Question by  elsewhen (627)

Can I eat meat after the "sell by" date?

Is it just safe to rely on your sense of smell to decide?


Answer by  GeekBoy (146)

The "sell by" date is more for the grocery store's benefit than yours. That's the last date a product can be considered fresh for sales. A consumer may have a little more time to eat it. A "use by" date is more critical for consumer food safety.


Answer by  kiwee87 (141)

The "Sell by" date is not an expiration date. It will be safe to eat, just not very long afterwards.


Answer by  HelpfulMal (539)

As long as you cook it to the recommended internal temperature for whichever mean you're cooking, sense of smell is a safe bet.


Answer by  lea (68)

Generally unless frozen your meat will only stay fresh for up to 3 days from the sell by date. Your sense of smell is normally right on when it comes to telling if you should eat the meat that's been in your fridge, unless of course you have a cold and can't smell anything.

posted by Anonymous
Its ok to eat meat up to 2 days after its use by date because it only starts to look and smell different because the air is getting to it.  add a comment

Answer by  Lindsay22 (39)

You should never eat meet that has gone past its 'sell by' date. Even if the meat smells okay to you, dangerous microbes inside the meat may have already begun to proliferate. Eating expired meat is a surefire way to get sick.

Reply by elsewhen (627):
i think that this is a little exaggerated, but when it comes to your health, i agree with you - its better to err on the side of caution and stay away. you should only buy the meat that you can eat before the expiration date.  add a comment
posted by Anonymous
Lindsay, you are mistaken, dear heart. We dry cure meats under proper conditions for a number of weeks. We have become accustomed to bright red steaks, but that color and sell by date do not determine the edibilty of meat. Mercy.  add a comment
posted by Anonymous
you are wrong... stores always place dates so you can go back again and purchase new  add a comment

Answer by  Anonymous

I was once told by my Home Economics teacher when in doubt throw it out I live by that rule when it comes to food...

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