” on a product is the items expiration date, the end of its shelf life at the store. This is the last date stores are supposed to display the product for sale, after the Sell By Date the stores should remove the product, the store Shelf Life
has expired. Although the food product may be used and enjoyed past this date, it is not recommended to purchase a product if the Sell By date has past. This date is not as common as a best-by date. If you do purchase a product with an expired sell-by date
, you should get it on clearance and you should be going to use it very quickly after purchase.