Food Expiration DatesCheck out this story about food expiration dates: The only food that must have an expiration date is infant formula.

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These are quality dates and are released by the food manufacturer’s to indicate when the item tastes best. These dates have no relationship to spoilage.

The most helpful information in this news story is the shelf life chart. Check it out. Below, find additional foods and their shelf lives, according to the USDA. Every food product listed should be stored at a refrigerator temperature of 40 F and below for the following shelf life to pertain.

Eggs 21 to 35 days
Lunch meat 14 days [unopened];3 to 5 days [opened]
Bacon 14 days [unopened];7 days [opened]
Cured Ham 5 to 7 days
Beef, Veal, Pork and Lamb 3 to 5 days
Ground Meat 1 or 2 days
Sausage 1 or 2 days
Apples 90 to 240 days
Grapefruit 28 to 42 days
Strawberries 5 to 7 days
Raspberries 1 to 2 days
Grapes 56 to 180 days
Carrots 28 to 128 days
Cherries 10 to 21 days
Asparagus 10 to 20 days
Bunched Broccoli 10 to 14 days
Celery 3 to 5 days
Lettuce 14 to 21 days

Source: ABC News, September 10, 2013

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