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Food Freshness Tips and Guidelines

Refrigerator Storage Chart

reproduced from US Food & Drug Administration

 

Since product dates aren't a guide for safe use of a product, consult this chart and follow these tips. These short but safe time limits will help keep refrigerated foods from spoiling or becoming dangerous to consume.

 

  • Purchase the product before "sell-by" or expiration dates.

 

  • Follow handling recommendations on product.

 

  • Keep meat and poultry in its package until just before using.

 

  • If freezing meat and poultry in its original package longer than two months, overwrap these packages with airtight heavy-duty foil, plastic wrap, or freezer paper, or place the package inside a plastic bag.