Re: Raw Milk VictoriesJan 26th, 2010
A tag (external - login to view) sealing a bag of hot dog buns displays a best before date of February 29.
Best before dates appear on a wide range of frozen, dried, tinned and other foods. These dates are usually only advisory and refer to the quality of the product, in contrast with use by and best by dates, which indicate that the product is no longer safe to consume after the specified date. (external - login to view) In spite of this, about a third of food bought is thrown away while still edible.[citation needed (external - login to view)] In fact, food kept past the best before date will not necessarily be harmful, but may begin to lose its optimum flavour and texture. Eggs are a special case, since they may contain salmonella (external - login to view), which multiplies over time; they should therefore not be eaten after the best before date.