What Does the Date on My Monks’ Bread Tag Mean?

What Does the Date on My Monks’ Bread Mean?


In the world of food, labeling and packaging is an important communication between a manufacturer and consumers.  One of the more confusing issues consumers ask me about is, “What does the date really mean on a food package?”  Is it expiring, best to use by, best sell by?  This article in the Food Safety News is a great place to start to better understand that the date on the food you are buying and eating may not be an expiration date after all  You may not need to throw that item away yet and buy another quite so soon.

Our tag date on Monks’ Bread is a “Sell By” date.  Food Safety News says:

The labeling “sell by” tells the store how long to display the product for sale. You should buy the product before the date expires. This is basically a guide for the retailer, so the store knows when to pull the item. This is not mandatory, so reach in back and get the freshest. The issue is quality of the item (freshness, taste, and consistency) rather than whether it is on the verge of spoiling. Paul VanLandingham, EdD, a senior faculty member at the Center for Food and Beverage Management of Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., tells WebMD the “sell by” date is the last day the item is at its highest level of quality, but it will still be edible for some time after.

Till we eat again,

Kevin Baker

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