The Difference Between Use-By, Sell-By, and Best-By Dates

Have you thrown away food because you weren’t sure what the label meant? You’re not alone! The average family wastes $1,500 to $1,800 worth of food each year, thanks in part to confusing food labels. 

Here’s a quick explainer of “Use by,” “Sell by,” and “Best by.”

Posted on Jul 9, 2018

Summary: Confusion over date labeling leads to billions of pounds of food waste every year. An expert explains the difference between “use-by,” “sell-by,” and “best-by” dates.