For example, sausage formulated with certain ingredients used to preserve the quality of the product or fresh beef packaged in a modified atmosphere packaging system that helps ensure that the product will stay fresh for as long as possible.These products will typically maintain product quality for a longer period of time because of how the products are formulated or packaged.Food spoilage can occur much faster if it is not stored or handled properly.
[Top of Page] Safety After Date Passes With an exception of infant formula (described below), if the date passes during home storage, a product should still be safe and wholesome if handled properly until the time spoilage is evident (Chill Refrigerate Promptly).
Microorganisms such as molds, yeasts, and bacteria can multiply and cause food to spoil.
Viruses are not capable of growing in food and do not cause spoilage.
Except for infant formula, dates are not an indicator of the product’s safety and are not required by Federal law.
[Top of Page] How do Manufacturers Determine Quality Dates?