Food Shelf Life Laws
Food Shelf Life Definition
Below is a standard definition for “Shelf Life,” but please see the individual pages of this website for specific food items in order to know how long each may be safely used and for other specific Shelf Life information.
So, what is the “Shelf Life” of a food item?
The “Shelf Life” of food is how long it may be stored (exist on a shelf) before the quality deteriorates. Shelf life is used in reference to these common codes: (Use by Date, Sell by Date, and Best Before Date). The Shelf Life depends on which code is used and the type of product in question. Please see the specific page for your product to determine the proper shelf life of food because the Shelf Life is different for each particular item!