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Types of Open Dates:
Open dating is found primarily on perishable foods such as meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products.
•    A“Sell-By” date tells the store how long to display the product for sale.  You should buy the product before the date expires.
•    A “Best if Used By (or Before)” date is recommended for best flavor or quality.  It is not a purchase or safety date.
•    A “Use-By” date is the last date recommended for the use of the product while at peak quality.  The date has been determined by the manufacturer of the product.
“Closed or coded dates” are packing numbers for use by the manufacturer. “Closed” or “coded” dating might appear on shelf-stable products such as cans and boxes of food.

Transporting Your Groceries
Follow these tips for safe transporting of your groceries:
•    Pick up perishable foods last, and plan to go directly home from the grocery store.
•    Always refrigerate perishable foods within 2 hours of cooking or purchasing.
•    Refrigerate within 1 hour if the temperature outside is above 90 °F.
•    In hot weather, take a cooler with ice or another cold source to transport foods safely.

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